I searched high and low for my grad cap for this video, and I have NO idea where it is. Hopefully, it’s packed away-far, far away-with the other mementos from 1990′s, never to be found again. It’s probably at my parents, and if its there, it’s safe- it will never see the light of day again. Too bad for you guys that you won’t get to see me in all my grad cap glory . . . mwahahahahaha. Really, I just wanted to chuck it in the air again.
I’m a bit mixed on my feelings of graduation. While I feel it can be a great accomplishment, whether it be from high school, university, college or a trade school, I also feel that it is a major money grab! Not only do you usually need to pay for all post secondary courses, there are cap and gown rentals, application for graduation fee (that one made me the most annoyed . . . what did they think I had been going there for 5 years for?), tickets for the ceremony, fees for diplomas . . . and, and, and . . . feel free to add more in the comments!
The positive side of graduation is that an achievement has been accomplished, and a new start begun! **I hate when old people start sentences with “I remember when . . .” and then continue on to tell a really long, boring story, but since I’m not old, I can do that.** I remember when I graduated high school and thought it was just the greatest thing. It was never in doubt that I was going to graduate, so I wasn’t one to run around yelling “I made it!!” because graduating high school was just something that was expected would happen. You worked hard, did your homework, and got your diploma. University on the other hand was quite different. There seemed to be way more . . . distractions . . . there. At that ceremony I may have spent some time yelling “I made it!“, but I can’t remember. I was distracted.
If you are graduating this year, congratulations and enjoy it. It goes by too quickly. Jeesh. ENOUGH with the old people sayings Jenn!
How to Make Graduation Cupcakes
- prepare cupcakes
- prepared buttercream (ivory, brown, black)
- small round tips, (Wilton #2, #3)
- mini red heart sprinkles
- melted chocolate
- fruit by the foot/fruit roll up
- mini M&M’s
- candy eyes
- On a piece of parchment paper, or a silicone tray liner, spread melted chocolate out in a thin layer. Allow to harden.
- Prepare cupcakes and buttercream. Place one cup of each of the three buttercream colours into 3 piping bags, each fitted with a small round tip. Place #2 tip on the black bag.
- Cover prepared cupcakes in ivory or brown buttercream, and ensure that surface is flat.
- Using black icing bag, pipe a mouth onto the cupcake and place the red heart sprinkle where the tongue would be.
- Switching to the ivory buttercream (or brown if brown is base colour), allow small round mounds to grow (squeezing piping bag) for cheeks and for a nose.
- Place candy eyes onto cupcake and using the small black piping bag, cover the pupils to make them look more realistic.
- Use the brown or black buttercream to make swirls for the hair.
- Once chocolate is hardened, cut into a 2″x 2″ square using a sharp knife and place square on top of the hair.
- Cut fruit roll up into thin strips and attach to the top of the hat using a small amount of buttercream or melted chocolate.
- Attach an M&M to the top of the fruit roll up strands.
- Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 days.