Tutorial Tuesday: Graduation Hat Treats!

Tutorial Tuesday: Graduation Hat Treats!

This has been Talia's last year of Kindergarten!!!

My baby is graduating from Senior Kindergarten, and I can hardly believe it!

But it's going to happen whether I'm in denial or not, so I'm celebrating (even when I sometimes feel like crying)! I found this recipe from the Life Made Delicious website for mini cupcake mortarboards and decided to make them for Talia's class. I go in and volunteer every other Friday morning, so last Friday I brought them. They were so cute! :)

Here's what I used:

- cake mix (chocolate)
- ready-made frosting
(sort of- I only had vanilla, so I had to add cocoa!! ;)
- fruit leather
- Smarties
(if you're in the U.S., you could do M&Ms or something like that)
- Chirardelli chocolate squares with caramel inside
(you can use anything square, but I could NOT find square cookies!! I looked at 3 or 4 different stores with no luck! Finally I decided to just spend the money on a box of After Eights (even though the majority of the kids probably wouldn't like mint). I went to the drug store to get them & found that these Chirardelli squares were on sale for 97 cents because they were "best before June 30th" ... perfect!!! :)

So, I started by making the mini cupcakes.
Then I added cocoa to my vanilla icing...

...until it was chocolate enough :)

Next I cut up the fruit leather (I thought the pieces I cut & took a picture of below would be right, but I had to cut them in half, because they were too stiff, and stuck straight out the top of the hat).

I cut the muffin tops off so that they would sit flat, upside down.

Now, the assembly:
You only need a dot of frosting to stick the chocolate on
(I went overboard on the first one, shown in the picture below ;)

...and then a dot on top of the chocolate, to "glue" the fruit leather & Smartie onto:

(Notice I had to hold the fruit leather down? That's why I cut the fruit leather strip in half- lengthwise- after the first one. Then it was "droopy" enough)

I love making fun food! :)
And the kids in Talia's class loved them, too :)
What a fun way to celebrate this little graduation in her life.

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. WOW! That is ADORABLE! I'm bookmarking this one! Thanks so much for sharing!

    From a fellow #LMDConnector xo

  2. These are SO cute!!! I have seen with Reece's, but I like how you used a mini cupcake so much better!!

  3. Those look yummy! How fun that you got to share them with get class. Here they don't let anything in but store bought treats. Love your plates. We have the same ones. ;)

  4. That's so cute! My son also graduated SK it's been a hard thing to believe but very proud of him

  5. Thanks so much for sharing,this is just so cute.

  6. This is really creative with all the components you used! I think thin-rope licorice would work great for the tassle too. So many possibilities. I wish I had seen this last June when my girl graduated from grade 6!

  7. SO cute! I've done these a couple of times before and they are always so popular. :)


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~Heather Lynne

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