Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour

  2. 2 cups sugar

  3. 3/4 cup baking cocoa

  4. 2 teaspoons baking soda

  5. 1 teaspoon salt

  6. 2 cups water

  7. 2/3 cup canola oil

  8. 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  11. 1/2 cup butter, softened

  12. 1/2 cup shortening

  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  14. 4 cups confectioners' sugar

  15. 3 tablespoons milk

  16. Food coloring

  17. 9 whole graham crackers, halved

  18. 18 milk chocolate M&M's

  19. Black shoestring licorice, cut into 36 pieces (3 inches each)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Mortarboard Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until combined.

  2. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks.

  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Add food coloring if desired.

  4. Level off the top of cupcakes; frost sides and bottom. Place upside down on a serving platter or covered board. Frost graham crackers; place one on each cupcake. Place an M&M's candy in the center of each cracker with two licorice pieces for a tassel. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.


Send feedback