Graduation season is here again and that means it’s time to celebrate! I’ve partnered up with Cakes.com to bring you inspiration for a cap-tossing graduation party plus a graduation cake tutorial. After years of homework, studying and tests, our graduates have earned a diploma and an incredible party!
It all starts with a modern black and white color scheme, bold stripes, rainbow sprinkles and some cheers for the graduate. YAY! Hip Hip Hooray! Today is your day! That’s what this party is all about. Literally!
This cake says it all! I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found it challenging to write on a cake. No matter how much time I spend trying to make it perfect, it never looks quite right. For this dessert table, I used Custom PhotoCake® Edible Cake Images to create a message with ease. In no time at all, I had perfect lettering in a trendy font – and it’s completely edible!
PhotoCake® Edible Cake Images are the same exact products used in professional bakeries. You’ve probably seen these printable icing sheets in action as a photo, logo or licensed character on a cake. They are easy-to-use, high quality products trusted by the pros — and they’re now available to everyone online. Choose from an assortment of graduation products or simply upload your own photo on Cakes.com. The printed product is shipped directly to you. It arrives at your door in a sealed package, ready for you to place on a cake, cupcake or even a cookie.
I wanted to use these edible icing sheets in a new way for this project — personalized with custom graphics that I created. While you can use any JPG, GIF or PNG file of your own, I’m also hooking you up with my files as a free download. These work interchangeably for the 7.5″ cake images and the 2″ cupcake images as well. Find the “Today is your Day” file HERE. The “YAY” file is HERE. And the “Hip Hip Hooray” file is HERE. Just save them to your computer and upload at Cakes.com when you order!
What I love about this cake is that it falls into the “beginner” category for skill level, yet it looks professional and polished. That is what I call a win for everyone! If you’re the proud mother of a graduate, you can totally pull off this cake at home. If you’re a bakery gearing up for graduation season, this is a great ready-to-go case cake that still feels custom made. And these cupcakes are super quick as well! Just swirl on your icing as usual, top with one of the PhotoCake® Edible Cake Images, sized for cupcakes, and then add sprinkles all around! YAY for quick and easy decorating!
While the PhotoCake® Edible Cake Images are stiff when you pull them off the packing sheet, they soften and meld to your cake after application. When it came time to cut the cake, my knife sliced right through the edible image and the icing. Giving me a clean cut, just as usual.
If you’ve never visited Cakes.com before, definitely check it out! You’ll find cake decorating tools and supplies just like the pros use, from brands like DecoPac, Kee-Seal, Ateco and more. Plus graduation ideas and step-by-step projects for every occasion. You know how we love a good tutorial! Speaking of tutorials, let’s get started with this cake project!
TODAY IS YOUR DAY CAKE
a DIY by Carrie Sellman
PREP WORK : Download the free template and order your Custom PhotoCake® Edible Cake Image at least one week in advance for standard shipping.
Stack and fill a cake of your choosing. Coat exterior with a thin layer of frosting to lock in the crumbs. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until firm.
Add 1/2 cup of assorted jimmies to a batch of Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting. Fold jimmies into frosting until completely combined.
Frost the cake and smooth icing to your liking. The top does not have to be perfect, but try to make it flat.
Remove PhotoCake® Edible Cake Image from the backing and apply to the top of the cake. If icing has begun to dry, mist with a little water before adding the image.
Sprinkle additional jimmies around outside edge of frosting.
Stand back in amazement of how easy that was — your cake is complete! Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Slice, serve and give our best to the graduate!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Cakes.com. The opinions expressed are 100% mine. Tutorial, styling and photography by Carrie Sellman for TheCakeBlog.com.