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Laura A.
Mechanicsville, MD

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My girlfriend had just gotten her EMT training done and I wanted to let her know how proud I was of her by baking this graduation cake for her birthday. I made a two layer round cake then using wax paper traced the outline of the star of life in the center with frosting. I used a medium star tip and filled the rest in blue and the outside in white. I made the staff and serpent middle and then wrote happy birthday on the center. She loved it!

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Jayne N.
Le Mars, IA

Graduation Cake Photo

This graduation cake is an 8'' round cake, three layers tall. It is covered with white marshmallow fondant with stripes in red and black marshmallow fondant. The cap on top is made from black gum paste made a few days before and left to dry. The pattern for the hat is in one of Wilton's yearbooks.

There is a small paper diploma on the front part of the top that is hard to see in the picture. The tassel on the hat is made using a clay extruder. The white dots are royal icing left to harden.

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Becky E.
Strawn, IL

Graduation Cake Photo

I had been searching for a graduation cake/cupcake idea for over a month. It was getting down to crunch rime and I was on the phone with my mom and the idea just came to me. I made regular cupcakes and tinted icing (school colors or close to it). I added black coloring (Wilton) to chocolate icing and micro waved the container so the icing was the consistency of whipped cream and could be poured ( just 5-10 seconds at a time).

Using my cooling racks with wax paper underneath I covered small square Lorna Doone cookies with the icing. Let them dry maybe a couple hours. I placed a mini Reese's peanut butter cup no outer wrapper still in the paper upside down on the iced cupcake. I put the iced cookie on top of the peanut butter cup to create the grad cap. You may want to put a dab of icing on the peanut butter cup to hold the cookie in place. Then I piped a tassel in her school colors.

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Marylee O.
Houston, TX

Graduation Cake Photo

I made this graduation cake for my son's college graduation party May 2007. I baked two layers of cake in my 16" Wilton round pan (that's two boxed mixes per layer, four boxed mixes). I usually make one layer a yellow/butter cake and the other milk or dark chocolate layer. I add two to three tablespoons of dry non-dairy hazelnut creamer to my chocolate cake mix and it is extra yummy! I spread one jar of raspberry jam (not preserves/no seeds etc.) between the layers instead of icing this time, it seemed a bit more masculine and was a fruity touch!

I then iced the two layer cake with homemade chocolate buttercream icing (two batches of the Wilton recipe). I baked eight cupcakes in a Wilton star cupcake pan I picked up on eBay. These were made from a rainbow chip cake mix (for the little kids at the party!). I iced those separately with Duncan Hines canned cream cheese icing and placed them around the top of the cake. I colored the same cream cheese icing with maroon (his school color) and used a star tip to decorate a shell border around the cake and around the stars. I printed out eight 1-1/2" square photos of my son, each three years of his life (he's 24 now) on one sheet of paper and had it laminated (cost $1). I cut them out and placed them on each star. I added eight star candles to light.

I picked up a male graduation cake topper on eBay and hot-glued it to a graduation cap I found at a party store. The cap opened up like a truffle holder; we folded up a $100 bill and our son got to open that as he blew out his candles in front of 50+ family and friends. I love to make my own cakes! They are never perfect but they are each spectacularly different! This particular cake was very heavy, it used five cake mixes!

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Julie B.
Sunderland, England

Graduation Cake Photo

This was my daughter's graduation cake she made herself. It was a first attempt as part of her primary teaching degree. She had to do design and technology and the theme was "celebration" (so she chose her own graduation). She made it as a fruit cake (a recipe from Marks and Spencer recipe book) and the writing she stenciled in edible pen. She made the blocks from marzipan, covered in icing and brushed the edges with edible gold dust.

I think she made quite a good job for her first one and enjoyed it so much she has done a few more since for friends

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Cake submitted by:

Debra H.
Far Rockaway, NY

Graduation Cake Photo

This graduation cake was made for an elementary graduation party. The colors are the colors of the party which was a barbeque. I used a Wilton's Cake Pan with a rainbow confetti cake mix. I piped in all decorations according to instructions provided with the pan.

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Cake submitted by:

Debra H.
Far Rockaway, NY

Graduation Cake Photo

This graduation cake was made for an elementary school graduation party. I used a Wilton Mold and one Lemon box mix. I piped entire cake according to directions provided with pan.

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Belinda M.
Bronx, NY

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MaryKay C.
Kiev, Ukraine

Graduation Cake Photo

I was asked to make two high school cakes this year, and was very disappointed with what I was able to find on line, so came up with this graduation cake. 

For the cake I wrote all the graduates names on a fondant scroll.  The gold "paint" was made from luster dust and a drop of vodka.  (All advice I've read about luster dust is that it's best to mix it with a clear spirit -- NOT water.  Clear vanilla would probably also work). 

Because ready-made Wilton fondant is not available in Kiev, I made my own for this graduation cake.  Melt contents of one bag of marshmallows - I a used microwave. 

Then stir and knead in one pound of powdered sugar.  This takes a LONG time to work it all in.  Let it sit in a sealed zip lock bag for a day or two (from what I read, this makes it easier to work with). The cake roses are made from butter cream icing using a rose tip and rose nail.

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Cake submitted by:

MaryKay C.
Kiev, Ukraine

Graduation Cake Photo

This was the second of two graduation cakes I made this year. 

For this cake, first bake and frost a cake (I used white butter cream icing and chocolate cake).  For the mortarboard, I found a picture in clip art and enlarged it on the photocopier. 

I placed a piece of wax paper over the graduation cake image and made the top of the mortarboard (the diamond shape) by piping the outline in melted chocolate candy melts, and then filling it in with chocolate - so that it formed an oblong diamond shape. 

While the chocolate was still "wet" I sprinkled it liberally with black sanding sugar and edible glitter, and let this harden overnight at room temperature.  The next day it peeled right off the wax paper. 

For the bottom of the bottom of the graduation cake mortarboard I traced the photocopy image onto wax paper using a sharpie pen.  Then outlined the backside in black piping gel and placed it on top of the frosted cake, after the frosting had set.  Then outlined it with black butter cream icing using a number 3 tip, and filled it in with black stars, over which I sprinkled a bit of black sanding sugar to that it would be similar to the chocolate top. 

After the bottom of the mortarboard was complete, I squeezed a glob of black icing just above it and then positioned the mortarboard - giving this cap some depth  (otherwise, if done in all black stars flat on the cake top, I think it could end up looking like a blob.) 

The graduation cake diploma is made from fondant with a strawberry fruit roll-up bow (a day or two in advance unroll your fruit roll-up and brush it with water using a pastry brush; then cover with red sprinkles and/or red edible glitter). The cake tassel is also made from fruit roll up (use scissors to cut).

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Graduation cake submitted by:

MaryKay C.
Kiev, Ukraine

Graduation Cake Photo

Each of the 18 graduates got their own smiley face graduation cupcake.  Graduation cupcake mortarboards were made from chocolate candy melts piped onto wax paper using decorating bag and then sprinkled with black sanding sugar. Graduation cake cupcake tassels are butter cream icing strings with fruit roll-up tassels.

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Graduation cake submitted by:

Diane L.
Hebron, KY

Graduation Cake Photo

This graduation cake was made for my daughter's kindergarten graduation. This is a large decorated chocolate chip cookie. To make the cookie - prepare chocolate-chip batter. Lightly grease and flour flat cookie sheet. Trace 9" circle in grease/flour. Spread dough in circle and bake.

After the cookie cooled, I decorated mostly using the star tip (except piped outlines and yellow dots). I used a star tip with white icing to do all trim, writing and shape of grad cap. I then piped the black outline of the cap, and used a star tip again to fill in the cap, rewrite and retrim. I piped tassel. Decorations stand out much better on cookie with white icing background, plus there's more icing!

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