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Graduation Cakes - Hooray!

Updated on April 19, 2013

Graduation Cakes and Cupcakes

Lots of ideas for graduation cakes and graduation cupcakes. How to make your own graduate cap cake or decorate using graduation themed cake toppers. And we've found some gorgeous graduation cupcake wrappers.

Do you know someone who is graduating this year? Making a graduation cake is a great way to let them know you're proud of all the hard work.

Make sure you remember to get some photos of the graduate with their cake before it gets eaten!

Image: Wilton Graduation Cap Pan

How to Make a Graduation Cap Cake

A graduation cap cake is the most common kind of graduation cake. You've got three main options for a graduation cap cake:

You'll want to add a tassle whether you use a cake pan or make your own cake. This can be done with fondant and an extruder.

  1. You can chose a shaped graduation cake pan and then decorate with fondant.
  2. You can make the graduation cap from a deep round cake and a larger shallow square cake - each covered in black fondant or gum paste. Other colors can work too depending on the kind of degree being received, school colors or the favorite color of the graduate.
  3. Or, you can choose a graduation cap cake topper which you can place on top of a regular rectangular, round or square cake. This can be a homemade or shop bought cake. If you get a large cake then you can decorate it with the graduates name and the year.

Graduation Cap Cake Pans

A graduation cap cake pan is the safe route for a graduation cake - great if you're in a hurry or don't quite trust your cake design skills.

Wilton Graduation Cap Pan

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Wilton Smiley Grad/Graduate Cake Pan

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Graduation  Cap Cake
Graduation Cap Cake

Make Your Own Graduation Cake

Mortarboard or Graduation Cap Cake

Making your own graduation cake is fun and not too tricky. You'll need a round and a square cake pan and black fondant or gumpaste.

The image shows a three inch deep 9" diameter round cake with a 1 inch deep 10" square cake on top. You can obviously adjust the size depending on how big a cake you need.

You'll want the round cake to be quite flat on top. Spin the cake pan around before baking - this spreads the cake mixture towards the outsides so the middle doesn't rise too high (it works honest!) Or just slice of uneven parts to get a flat top - you'll be covering the cake in fondant anyway.

Make sure you pick a cake recipe that will be quite solid for the square cake to it doesn't droop.

Fat Daddio's Anodized Aluminum Round Cake Pan, 9 Inch x 3 Inch

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Fat Daddio's Anodized Aluminum Square Cake Pan, 10 Inch x 10 Inch x 2 Inch

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Cover the parts of the cakes that will be visible in fondant. You'll need to cover part of the underside of the square cake as well as the top and sides. Use food picks to support the four corners of the square mortarboard top if you're worried about them drooping.

Make sure you clean up really well after using black fondant before making the yellow tassles.

Wilton Ready-to-Use True Black Rolled Fondant, 24-Ounce

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Satin Ice Rolled Fondant - Yellow - Vanilla

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Use a Graduation Cake Topper

You can either use a large graduation cake topper that covers the whole cake, or you can use a small cake topper to add the finishing touch to a cake you decorate yourself, perhaps with a personal message.

Graduation Cap Cake Topper - Black

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Boy Graduation Cake Topper Figure - Black Robe

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Girl Graduate Black Gown

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Lucks Edible Image Congratulations Graduate (1 pc)

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Lucks Edible Image Cap and Scroll (1 pc)

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Graduation Edible Cake Border Decoration

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You can also finish off a decorated graduation cake with an edible border.

Wilton Aluminum Two Mix Book Pan

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A book shaped cake is another good option for a graduation cake.

Graduation Cupcake Wrappers

There are some really stylish graduation cupcake wrappers to choose from.

Graduation Cupcake Wraps and Pix Combo

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Paper Orchid Graduation Cupcake Wrapper Black, Set of 12

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2012 Graduation Celebration Black & Gold Cupcake Wrappers -Set of 12- Graduate Stylish w/ Specialty Liners

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Black Graduation Caps w/ Hat Tassles Cupcake Wrappers - Set of 12 - Cheap Decorations for Graduations

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Dress My Cupcake Graduation Classic Cupcake Wrappers, Set of 12 - Graduation Cupcake Decorating Ideas

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Graduation Cupcake Kits

You can also get graduation cupcake kits that come with matching cake cases and toppers.

Meri Meri Graduation Hip Hip Hooray Cupcake Kit

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Graduation Baking Cups with Picks (200 pcs)

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Graduation Cupcake Toppers

Or you could pop these graduation cupcake toppers on top of cupcakes.

Black Graduation Hat w/ Gold Tassel Cupcake Toppers - 24 rings - Eligible for Amazon Prime!

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Graduation Plaque Scroll & Hat Cupcake Toppers - 24 picks - Eligible for Amazon Prime!

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How to Make Graduation Cap Cake Pops

And these graduation cap cake pops look brilliant!

Graduation Cookie Cutters

You might also like these graduation cookie cutters. You can use them to make cookies, of course, but they're also fun for making sandwiches and other food fit with a graduation party theme.

Wilton Graduation Cookie Cutter Set - Coloured

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Graduation 2012 6 PC Set

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