Posts Tagged ‘graduation cake’


My First Drip Cake

June 6, 2017


Last week I had the pleasure of making a cake for a great girl and her friend on their graduation. Drip cakes are so popular right now, so when coming up with ideas for the cake we decided to incorporate the drip technique with graduation decor.  The school colors I need to use were light blue, white and black. The cake had a lot of blue on it so I decided to throw in a little color with the pink flowers, meringue cookie drops and little yellow tennis balls. The graduates play tennis so I wanted to put something to do with the sport somewhere in the cake decor. I formed yellow fondant balls and used a bone tool to make the seam pattern on the ball. It’s pretty subtle but cute.


For this cake I had to gather all my sprinkles, colored sugars and chocolate. I made white chocolate bark with a marbled technique and also added candy balls and sprinkles to the bark. It was my first time making bark and also my first time making meringue cookies. I looked at so many meringue recipes and they’re all different. I picked a recipe and my first batch turned out ok but my second batch was disaster. At lease I had a couple of cookies to chose from.


I also used the buttercream watercolor technique for the base color of each cake. I iced the cakes in white buttercream and then put them into the fridge to chill. Fifteen minutes later, I put dabs of blue buttercream on the cake and used my scraper to spread the blue throughout the cakes. Here’s a link to the tutorial I followed:



Graduation Cake With Purdue Theme

June 26, 2016


It’s a little past graduation time but this week I made a cake for someone who graduated high school and is attending Purdue in the fall.  The colors of the high school and Purdue are both black, gold and white. This made it easy for the cake color palette and design.


Early in the week I cutout the Purdue logo to dry and painted it gold a few days later. I also made the diploma and grad cap at the beginning of the week. I had two fondant graduation cap squares cut out and drying when I remembered the last time I made a grad cap, the square top sagged. I even dried the square for a whole week but it just wasn’t stable. This time, I got rid of the fondant squares and cut out a cardboard square and covered it in fondant. The base of the cap was made of Rice Krispies Treats sculpted into a half ball and covered in black fondant.


The stripes, logo and tassel were hand painted with gold luster dust and vodka. Painting fondant with gold or silver luster dust is harder than it looks. Each time I paint fondant with these dusts, it’s streaky and patchy in places. I really need to figure out how to make this part of cake decorating easier and better quality.

I hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for checking out my blog!


Desert Graduation Cake

May 25, 2014


This weekend I made a graduation cake that had a desert theme and lots of desert items. Our friends were hosting a party for their son that graduated from high school and is headed to the University of Arizona in the fall.  When I sketched out the cake my friend just wanted a couple of things that their son enjoys…desert tortoise, snake, desert stuff, an orange grad cap and a U of Arizona sign somewhere on the cake.


The cake was a 9 inch vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fondant decor. I actually made red, white and blue filling for the inside of the cake ( U of A colors).  All of the decor was made of fondant and the grad cap was rice krispies treats covered in fondant.


The decor that I made ahead of time were the cacti (saguaro cactus and paddle cactus and round cactus), rocks, animals and the graduation stuff…oh, and the road sign. I also used brown sugar for the desert sand and piped royal icing for the clouds.


My friend had said that she was really going to miss her son because they do so much together so I made a road sign that told her how far he was going. U of A is only 112 miles from Phoenix….THAT’S NOTHIN! Hopefully that made her feel better because that’s a hop, skip and a jump to see her son.

IMG_5213I hope you enjoyed my desert grad cake and I hope this post helps anyone reading it. Have a great week!

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Just though I’d share this cake with you too. I made this cake for the graduate 5 years ago on his 13th birthday….wow, time flies! He’s such a great kid and I wish him luck at U of Arizona, he’s gonna have a blast.


Graduation Brain Cake

October 9, 2012

My husband graduated from Argosy University with his masters degree this weekend and I thought I would make him a really weird sculpted cake…and it was! I sculpted a giant human brain and put a graduation cap on top. The initial reaction to the cake was “Oh, so cool” but later when you really looked at it, it was kind of creepy and sort of gross. My husband loved it and thought is was so funny.

The cake was a 10-inch chocolate with Swiss buttercream icing. I stacked the layers and then proceeded to sculpt the brain with a really sharp serrated knife. I kept the scraps to make cake pops in the near future.  I colored the buttercream with flesh tone and pink food dye and iced the cake to look “fleshy.” I also colored white fondant with the same flesh tone and pink food dye for the squiggly brain element. I rolled this fondant into long ropes or cords and placed it on the cake in random patterns. I used a lot of fondant for this part of the cake. If you want to recreate this cake in buttercream you would use a large round tip with a bag of buttercream and pipe on the squiggly lines.

The base of the graduation cap is made of rice krispies treats covered in black fondant. The top of the cap is a square piece of cardboard covered in fondant. I used cardboard because I wanted it to be very smooth and stable and dry quickly.

Here’s my graduate! I hope you all enjoyed this cake and the helpful hints on how to make it. Have a great day and thanks for checking out my website!