Coolest Graduation Cake Ideas, Photos and How-To Tips
Perfectly Piped Buttercream EMT Graduation Cake
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. Then, 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!
Wilton Pattern Graduation Cap
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.
Reese Peanut Butter Cup Cupcake
I had been searching for a graduation cake/cupcake idea for over a month. So, it was getting down to crunch time 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. Finally, I piped a tassel in her school colors.
Wilton Star Cupcake Pan
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). Usually, I make one layer a yellow/butter cake and the other milk or dark chocolate layer. Also, my secret is to 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!
Then, I 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. Then, 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.
The Photo Finish
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. Then, 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.
In conclusion, 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!
Graduation Cake With Marzipan Blocks
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. Then 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.
Wilton Graduation Cake Pan
This graduation cake was made for an elementary graduation party. In addition, 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. In order to decorate it, I piped the frosting according to instructions provided with the pan.