Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday Sweets! Matthew's Graduation Cake

Hello and Happy Saturday!  Since it's still graduation season, I thought I'd show you a cake I made for my cousin for his high school graduation.
Graduation Cake Music Scroll Letter
When deciding on a design, I looked at a bunch of cakes online.  I knew I wanted to include a letter that looked stitched, like the ones on a letterman jacket. My cousin was going to major in music in college, so I added the music notes.  I also thought a scroll was a cute background for the writing.  
I used fondant with a little bit of gumpaste (gumpaste hardens as it dries) for the scroll.  I rolled the edges and inserted rolled papertowels. I left the papertowels in overnight and for the 2 hour drive.  As you can see, I took the photos before the papertowels were removed...oops!
Graduation Cake Music Scroll Letter
The letter was pretty easy to make.  I printed the "M" from his high school's website on a piece of paper.  I then rolled out the blacked fondant and cut along the edges of the "M" with an X-Acto knife.  I did the same thing with the orange, but cut about a half an inch inside the line.  I then used the point of the knife to create the stitched effect.
Graduation Cake Music Scroll Letter
Above is the cake before adding the rest of the decorations.  I thought it looked so neat and clean that I had a hard time adding the rest. I don't like clutter:)

This was two 3-inch layers of double chocolate fudge cake with one layer of chocolate ganache and one layer of caramel ganache inside each cake. Buttercream with fondant accents.  This was so heavy and ended up being about 8 inches thick!  I used a shelf from my kitchen cupboard to hold the cake and it worked very well.  The cake was a hit and my cousin was very happy with it - I was so happy for him:)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!  I appreciate each and every one of you.  Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Wow what an amazing cake!! You did awesome on it :) I want to take a bite of it now, haha.

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  2. Oh my freaking gosh, caramel ganache... This looks beautiful and I know it tasted divine. So what did your cousin end up doing? Does he play or conduct? Teach?

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    1. His plan was to be a teacher, but he has switched gears and is now studying Astrophysics :)

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  3. This is quite amazing - so well done :)

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  4. This is AWESOME, Essie! You did an amazing job! I love cake decorating, too, but I can't do anything like that! Wow!

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    1. Thank you so much. You should show me some of your cakes!

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  5. My goodness...this is beautiful and sounds positively delicious!!

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  6. What an amazing cake, Essie! I just love every part of it... you added so many wonderful details and I'm especially loving the scroll! :D

    ~ Yun

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  7. Yay, cakes again!!! I actually saw this post right away but waited to comment. I showed this to my hubby and read out the ingredients, and we both were salivating haha :))). It sounds so yummy!!!

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    1. LOL, thanks. I'm glad I could make you drool ;)

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