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I created this graduation cake for the daughter of our neighbor who graduated this spring.  Her colors were yellow and black and she didn’t really have a design in mind, so I got busy coming up with one. 

I was looking for something different than a traditional flower border for this cake.(Full disclosure here–I really hate doing buttercream flowers. I mean I HATE doing them because I CAN’T do them…not well, at least.  I also feel they are a bit outdated for graduation cakes for girls…just my humble opinion…in case you care :0).  

I was thinking, instead, of something somewhat whimsical that would cover a lot of space on this large cake.  I opted for swirls and dots in yellow and white buttercream and yellow and black fondant stars.  I finished the bottom with a traditional shell border, just to ground the whole thing and give it a finished look.yellow-black-graduation-cake-10


yellow-black-graduation-cake-2yellow-black-graduation-cake-1This half sheet cake is double-chocolate with latte mousse filling and vanilla-bean buttercream. The stars and lettering are homemade marshmallow fondant…


The graduation cap topper and plaque I ordered online here.    I needed something bigger than the usual toppers you see (which are typically 3-4″ square caps) for such big cake (this one measures about 6-7″ on a side).


The graduate told me she loved the look of the cake as well as it’s uniqueness (she’d never seen one like it).  That’s what you get when you order a custom cake…Never 2 the same!

It was an honor to make your cake, Markella!  I hope you enjoyed it and I was happy to be a part of your celebration!