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GRADUATION CAKES BELOW
*Items for making these cakes available on this page or conveniently highlighted to go to various other pages for them.
IDEA:  Use wafer paper, sold below to make a diploma - (from the book: "Quick to decorate cakes" $15.00) brown edges either with paste color or airbrush spray. Next, hold carefully over steam and melt edges into a curl. Write on with Cake Decorating Pens, click on  AIRBRUSH above. Lay on cake.
IDEA:  School logo on wafer paper; enlarge logo at copy store. Lay wafer paper over image and trace lines with Cake Decorating Pens. Finish coloring in with the pens or if you have an air brush... after tracing picture then spray water on your dry icing and lay traced logo in place. Spray in with air brush colors.
IDEA:  need gold or silver for a school logo? Use Highlighter Dust, mix with a drop of vegetable oil and paint on with a fine brush. click on GUM PASTE above
IDEA:  Don't forget that the plastic Graduation Hats are a 2 piece Novelty item - Surprise the lucky grad with a gift inside!
IDEA:  Roll up a pumpkin roll and ice as a diploma.
IDEA: Tiny candies to complete your party!
IDEA:  Try a Color Flow picture. Use the High School invitation, enlarge at a copy store if necessary. Lay wax paper over picture and color flow in. Dry for 24 hours then carefully remove wax paper from color flow piece. Add to cake.
IDEA:  need a picture of a decorated graduation cake? Send a SASE with a note and I'll send you a few copies of ideas.
IDEA:  Use Ready Rolled Fondant to make a diploma, etc.
IDEA:  Use a candy mold or a pantastic pan to add decorative graduation items, numbers to your cakes with chocolate, fondant, gum paste, sugar, mint dough, etc.  Make now and kept in a cool place.
IDEA:  Use the graduate cake pan to make a cheese ball, gelatin, etc. dessert. Line pan with plastic wrap, press cheese ball recipe into pan, cover and chill. When ready to serve, unmold onto serving plate and remove plastic wrap. Press nuts into sides for cheese ball.
IDEA: See 'Honor Roll cake directions at end of this page
IDEA:  Why not try a Gum Paste Graduate?! from CAKE PHOTOS
CAKES - PLENTY OF CAKE IDEAS HERE!

No directions were provided, this cake features
a 'drawn' on diploma, graduate statue, owl picks 
and #1 sign. Some plastics are no longer available.
Statues

No directions were provided, this cake features:
Paper diploma (left), Grad Cap, Graduate Statue.
Statues

No directions were provided, this cake features:
Grad Cap, Graduate Statue and paper diploma,
icing pillars on sides are probably done with tip 99.
Gardenias are gumpaste They are sold on this page

Strawberry Jell-O cake: Make Jell-O in the grad pan and just outline it in icing and you're finished!

Make this design using wafer paper or frosting sheet. Airbrush a plaid design over the top. Add the pattern.
Pipe borders and add grad hat picks around edge.

*Order a frosting picture from me HERE... add grad cap & diploma, overpiped borders and ivy.
Honor Roll Cake created by Wilton® Rolled Fondant icing and wafer paper scroll: I don't have any idea where I got this cake. Airbrush wafer paper first. To make the wafer paper wind around the dowel rod, I held mine over steam and twisted gently until it curled around just right.  APPLE 

Use one petite doll pan cake

Diagram : (For: Apple, Teacup, Pot ‘O Gold, etc.)
Cut a small amount of cake off the dome end so cake will sit level. Place cake dome-side-down. 

Use one cake dome-side-down. Ice Super Red and cover with clear piping gel for shine. 

Add a thick pretzel stub or tip 8 brown for stem. Pipe a tip 8 green worm (or thicken some green buttercream icing and form a worm) and add tip 352 green leaf.

CAKE TIP: Put on a book (or 'pile' of books) cake and write “ An apple a day keeps the teacher away.” 
 



   Pick of the bunch

another idea by Wilton®
Supplies Needed:
   Tips 1, 4, 8
   Super Red, Super Black, White icing colors
   Graduation Candy Mold
   Graduation caps
   Merckens coating chocolate white (1 Pk. needed)
   Meringue Powder
   4 Pc. Candy Color Set
   Royal Icing mix
   Apples
Congratulations!

Another idea from Bakery Craft
Supplies Needed: Change the colors for your school
Tips
#3 writing
#1D Blue lines on top
#48 Royal blue lines on sides
#18 borders & white icing frame
#104 royal blue roses
#352 kelly green icing leaves
OTHER:
#G-30-RB Graduate figure
#G-14 Diploma
Mold candy diplomas using "painting" method. Position apple on graduation cap base. With icing, pipe-in tip 8 whites of eyes and tip 4 pupils (smooth both with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe-in tip 4 ball nose, cheeks and bead mouth. Add tip 1 pull-out eyelashes and string lips. Position cap and candy. Serves 1.

Banana Split Cake an idea from Wilton®

Supplies Needed:
   12 x 18 Sheet Cake Pan
   Glad Graduate Cake Topper
   Graduation Cap Icing Decorations
   Graduation Candles
   3 packages marble cake mix
   1 package (3 oz.) strawberry flavored gelatin
   3/4 cup boiling water
   1/2 cup cold water 1 package (4 serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie mix
   1 (9 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
   1 1/2 cups cold milk
   4 bananas, sliced

Preheat oven to 325° F. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water; set aside at room temperature. Grease and flour pan. Prepare and bake cake 45-50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake onto platter or foil covered cake board; cool an additional 10-15 minutes. Poke deep holes through top of cake with meat fork; space holes about 1 inch apart. With cup, slowly pour gelatin mixture over cooled cake. Set in refrigerator while preparing filling. For filling, mix instant pudding mix and cold milk in bowl; fold in whipped topping. Using large cake leveler, split cake into two horizontal layers. A cookie sheet makes a convenient large "spatula" for lifting and replacing the top layer. Spread filling on bottom layer, add banana slices and replace top layer. Ice cake with white buttercream icing. Add graduation pictures in four corners; make with wafer paper or frosting sheets. Mark scallop design using a toothpick, add tip 6 yellow icing. Add tip 8 bubble top & bottom border. Embellish bottom border with addition scallop shell border. Position Glad Grad Statue and icing caps around bottom border. Serves 45-50.

Something for the younger graduates too! from Bakery Craft

Supplies Needed:
Boy or girl figure #G-217 HERE no longer sold
#1502 ABC picks HERE
#1503 123 picks HERE
Ice cake white, then put on a thin coat of green icing.
Tips HERE
Pipe tip #3 red apples / letters / numbers
Pipe tip #12 smooth borders
 


You've come a long way! By Bakery Craft

Supplies Needed:
12 x 18 inch Pan for 2-layer cake
Graduation Cap
Graduate Figure
1 Bakery Craft stairway
1 eight inch BC separator plate
4 BC pillars

Graduation cake - As above with MY idea 
before someone else did it.
my daughter Sue's 
With gum paste dolls, gum paste flowers, etc.

Graduate Cake Idea
Supplies Needed:
   Graduate Cake Pan
   Tips 2, 3, 7, 16, 21, 48
  Colors: Lemon Yellow, Golden Yellow, Leaf Green, Copper (lt. skin tone), Black.
   Buttercream, Chocolate
   1999 Pattern Book (Chalkboard Pattern)
   Cake Board
   Fanci Foil Wrap
Tip: Combine small amount of golden yellow with lemon yellow to achieve color for tassel and chalkboard trim. Ice cake sides and background area smooth. Using toothpick, mark chalkboard pattern. Ice chalkboard area smooth. Pipe tip 48 band rim for chalkboard; overpipe bottom bottom to create a ledge effect. Outline face, hands, mouth and gown with tip 3. Pipe in mouth and open sleeve with tip 3. Pipe tip 3 dot eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Cover face, hands, cap and gown with tip 16 stars. Pipe tip 16 pull-out stripes for hair. Overpipe hands with another layer of tip 16 stars. Pip tip 7 ball for nose and button on cap. add tip 7 string chalk and eraser bottom. Pipe tip 3 string string eraser top. Pipe in shoes with tip 7. Pipe tip 2 string from cap to tassel; add 3 dot "knot" for tassel and tip 2 tassel strings. Pipe tip 2 message and drawing on chalkboard, Add tip 21 star bottom boarder. Serves 12
Full instructions can be found in Wilton's 1999 Yearbook. Place your order today!

Future Movers & Shakers
Cake Idea and supplies

Supplies Needed:
   Edible Frosting Graduate's photo
   Grad hat, 2 piece...hide money in this 'cup'!
...available in many color choices HERE
  Diploma, as-is or add your own message to this
  TIPS #104 for roses in grad's school colors
Place image on freshly iced cake - before icing
crusts. Tip 70 bottom (white) border, center tip 16 
small shells in grad's school colors. 
Tip 86 ruffle at base of cake picture. 
Tip 18 elongated shell top border 
Tip 104 roses with tip 352 forest green leaves. 
Position Cap and Diploma Novelties.

Petite Doll pan for the head
  Grad hat...available in many color choices HERE
  Large cookie...or circle of Merckens Coating chocolate
- in grad's school color!
Place the petite doll cake on the cookie using icing 
to 'glue' the cake on the cookie. Tip 16 hair, tip 4 
red mouth, tip 3 eyes, tip #103 white collar. 
TIP: Check out our book for "100 Uses for the 
petite doll pan!" You can use the Petite Doll pan
for almost any occasion. Makes this pan worth so 
much on your pan collection!

CUPCAKES:
Ice cupcake using tip #21. Quickly, before icing crusts, 
roll edges in candy sprinkles. Add cupcake pick.


GRAD CAKE WITH SUGAR HAT & DIPLOMA
The links take you to needed products. 
This book design works well for any graduate. Cut a quarter sheet cake in half (9x13") and stack it, so it looks like a closed book. 
   A half sheet cake also works if you need more servings. Ice one long side and the two short sides of the cake with white, icing
   Use an icing comb on these sides to make it look like the pages of a book. Airbrush the combed icing gold. Ice the remaining side and top of the cake in the requested color. I chose to use red.
Use tip No. 8 and red icing to pipe the edges of the top cover and bottom border of the cake. Use the same tip and red icing to pipe details on the book's cover. Place a sugar diploma and cap #14285  on the center of the cake. 
   Use a cut parchment paper tube to pipe an appropriate message and overpipe the details on the hook. 
   To add more servings to the cake or another flavor surround it with cupcakes decorated with the graduation year and plastic picks.
 Two cakes Created by Wilton®
Diploma Cake
Supplies Needed:
10 1/1 x 15 1/2 in. Jelly Roll Pan
Tip 3
Oil based Candy Colors
Super Black, Super Red Buttercream Icing
Glowing Grad Cake Decorations
Graduation Candy mold
Merckens white coating chocolate
Ready-To-Use rolled Fondant (1 pk. needed)
Flower Former Set
Fondant Smoothers
Jelly Roll Recipe
Fillings Whipping Cream or Pastry Filling
    Waxed Paper
   Make fondant "ribbon" at least one day in advance. 
   Roll 1/3 of fondant to about 1/8 in. thick. Cut 6 strips (make extras to allow for breakage.) 3/4 in. wide and 5 to 7 in. long. Reserve remaining fondant. Loop 4 strings in half, seal ends with gum glue and lay on side to dry. 
   For streamers, cut a "V" on one end of strip: drape over large flower formers to dry. Mold a variety of candies using "painting" method. Bake cake, following recipe directions, let cool. We use regular Duncan Hines cake mix. 
   Bake cake, while still very hot, turn out onto a kitchen towel and roll it up. Unroll, fill with favorite filling, re-roll. Lightly ice with buttercream. Roll out untinted fondant 1/8 in. thick and wrap around cake. 
   Place on cake board with seam on bottom. Use fondant smooother to smooth fondant onto cake. Ice ends of cake to resemble a scroll. 
   Roll out reserved fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a piece measuring 3/4 in. 8 in. Attach one end to bottom seam with gum glue, roll around center of cake and attach other end. 
   Attach loops and streamers to center strip with fondant.
   Cut a strip of fondant 3/4 in. Wide to position across ends of loops to form center knot. Piper tip 3 message and position Glowing Grad Statue and candies. Serves 12.

Proud Graduate Cake above
Supplies Needed:
Proud Graduate Pan
Tips 1B, 2, 3, 4, 16, 18, 21, 70, 103, 224
Paste Colors: Red-Red, Lemon Yellow, Rose, Kelly Green, Copper (skin tone), Brown, Black
98 Pattern Book (face and Cap pattern)
Cake Board covered w/Fancy-Foil Wrap
Meringue Powder
Buttercream and Royal Icings

Make eighty-four of tip 224 royal icing rose-colored drop flowers with tip 2 centers. Make 3 pink, 3 red, 4 yellow tip 1B drop flowers with  tip 3 centers. Make tip 103 bow and streamers. Ice sides of cake smooth. Mark pattern with toothpick. Outline face and gown with tip 3. Pipe in mouth and eyes with tip 3, nose with tip 4, tip 2 pull out eyelashes. Pipe tip 4 shoes, collar and inside sleeves (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Cover cap, face, gown, and hands with tip 16 stars. Pipe tip 18, pull-out hair. Add tip 4 tassel and flower stems. Position bow, streamers and large flowers; add tip 70 leaves. Pipe tip 21 shell bottom border. Attach small drop flowers over shells with dots of icing. Serves 12. 
 

 


1/2 Sheet - 2 Layers - Serves up to 48 
#5785 Graduation Cap - Black Gum Paste* color it black-
special order only
Rectangular Foil Cake Drum - Silver - 1/2 Sheet 
White Fondant - 3 pounds. 
  .
*Gum paste and sugar products are food safe and intended as non-edible decorations only. 
Due to the nature of this product, some breakage will occur and has been priced accordingly. 
**Photo  Order yours here

 


Brainy Bear Graduate Cake
Instructions



Instructions-all edible!
Graduation scroll cake - jelly roll cake. 

Do it 'their way' or simply use a box of cake mix. 
But for testing for doneness, press your finger lightly in the center. 
If the cake barely springs back up, it is done. 
Remove immediately. Follow directions below for the rest.
MATERIALS
• 2 eggs plus 1 egg white
 • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
 • 1 cup sugar
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1/4 tsp. salt
• Jelly
• 4 oz. cream cheese,  softened 
• 3 tbsp. butter,softened 
• 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
• Decorator's gel
• Fruit leather

Step 1: 
 Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 15- x 10-inch 
jelly roll pan with waxed paper and grease the paper well.

Step 2:
In a bowl, beat the eggs and egg white with an 
electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes. 
Add 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, then 
gradually beat in the sugar at
low speed. Stir in the dry ingredients until well mixed. 

Step 3: 
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 12 minutes, 
or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Step 4: 
Invert the hot cake onto a clean towel sprinkled with 
confectioners' sugar; remove the waxed paper. 
Trim the cake edges with a sharp knife (adults only) 
and roll up the hot cake and towel from a narrow end. 
Let it cool on a wire rack.

Step 5: 
Unroll the cooled cake, remove the towel, and spread 
on jelly, leaving a 2-inch strip at one end plain.
Reroll the jelly-covered portion of the cake.

Step 6: 
In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter, 
confectioners' sugar, and the last 1/2 teaspoon of 
vanilla extract and use to frost the cake.

Step 7:
Use decorator's gel to pipe "roll lines" on the cake ends 
and the class year or your child's name onto the unrolled 
portion. Finally, add a fruit leather bow.


Tomorrow's Stars

Instructions
2 - 1/4 sheets and 1 - 6” round
Serves up to 40 
Everything are cakes. I have no instructions.
Rectangular Foil Cake Drum - Silver - 1/4 Sheet - 3/Box
Stellar Student Cake Design Instructions:
Step 1: Base ice bottom book White and comb 
sides of cake with aluminum comb. Using cake icer tip, 
pipe ¼ sheet Burgundy Wine as shown and smooth. 
Using tip #8, pipe Burgundy Wine outline of book and binding as shown.
Step 2: Base ice 1/8 sheet cake White on a 
separate board. Comb sides of cake with aluminum comb.
Using cake icer tip, pipe 1/8 sheet Golden Yellow as shown and smooth.
Step 3: Remove %s sheet cake from board and place
on ¼ sheet cake as shown. Using tip #8, pipe 
Golden Yellow outline of book and binding. 
Step 4: Cut top of 6" cake at an angle 
and ice Black. Place on
top of books. 
Step 5: Spread a thin layer of Black icing on 6" 
cake board as shown. Place on top of angled 6" cake: 
Using tip #6, pipe Black border on hat and around 
base of 6" cake. 
Step 6: Using tip #4, pipe Golden Yellow tassel on hat. 
Then, using tip #5, pipe book names and year.
Place picture frame on cake.


10” x 8” x 6” - Serves up to 78 
Photos are printed on frosting sheets.
#8967 STAR SUGAR - Asst. 1” Sm., 2” Med., 3” Lg.
#5785 Graduation Cap - Black Gum Paste*
Round Foil Cake Drum - Gold - 12” 
 Round Foil Cake Drum - Gold - 10” 
Round Foil Cake Drum - Gold - 8” 
#303-8 ”Hidden“ Pillars - White 6” 
*White gum paste stars can be customized
to any color using an airbrush
*Gum paste and sugar products are food safe and 
intended as non-edible decorations only. 
STARS: Due to the nature of this product, some
breakage will occur and has been priced accordingly. 
TIP: To support gumpaste stars on a cake, cut a piece 
of dowel to 2". Insert the dowel into cake and then 
insert a bundle of stars into center of dowel.
**Photo  Order yours here

Cake Square Boards - White - 10” Unwaxed
Round Foil Cake Drum - Gold - 12” 
Foil Paper Rose Leaves - Gold - 1 3/4” 
Curling Ribbon - Red 
White Fondant - 3 pounds
8” Round - 4 Single Layers, Serves up to 15 
Graduation Figurine

Silver Cake Drum #FT-20510
Silver Diamond Rhinestone Crystal Wrap Mess #DMC8108 
Graduate Gumpaste White Hat #5786/DC-5786 email for availability
Diploma, Paper #G-14
Papyrus Numbers Resin Urethane Mold #NMPYP (with additional handmade accents)


10” x 8” x 8”
Serves up to 63
Graduation Figurine
Round Foil Cake Drum - Gold - 12” 
Curling Ribbon - Green 3/16” 
Decorating Instructions:
Prior: Make cutout gumpaste stars using cookie 
1 1/2 and 2 1/2" cookie or gumpaste cutters. 
Insert on 6 inch #22 gauge #7-2216 cloth 
covered wire. Let dry overnight.
*STAR SUGAR SPRAYS: Product #8967,45/PKG
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1. Ice buttercream 10" double round layer and 
8" stage cake, 5 lb.
2. Use cake comb to smooth
3. Place the "Congrats" on cake immediately after combing. 
OR- make letters cut out of plastic cutters 
using fondant. Plastic cutters.
4. Airbrush cakes yellow
5. Airbrush star sprays black,, dark green and yellow.
6. Using tip 1D, pipe forest green curtains on stage cake.
7. Using tip 1D, pipe forest green and leaf green 
band around 10" layer as shown.
8. Using tip 199, pipe black shell borders.
9. Using tip 21, white shell border around base of stage.
10. Using tip 2, pipe black and lemon yellow detail on curtains.
11. Place remaining items on cakes as shown.
12. Pipe inscription as desired.

Use any sheet cake size that fits your needs. Change the wording and add an edible picture appropriate.

Tips | Bags | Icing| Grad Hat | Diploma
Use base iced cake or ice a cake. 
Using tip #22 pipe a yellow shell 
border around edges of cake. 
(Add a little orange coloring to yellow icing to get gold, 
or use neighborhood school colors.). 
Using tip #3 or #4 tip & black or neighborhood school color
icing pipe lines in corners of cake as in picture. 
Use #4 tip and gold or school color, pipe inscription and 
zigzag line under writing. 
Using #2 or #3 tip and black or school color 
pipe over the inscription. 
Place cap and diploma on cake. (If you do not have any
diploma’s on hand use a small piece of paper, 
roll it up and tie it with curling ribbon.

Components used
G-5 - choose color
G-30 Graduate - choose color
SQ-5317 Squeeze Gels coloring

Graduation Fondant Cake
Supplies Needed:
Fondant Icing to cover cake
GP-STARS – Gum Paste Stars
English Style 1/2" Thick Cake Drum - 12" Round Silver

Icing Colors:
White – Writing

Tubes:
#3 – Writing

Airbrush Colors: Royal Blue, Blue, Super Black, Silver
Instructions:
1. Cover layers in fondant.
2. Airbrush layers individually.
3. Airbrush Gum Paste Stars.
4. Assemble cake.
5. Pipe writing on Stars.
6. Insert Stars


G-35 Graduate Hat Pick
G-86 Grad Tassel Glitter Topper
Edible Glitter - Gold
Squeeze Gel colors Super Black and Egg Yellow

Fondant Icing - about 3 pounds
Squeeze Gel colors Super Red and Super Black
G-34 Congrats Grad Pick
We've made these using regular cake in a jelly roll pan.
As soon as you remove from oven, roll up in a towel.
Let cool and open to spread icing on. Roll back up.
Add piping gel or otehr sticky substance so fondant will stick.
Roll up in fondant icing 
Make red fondant ribbon and apply to cake.
Add tip 4 end decoration.
Add G-34 pick

Class of ___ Cake (Change date to suit
These three graduates are thrilled to be at the head of the class!
Be sure to change the features on our Class of  ___ cake to resemble the guest of honor and his best buddies. 

Source: 2000 Yearbook
Pattern: Graduation Faces (2000 pattern book) The stand

Tools:
2000 Pan
Tips: 2A, 3, 12 
White or Black Graduation Caps
Ingredients:
Colorings: Copper Icing Color (light skin tone), Royal Blue, Golden Yellow, Brown, Black, Christmas Red, Ivory
Buttercream icing

Makes: Cake serves 12. 
instructions
Ice sides and background areas smooth.
Outline faces with tip 3. Pipe tip 3 facial features: outline mouths, eyebrows and eyelashes; dot eyes, pupils and noses. Cover faces with tip 16 stars. 
Pipe in tip 12 collars. Add pull-out hair: tip 14 brown, tip 3 black. Pipe tip 2A "2010, or whatever year".
Position caps and add tip 

 


The stand
Cupcake wraps
Plastic picks
Ready-made Buttercream Icng
Tip 22
Food Coloring
Decorating Bags

Ice cupcakes, tip 22 beginning outer edge to center.
Place in cupcake wrappers
Add pick choices
Place on cupcake stand to serve.
One cake mix makes 20-24 cupcakes


Instructions
Products for this cake. See above and here


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