I made this graduation cake for my son’s graduation from kindergarten. I got the idea from the Mars candy “bright ideas” site.

I used one 9×13 pan for the bottom layer, an 8×8 pan with an inch trimmed off one side for the second layer, and a medium glass oven-safe dish for the bottom of the cap. The mortarboard part of the cap was a large cookie made from refrigerated dough.

I just iced each layer then stacked them, turning the “book” layers. I added the school’s name, both teachers’ names, and the year (2008). I used m&m’s to trim the edge of the “books”, and dipped a fork in cocoa and pressed it into the exposed “page” edges. He insisted the tassel match, so I had to “stripe” a decorator bag.(I matched the cap color to the actual cap my son wore.)

He loved it, especially the cake itself, chocolate cake with cut up Milkyway bars in the batter.