This graduation cake idea with fondant cap is easy to customize for your school’s colors! If you’re looking for an easy graduation cake idea, this is the perfect one for you!
I’ve lost count of how many graduation cakes I’ve made over the years! In fact, I’ve made so many that I stopped taking pictures of them and now I’m just left with pictures of some of my very first ones. I promise, my technique has improved over the years.
But the basic concept of how to make the graduation cap still remains the same.
The base of the cap starts with a cupcake. I use a serrated knife to cut off the dome portion and use that as the bottom of the cap. Cover with a small amount of buttercream to give the fondant something to adhere to.
Roll out your black fondant to about 1/4″ thick and then cut a strip to wrap around your cupcake. You don’t need to worry about covering the bottom or top of the cupcake with fondant.
Then roll your fondant out to about 1/2″ thick for the top of the cap. Cut a perfect square and let it harden for a day or so. You don’t want the corners to start sagging.
The next day, spread a small amount of buttercream on the top of the cupcake and place the top of the cap on.
To make the tassels, roll out your fondant into long strips that are about 1/4″ thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut small slivers until you have as many as you need. I use a pizza cutter pretty constantly when I’m working with fondant. I find it gives you the smoothest cut without pulling or tearing at the fondant.
Carefully pull all your tassels together into a bundle and gently fold in half making a small loop at the end. Attach to the middle of the cap using the tiniest bit of water. Then take a small piece of black fondant, roll it into a ball, smoosh it slightly and adhere it to the middle of the tassel loop with a tiny bit of water!
That’s it! You can decorate the rest of the cake in whatever pattern you choose! I made it easy with some border strips and circles. This set of circle cookie cutters are my favorite because you can various sizes so you can also use them to cut out the center of the larger ones.