Cake Decorating - Graduation Cake

If you've read the review/entered the giveaway for the set of Wilton UltraGold Bakeware, then you saw that I had to turn down my spot at the Wilton Retreat Event this week because of my brother's graduation. His graduation is today and as promised, this is the cake that I made him last night.

I always use cake from a box-it is yummy and there is no need to mess with a good thing. I wanted to color some of the cake green for his school colors. I used the butter cake because I hadn't made one in a while and they are so good.


I couldn't find a checkerboard cake pan, so I just did it this way. I have no clue how it will look until we cut it today. I'll update this post then. I just poured the cake batter into a measuring cup and divided it in half. I colored one half green and left the other half alone.


I then put the bake even strips on the sides of the pan. I bought these when I took my Wilton Course 1 Cake Decorating Class last year. You just submerge them in water and put them on the sides of the pans so that they don't rise so high in the middle.


I forgot to take a picture of both cakes. Here it is already put together and ready for icing. This is the top layer.


I use the recipe for buttercream icing that I learned when I took the Wilton Class at a local hobby store-except I double it. This is the flavoring and meringue powder that I use for the recipe. I had never seen/heard of meringue powder before my class so I thought I'd take a picture in case you haven't either.


Ingredients:

-1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening(Crisco)
-1tsp Wilton Flavor (I double the recipe so I use 1tsp of Butter flavor and 1tsp of clear vanilla)
-2 tablespoons milk or water(I use water unless I KNOW its going to be in the refrigerator)
-1 lb pure cane confectioner's sugar(approx 4 cups)
-1 tablespoon Wilton Meringue Powder
-A pinch of salt(this is optional but I use it because it doesn't make it quite as sweet)

Cream shortening, flavoring and water. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together.

Like I mentioned before, I actually double this recipe and it is just enough to ice (2) 8 inch or 9 inch pans. I then make another half batch for the decorating. I also add more water-almost a tablespoon(to the doubled recipe). Here is the icing in a 5qt mixer.


This is the cake with icing and ready to be decorated. I never worry too much about the edges because I put a border over it.


I made a half batch of the recipe that I posted above and used it for decorating. I just went ahead and colored it all green. I normally use gel food coloring for this, but I didn't have any in this color so I used regular food coloring.


I normally use these plastic disposable bags because it makes clean up so much easier. I slide a coupler(the white thing) down in the bag to measure where I need to cut.


I cut the tip off of the bag and slide the coupler back in.


The coupler makes it where I can easily change out tips without changing bags. I put a tip on and screwed the other side of the coupler on. I then filled the bag with icing. It is easier to control if you only fill it half full. I have a #3 tip on here.


I am not very good at piping, but I drew out a graduation cap in the center.


I filled in the cap with a tip #16 and made easy dots as the boarder because I was tired and ready to go to bed. I used the tip #3 for piping his name as well. I wanted to write CONGRATULATIONS, but that is a really long word and I need a larger cake for that! I want to take a fondant class so badly! I might have to do that over the next few months.


If you've never decorated a cake, it is pretty easy and I think anyone can do it. Just learn the basics and practice, practice, practice(which I need to take time for).

**I almost forgot to update with a picture from the inside of the cake. I took a quick shot when the first slice was cut and I didn't get a chance to get another picture because it was devoured fast.**


This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may very from others. I paid for all of the items that were used to make/decorate this cake except the gold pans that I was given for the Wilton UltraGold review/giveaway

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29 comments:

Jennifer Leigh said...

:( We miss having you here :(

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Your cake turned out really cute! I can't wait to see what it looks like when you cut into it:)

Mighty M said...

So fun to see a cake update and project from you - great job!!!!

Erin said...

that cake looks great! You did a great job

alissa4illustration said...

I LOVE making cakes. I just got done making a puppy cake for my son Isaak, and am going to make a robot cake for my other son in Aug.

MOMMY-MOMO said...

Wow that looks AWESOME! You got talent :)

sharonjo said...

Congratulations to your brother! Graduations are such bittersweet events, but your cake is sure to bring smiles. You did a beautiful job with it, and I'm sure it will mean a lot to him.

I have that set of Wilton checkerboard pans. I should get it out to make my mom's birthday cake next weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

S Club Mama said...

CUTE!

Barely Domestic Mama said...

That is a great looking cake! I want to try a cake decorating class one of these days.

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Uh hello? You are practically a professional, that looks fantastic!

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Looking forward to seeing what the inside looks like! Looks so good right now!

Vanessa said...

I'm totally impressed!

Krystyn said...

Great job on the cake! The green is really bright and bold!

Mommyof2girlz said...

You did an awesome job! Can't wait to see the inside :)

Paige said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see what the inside looks like.

Tiffany said...

That is so great! I want to take a cake decorating class. You make it look so easy, that I think I could try it! Thanks!

Momstart said...

It looks really great!

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

You did an awesome job!

Heather M said...

It looks AWESOME!
I can't decorate a cake worth anything. But I think your cap looks great. And How did you frost that cake so nicely? For a second there I thought it was fondant!

exotic1 said...

Great Job looks fantastic~! I'm not as ambitious as you, I'm going to order the cake for my son's graduation party next weekend. I know if I didn't for one reason or another something would go wrong. lol

lfhpueblo said...

Wow, what a nice graduation cake. School colors are always fun.

BabeeLove said...

Great Job :)The cake looks really nice!

Theresa said...

Good job!

ajoyfulsong said...

This is so cool!!! Great job! I always wanted to learn how to decorate cakes like this.

cookies and cups said...

Great cake and thanks for posting the process!

Samy said...

That looks amazing! You did a terrific job with it :)

Betty N said...

What a great cake!! You saved a lot of money and it was even more special because you used your time and talent to decorate it

Christine H said...

I tried learning how to decorate I was getting good to but I stopped to much icing eating going on, couldn't help myself. I'd love to start up again but my husbands a diabetic now. so no more cake. chirth7@yahoo.com

Xmas Dolly said...

Say good job, girlfriend. You've done better then the bakeries I've seen! Awesome.

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