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Coolest Graduation Cap Cake

My youngest sister was graduating High School this year and I really wanted to make her something special! I wanted to bring the whole family together with a fun party, and surprise my sister. My goal was to create a graduation cap cake that looked realistic, and still tasted delicious. I also wanted the cake to be as identical to her actual graduation cap.

I layered 2 9 inch round cakes for the base of the cake, placed 4 wooden dowels inside for support, and iced the whole thing. The top of the cap was the part that required the most thought! I was unsure how to make it look good, taste good and still be stable! I don’t like the idea of spending time and money on something to just be thrown out. I considered just shaping fondant and letting it harden, but felt that would be too heavy, and not pleasantly edible! I didn’t feel like cake would be sturdy enough as a top.

I really liked the idea of using rice crispy treats as the top, but was unsure of how to keep it from flopping over at the edges. I finally decided to cut a piece of cardboard to the proper size, place it underneath the rice crispy treats, cut them to match, and ice it all. I used an easy white marshmallow fondant to cover the base and the square top. The school’s colors are blue, white and yellow. I wanted a ‘bling’ tassel on the cap, like many students wear.

I made some blue and yellow fondant using coloring gel. I then used a garlic press to make the tassel strands. The ’12’ is made from white fondant and small gems from the craft store. I used some remaining blue and yellow colored fondant to write her name, finish the bottom edge detail and decorate the top.

I accomplished my goal! She was surprised! The cake looked just like her actual graduation cap, it tasted great, completely edible, and everyone loved it!

Homemade Graduation Cap Cake

Homemade Graduation Cap Cake


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