I made this graduation cake for my sister's graduation from college, my daughter's graduation from high school, and my nephew's graduation from Jr. High.
For the hat part, I made round cakes and frosted them black. For the mortars, I melted chocolate candy melts and put them in a square pan, and let it harden in the refrigerator. When they were hard, I took them out and trimmed off the jagged edges.
I made the tassel by softening fondant with shortening, colored the fondant the colors of the schools. Then I put it through a garlic press. I used an unmelted candy melt to be the button on top of the cap. I took black food coloring and painted the chocolate mortar.
I took pictures to a local cake supply store and had them put on sugar paper. I cut those out and put them on the appropriate cake.
This graduation cake was for my husband's sister's 8th grade graduation party. For the cake I used two 13x9 cakes, one chocolate and one yellow and put them together. For the frosting I used my own (buttercream)recipe. For the colors on the cake I used the colors of the school that she went to, yellow and green.
When the frosting was still wet I sprinkled with yellow decorating crystals. Then with the scroll you can write any message, name or the graduating year. For all the decorations on the cake I used tip number 4. And the writing I used tip number 2.
I made this graduation cake for my boyfriend's graduation. It was two 11"x15" cakes (one white, one chocolate) placed side by side and glued together with a bit of icing. The top piece was cake baked in the top two pieces of a small tier set (5" and 7"?).
I decorated the top outside of the large cake first with a green stripe (smooth side of a basket weave tip) and then shells on top. The bottom of the large cake was shells with green dots at each tail. I did the tiered cake with drop strings.