I made this Graduation Cake for my brother's girlfriend's high school graduation party. It's a 3/4 sheet cake. I covered the whole cake with homemade buttercream icing which I dyed the lift overs dark blue to match her school colors. Then I used tip 3 and the star tip to put writing on the top and side of the cake.
To make the Graduation cap I used a mini 3D ball pan, but only filled half of it after baking I put it on the cake. For the top of the cap I cut a piece of cardboard to fit. I covered the whole cap using a star tip. The tassel is made out of white buttercream using the star tip. For the diploma I used fondant and rolled it up to look like a diploma and finished it by writing diploma on it.
Then the last thing I did was put the white buttercream border on using the star tip again. *I always make sure I do the border last or I end up messing it up by putting my arm or hand in it.*
We wanted the Graduation Open House Cake for our oldest daughter's high school graduation to be different from all the others we had seen. So we decided to theme it toward where she would be attending college rather than where she went to high school.
The IU cake was a four-layer red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting between the layers. (Indiana University's school colors are Crimson and Cream). We dirty-iced the cake with butter cream then covered it with rolled fondant. My daughter cut the IU logo from red fondant and we also took a mini biscuit cutter and cut out circles that we used to dot the cake. We also cut the same circles in half to make the bottom border of the cake.
It was our first time making and using fondant for cake decorating. I loved it. It was very simple and did not look too over-the-top. Can't wait to do my younger daughter's birthday cake!
I made this 1st Graduation Gown Cake to celebrate my dad's obtention of a doctorate degree. It was the first of this kind I made and it took me some reflection. That also explains the imperfect finish. By the side of it were a pile of books and a certificate but these are not on the picture because they bore real names of certain individuals.
I stacked pieces of vanilla cake with french buttercream in between them. Next I shaped the cake to obtain the v-neck. The sleeves were made of homemade fondant paste; I then used the colors of the real graduation gown.
Everyone loved it though it was a first time experience. I hope it will inspire home bakers.
The bottom layer of the Graduation Cap Cake is an upside-down cake, and the top is a square cake. I put a thin piece of cardboard under the top layer to support it. The Tassel is a Twizzler that I cut into strands at the bottom to make it look more realistic! I used a blob of icing to put over the tip of the Twizzler, so it would look like a button.
The idea came to me from a friend wanting that design, and I just brainstormed how to make it look like one. I saw a similar design with cupcakes, and I figured if the cupcakes look like a cap, then so will a bundt cake!