I wanted to make my daughter a special cake for her graduation from university. This is the graduation cake I ended up with. I covered the cake board with white and brown marbelled icing to represent wood. I made a dome shaped Madeira cake and covered it in black icing. I then covered a square cake board in black icing and fixed it to the top of the cake.

Made a tassel to match the colors on my daughter’s sash and mortar board. I modeled the pencils from different colored fondant icing and added a white certificate tied with a red fondant icing ribbon. Everyone thought it was a really good cake. My friend thought it looked so realistic she asked me when we had to return the mortar board to the university.