How to Decorate a Girl Graduate

Cupcake with Swirl Cookie Cutter


Repeat after me, "I can create cookies with confidence!" You have what it takes, my fellow cookie fanatic. Just take a deep breath, follow the tutorial step-by-step and have a blast! Happy decorating!

- Anne Yorks, owner The Flour Box
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It's officially graduation season! So I'm bringing out my favorite cookie cutter - the cupcake with swirl - to create a Happy Graduate tutorial!

Cookie Yield

This is a medium cookie. For a single batch of dough, you can make about 18-20 of these cookies. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

Prepping the Royal Icing


For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing and split it in half (reserving half for another project).

This cookie has 6 icing colors. I used Bright White, Royal Blue, Buckeye Brown, Fleshtone, Diamond Black, and Golden Yellow.  l don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.


For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.



I find it quicker to decorate without a projector, so I use guide dots to help set off the design. Like this ... 

Adding guide dots in the beginning gives me confidence when I'm piping the outlines.

Does that cutter look familiar? It's the Cupcake with Swirl. 

Can you tell it is my favorite cutter!? Just look at all these designs created with the Cupcake with Swirl!

I now have 12 cookie videos that feature this cupcake cookie cutter! Check them out on the the Flour Box YouTube Channel

Recreate these!

I would be so flattered if you recreated these cookies! Be sure to tag @theflourboxshop or use hashtag #theflourbox so I can see what you create!

Happy Decorating!