Grad Party Cupcakes

It is officially graduation season! I love this time of year because everyone is so nervous & excited about the future. But the best part of it all (along with getting a degree!) is the parties. My brother graduates this month so I’ve been busy planning a party for family & friends.

My signature party dish is cupcakes, so of course I had to go with a graduation theme. These are super easy to make & look almost too good to eat!

To make this adorable yet edible dessert, start with your favorite cake mix & make cupcakes. Choose either vanilla or chocolate frosting & then you can add sprinkles that represent school colors. To make the graduation caps, I followed a stencil outline & then cut them out & colored them in. It is time consuming, but they turned out great! Once the caps are cut & colored, use Scotch tape to adhere a toothpick to the back of the hat. Stick it in the decorated cupcake & you’re set!

If you don’t have a grad hat stencil, you can make a different version here.

Balsamic Strawberries & Cream Croissantwiches

This sweet recipe is perfect for brunch or an after dinner treat. I found this recipe while scrolling through Pinterest & decided to give it a try. It was super easy to make & turned out just like the picture I pinned, so that’s a good sign.

Ingredients: 6 croissants

1 cup sliced strawberries

1/2 cup cream cheese

1 tbsp sugar (or more if you like really sweet stuff)

1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

chocolate syrup or hot fudge

1 tsp butter

Prep time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

Start by toasting your croissants. While they’re toasting, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the strawberries, vinegar, & sugar & stir for approximately 5 minutes or until the strawberries look dark red. Remove the strawberry mixture from the heat & let cool. Spread cream cheese on one side of the toasted croissant & then add the cooled strawberries & sauce. Add the other side of the croissant on top & drizzle your choice of chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to eat or chow down immediately!

P.S. I didn’t have balsamic vinegar so I used a substitute of 1/2 tsp of honey & 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar & it was fine. Also, if you want to serve a larger crowd, slice the croissant in half & serve 10-12.