With graduations coming up, I thought these little Mini Cupcake Mortarboards would be a cute dessert for the lucky grads! It would be fun to use fruit roll ups in your school colors and they are super easy to put together. Just flip a homemade cupcake over (make sure it’s mini!) and the top with a square shortbread cookie, frosting, candy and fruit roll tassels!
Mini Cupcake Mortarboards
1 box cake mix (any flavor)
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 box chewy fruit snack rolls (any flavor) or shoestring licorice
1 container vanilla frosting
60 square shortbread cookies (from two 10-oz packages)
60 candy-coated chocolate or fruit-flavored candies
1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place miniature paper baking cups in 24 mini muffin cups, 1 3/4×1 inch. Make cake batter as directed on box. Fill cups 2/3 full of batter (about 1 rounded tablespoon each). Refrigerate remaining batter.
2. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool. Repeat with remaining batter. (Leave paper baking cups on cupcakes so mortarboards are quicker and easier to make and more portable to serve.)
3. To make tassels: Cut sixty 2 1/2-inch lengths from fruit snack rolls. Cut each into several strips up to 1/2 inch from 1 end. Roll uncut end between fingertips to make tassels. Or cut several pieces of shoestring licorice into 2 1/2-inch lengths.
4. Tint frosting with food color to match paper baking cups. Frost bottoms of cookies. Place 1 candy on center of each. For each mortarboard, place small dollop of frosting on bottom of cupcake; top with cookie. Press uncut end of fruit snack or 3 or 4 pieces of licorice into frosted cookie next to candy. Store loosely covered.