Pink and Zebra Grad Cap Cookie Cupcake Topper How To

This grad cap is one smart cookie

These animal-print grad cap treats are party perfect! Check out the details on making these mortarboard cookies with upside-down cupcakes underneath. They look amazing on trays lined with matching napkins – the grads won't be able to keep their paws off them! Throwing caps and jumping for joy works up an appetite, so have enough of these to go around. 

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Grad Cap Cookie Cupcake



  • Favorite cupcake recipe or mix
  • Favorite rollout cookie dough recipe or mix
  • Black Icing Color
  • Rose Icing Color
  • Violet Icing Color
  • White Decorator Icing (4.5 lb.)
  • Black Rolled Fondant (1/2 oz. needed for each cupcake)


  • Hot Pink Zebra Print Baking Cups
  • Standard Muffin Pan
  • Cookie pan
  • Cooling rack
  • Round and Star Decorating Tips (tip #3 used)
  • Rolling pin
  • Angled Spatula
  • Small icing decorating brush
  • Sharp knife

1) Make cookies and cupcakes

Prepare cookie dough and roll out following recipe directions. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares, each 3 3/4 in. x 3 3/4 in. Bake and cool completely. Prepare batter following recipe directions. Fill baking cups half-full. Bake and cool completely. Use knife to trim top of cupcake until level with top of baking cup if necessary.

2) Decorate cookies

Divide icing. Tint one portion pink and a smaller portion black. Combine rose and violet for pink color shown. Warm the pink icing to pouring consistency, then pour into a cut disposable decorating bag. Use this to cover the bottom and sides of cooled cookies with the pink icing. Use spatula to smooth and let set 1 hour. Repeat to coat tops of cookies. Let set 1 hour.

3) Make zebra stripes

Use tip 3 and black icing to fill in areas for stripes.

4) Assemble treats

Turn cupcakes upside down. Use tip 3 to pipe a large dot of icing on cupcake bottom and attach cookie.

5) Make tassels

Roll out fondant by hand to form thin strings. For each treat, use knife to cut one string, about 3 in. long. Use knife to cut six smaller strings, each 1 in. long. Use a small damp icing brush to attach five of the small pieces to the end of the 3 in. string. Wrap the last small piece around the top of the other small strings and use your damp brush to secure. Position tassel on top of cookie and secure the same way. Use tip 3 and black icing to pipe a dot button covering the end of your long string at center of cap. Serve and enjoy!

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