I don’t know if any of you look at my Twitter comments on the sidebar there, but if you happened to check out Friday’s link you may have guessed that this is what I would be making: Graduation Caps!
I’m really happy with the way these turned out. Check out Bakerella’s tutorial for the professional how-to, but I wanted to post my pictures, so you’ll get the amateur version here, as well.
First things first, I just plain didn’t have the budget to use Ghiradelli chocolate squares for the top of each cap. I went to my local Cake Decorator Shoppe (actual name of store- it doesn’t have a website so I can’t give Nancy the link she deserves), but they didn’t have any square candy molds, so I had to improvise.
I melted some chocolate and poured it onto a jelly roll pan lined with waxed paper and set it in the freezer.
2 minutes was too long for that and I had to put the sheet in the oven to re-melt it.
Next try: the fridge. 2 minutes was perfect.
I used my small square cookie cutter to mark all the lines I needed, then I used a knife to cut them apart and smooth the edges.
This gave me a nice little pile of cap tops.
I suppose I should have mentioned that before I did all this I froze my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and then unwrapped them and let them sit on the table so they would be room temperature at this point.
Freezing them before unwrapping helped the chocolate to stay where it belonged and not stick to the wrapper.
Using leftover (re-melted) chocolate, I applied some to the bottom of each “cup” and used it like glue to apply the tops to the caps.
Then I piled them into a tower because it looked cool.
I then used a brush to apply more chocolate to the top of the cap and applied a piece of sour candy for the tassel and a round candy sprinkle on top of that to finish them off. I think Bakerella put the sticks in her caps earlier than this, but I wanted to be able to apply a little more pressure to adhere the pieces together and didn’t want to push them off the stick.
I used a toothpick to prick a hole in the bottom center of the caps…
Then I dipped the stick into some melted chocolate and then pushed it into the hole I had made in my caps.
I wanted a pretty display to put these on for Liz’ graduation party, so I wrapped a piece of Styrofoam with some orange tissue paper.
I placed the sticks in the Styrofoam as decoratively as I could and, voila!
It was simply marvelous!
Now, the steps in this process were all fairly easy, and I enjoyed it- but it took a lot longer than I expected, so don’t expect to whip these out in an hour or two- they take a little while to make.
Thanks for giving me an excuse to throw a party Liz!
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