Monday, May 4, 2009

Candy Cup Caps


Can you guess what I’m going to make with all this stuff?

Candy Cup Caps

Little bitty candy cup graduation caps. That’s what.

I don’t even know anyone that’s graduating this year. But, because so many of you asked… here they are and hope you like…

Rainbow Candy

Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sweetly Sour Belts! Ummm… Can you say mouthful? When I found these in the candy aisle at the drug store, I had to grab them. I knew I could find something fun to do with them.

Rainbow Candy Belts

And besides… they’re just plain pretty!

Rainbow Candy

These were definitely the inspiration for the graduation caps. They make perfect tassles and give you color choices at the same time. Just cut apart each color strip with a knife.


Now, grab a bag of miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups. But, before you unwrap them, stick them in the freezer for a few minutes. It will make it easier to remove the wrapper and keep the sides looking pretty when you do.


If you remove the wrappers while the candies are room temperature, the sides sometimes come off with the wrapper like this. But that’s okay, because these rejects taste good.


After you unwrap them, place all the cups on a sheet of wax paper and let them get back to room temperature. When the chill is gone, dip the end of your lollipop stick in some melted candy coating and carefully insert into the candy cups. If they are too cold, the cups will split apart. Just insert the sticks about halfway and let dry.


Now, work on the tops. I used these small Godiva chocolate squares. They aren’t the cheapest little things, but the proportions were perfect and because they were individually wrapped, the edges were clean. I found them at a store called the World Market a while ago. Just draw a thin line of candy coating on top with a toothpick and glue on a short piece of the candy belt and a rainbow chip sprinkle in the same color to match.

Candy Cup Caps

When the tops are dry, glue them on the candy cups using some more of the candy coating and insert into a styrofoam block to finish drying.


But, wait a minute. What if you don’t want brown graduation caps?

Or maybe you’re just dying to do the whole cake pop thing. Well, you’re in luck.

Graduation Cake Pops

Grab some colored candy melts and get your hands on one of these square candy molds.

Pour some melted candy coating in each square and then drop it on the counter several times to flatten/smooth out the chocolate. Put them in the freezer for a few minutes and it will be easier to pop them out of the molds.

Graduation Cake Pops

You can also use one of these medium size candy cup molds. I’ve shown them before with the Cake Bite Method. Just fill the bottom of the cup with some melted candy. Place small, chilled cake ball shapes (smaller than the width of the mold) and push them into the candy coating until the coating inches up the sides. That one on the right is how they look for the Cake Bite Method, but for these they should be almost flush with the height of the molds.

Graduation Cake Pops

Then, cover the exposed areas with more melted candy coating. When covered, insert lollipop sticks about halfway in. By the way, using chilled cake balls here helps the sticks stand up straight when you insert them. Then place these in the freezer for a few minutes and when dry, they’ll pop out relatively easy. Don’t try to pull them out by the sticks, though. Push them out by pressing on the mold underneath.

Then, you can glue everything on. Instead of rainbow chip sprinkles, use a mini-size m&m because these hats are larger in size than the Reese’s version.

Graduation Cake Pops

And there you have it… Colored Candy Covered Cake Ball Caps!

P.S. If you can’t find Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sour Belts, then try pull apart Twizzlers. They are bigger and round, but if you cut them in half, I think you can glue them, flat side down.

Candy Cup Caps

manboje said...

Sorry about the space.

January 22, 2011 09:09 AM
Mayra said...

My husband thinks i’m going crazy. I just attempted my first cake pop and they came out so yummy. I love this! Thank you for all the inspiration! Also, I want to thank you for making your methods so accessible. I’ve seen other websites trying to sell their “secrets” to cake pops but you’ve just put this out there ofr us. THANKS!

April 7, 2011 11:05 PM
amanda said...

the blue and gold are perfect!!! those are pitt colors :)

April 12, 2011 10:05 PM
Lu said...

My son is graduating from HS this summer and I am graduating from college in Jan…so I get to make these twice! :) I really cannot wait..such a great and cute idea..and something I have never seen these at any grad party..or any party around here. :)

May 9, 2011 03:59 PM
Jenn said...

OMG! These are so, so cute and easy! I have 3 cousins graduating next month and these would be perfect for the party. Thanks!

May 10, 2011 01:13 PM
Mandy said...

I featured these today! Thanks again for the inspiration!

May 11, 2011 09:43 AM
Jen said...

I adore your fun projects! Thank you so much for being willing to share your creativity. I made these yesterday for a friend and they turned out great. You can see the pictures here:

Thank you again for such wonderful idea’s!

May 11, 2011 03:57 PM
hillary said...

how do you make the blue a dark blue becuase the candy melts only come in light blue.

May 14, 2011 11:05 AM
vsardinas said...

I’m graduating elementary school this year and definitely gonna use this idea. my friends love cake pops but don’t now how to make them. there is a first time for evrything. soooooooo exited

May 14, 2011 09:15 PM
Sondra H said...

These were easy to make and such a hit at my husbands law school graduation dinner!! They were gone before dinner!! So great!

May 18, 2011 02:30 PM
Grace said...

So creative! I’m hopefully going to do these for my sister. I hope they come out as great as yours! (:
*greetings from Georgia!

May 21, 2011 08:44 PM
Ciara said...

I made them last night for my sister’s & cousin’s graduation & they were a HIT. However, instead of Godiva squares (which J didn’t want to shell out money for) I used two of the Hershey’s individual rectangle pieces together because they make a square & were perfectly proportioned.

May 27, 2011 05:39 PM
Chef Elaine said...

Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing :)

May 30, 2011 09:02 AM
Bevie said...

Can I make these ahead?? and maybe freeze them??? I have a ton of baking to do next week right before graduation of my daughter and want to make these candies for her party too…Just worried about timing..

June 2, 2011 03:16 PM
clgrimes said...

I love these and want to make them for my daughters graduation party in a few weeks, but the only question that I have it what do you use as glue? What is the yellow dot? I was thinking of using 2 hershey candy bar squares as the top instead of the chocolates that you used. Your thoughts?


June 6, 2011 11:34 PM
Natalie said...

Im so excited to make these tomorrow! I bought all the stuff today and just finished baking my cake:) I’m making them as soon as I’m off work tomorrow my niece and cousin graduate wednesday and this is their surprise:)

June 7, 2011 01:18 AM
Sarah said...

These are awesome!! Thank you for a wonderful idea…will be making these for my sister’s graduation party this weekend! I have a question…what do you use to “glue” on the candy belt and rainbow chip sprinkle?

June 15, 2011 05:48 PM
Kate13 said...

I totally was planning an making these for my 8th grade graduation. . . but i forgot

June 19, 2011 10:11 PM
Nancy said...

I made these for my brother’s girlfriends grad. It was such a hit Now I am making then for the daughters Gr 8 grad…I wish I was graduating again ! They are so cute
thank you so much

June 21, 2011 01:30 PM
Bianca said...

I am so fascinated by ur blog! Keep up the good work. U have so many amazing ideas haha I wish I were this creative :)

Chihuahua, Mexico

June 22, 2011 12:38 PM
JennM/PrettyinPosies said...

Awesome! I just made these with my 11 and 9 yr old for my son’s fifth grade moving up to middle school. They were easy enough for them to do most of the work. My son cannot wait to bring them into school tomorrow for his last day of elementary school.
You are just so creative! :)

June 22, 2011 06:19 PM
Julia said...

I am graduating grade 8 next week and I am super excited to make these for all of my classmates! It’ll be a lot of work… i have 64 cake pops to make – which (eek!) means a double recipe!! They don’t have the molds like yours in canada, so I bought a taller square silicone mold and will only fill it up a bit and the mold you used for the hat in your snowman cupcakes. Wish me luck!!

June 25, 2011 03:11 PM
maddy said...


July 14, 2011 02:36 PM
Ruth Crean said...

Great tutorial…I posted about it on my blog today!

December 7, 2011 05:36 PM
cameron hgfhgf said...

where did you learn how to make those cake pops! they are extraordinary!

December 29, 2011 05:15 PM
a said...

i am graduating elementrary school and even thou we dont have caps and gowns we can make it special rights

January 22, 2012 12:37 PM
Anonymous said...

Thinking about using rolos instread of reese’s.

March 10, 2012 01:10 AM
Sylvia Hopkinson said...

This is awsom! My daughter is graduating from Eastern Washington Univerity in June and I am going to make these ffor her party! Thank you for putting this up so I can look clever and impress my little girl.

March 19, 2012 01:10 AM
Victoria said...

Can I order 100 pieces of this? pls. give more details to order. thanks!

April 18, 2012 07:02 PM
Maria said...

U r a life saver…. I didnt know what to do for decor and favors (i hate those dust collectors that everyone gives out like little figurines) … I am definitely making these ones for my daughter’s graduation… THANKS!!!!

April 24, 2012 09:05 AM
kensi schaub said...

These are impossible to make, don’t even try. I tried every technique and they were horrible.

April 26, 2012 08:51 PM
lisa said...

OMG too cute. My son graduates June 6th and the school colors are blue and orange..I’ll definitely make these for the big grad party I’m throwing in july

April 28, 2012 07:03 PM
valerie said...

omg i love these my cousin is graduation this year and i think he will love these

May 10, 2012 05:23 PM
LaNette said...

i found these on the website & my daughter is graduation is this Friday so im making these for her party.. I love the ideal..

May 14, 2012 10:48 AM
pat wenner said...

where can i purchase the molds to make the caps

May 15, 2012 05:32 PM
pat wenner said...

whre can i purchase the molds to make the grad capsd.

May 15, 2012 05:34 PM
lolololol said...

how do u make them

May 17, 2012 08:05 AM
sher b said...

my daughter is graduating this year and this will make a perfect party favor!

May 17, 2012 12:38 PM
Anonymous said...

I saw this idea in a cake book at my school book fair.

May 22, 2012 01:07 PM
Anonymous said...

you should use a bit of icing to make the string coming off the hat and use some more icing to attach the resse’s to choc. for choc. you can use hershey bars and use 2 rectangles of choc. (that makes a perfect square) and turn the side of the choc. that says hershey upside down so you get a clean plain perfect square of chocolate for the hats

May 30, 2012 04:14 PM
Anonymous said...

you should use a bit of icing to make the string coming off the hat and use some more icing to attach the resse’s to choc. for choc. you can use hershey bars and use 2 rectangles of choc. (that makes a perfect square) and turn the side of the choc. that says hershey upside down so you get a clean plain perfect square of chocolate for the hats

May 30, 2012 04:14 PM
Sylvia Cantu said...

My daughter is graduating in August to become an RN. This is a great idea!

June 3, 2012 02:50 PM
Megan's Cookin' said...

I made these cute little candy cup caps and put them on cupcakes. A big hit! Thank you :)

June 4, 2012 09:29 AM
Lori said...

I found this just surfing the internet. What a clever idea. My daughter graduated this year, and we are having her grad party and guess what? I am going to make them. hope they turn out. Great Idea! Lori

June 7, 2012 04:23 AM
Millie said...

I am going to attempt these this weekend! I am so excited! I hope they come out as nice as the ones pictured here!

June 12, 2012 06:51 PM
Erika Aguilar said...


June 16, 2012 03:20 PM
taylor breininger said...

this is a really good idea. I can’t wait for my kids to graduate

June 23, 2012 09:35 PM
Taylor said...

This is a really good idea. I can’t wait for my kids to graduate!

June 23, 2012 09:37 PM
shannon said...

made these for my brother’s HS grad party this weekend. they were a huge hit!

June 24, 2012 04:46 PM
Sylvie Légaré said...

Merveilleux! Belle idée! Ma fille make her graduation this year!

July 8, 2012 02:56 PM
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July 28, 2012 05:27 AM
Erin said...

these are adorable!!! thanks for the idea!!!! im so making them!!!

July 31, 2012 11:41 AM
Anonymous said...

Does anyone konw where i can order these from and have them delivered?

August 21, 2012 01:01 PM
Keisha said...

I LOVE IT ALL!!!!!! You’re the best bakerella:)

September 13, 2012 12:27 AM
Sarah Roylance said...

Hello! These are just adorable and i’d really love to make them for my husbands graduation! Can I make them a few days before and they will still last?

March 31, 2013 07:43 PM
Lisa said...

How do you transport them….about an hour…without them melting?

April 9, 2013 10:31 AM
ak said...

Any recommendations for something other than the Godiva chocolate? On a budget… Thanks

April 29, 2013 08:22 PM
sherry said...

I love the ideal ,im making 100 grat.caps 100.00 but worth it my daughter is grat. from lamar university ,

May 12, 2013 11:33 PM
heather said...

I am making these as we speak… cute but it’s 80 degrees in my house and my chocolate keeps melting! good thing I have a glass of wine!!

May 16, 2013 11:12 PM
Judy said...

I love these graduation favors. Could you tell me how far in advance I can make them.

June 25, 2013 04:36 PM
Anonymous said...


July 15, 2013 02:27 PM
Jessica said...

I made these the day of my graduation party.. Instead of godiva, I used hershey’s two bars next to each other. Instead of using melted chocolate to apply them together, I used a butane torch (you can also use a lighter). Then I got a Styrofoam ball, cut it in half spray painted it black and stuck the sticks into that to have an easy way to present them.

July 23, 2013 09:11 PM
Jana said...

I would love to hear about your fun ideas.

May 26, 2014 11:06 AM
Save On said...

Hi Angie,

These are so adorable! We absolutely loved how you used the Airhead Extremes as the tassel on the graduation caps! We loved this so much that we featured it on our blog:

We can’t wait to see what other brilliant ideas you cook up!!

June 17, 2014 10:09 AM
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November 14, 2014 09:31 AM
Lorisa said...

Hi! I am not knowledgeable on creating these kinds of things, but this looks amazing! How exactly does one “glue” it on? Is there a special candy glue?

April 20, 2015 03:23 PM
Julie O said...

If made the Reese’s cups version a day in advance, should they be refrigerated overnight? Or left out at room temp. I don’t want to weaken the chocolate “glue”

May 15, 2015 03:33 PM
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