Sister’s Graduation Cake

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 8
Decoration Time: 1 Day

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  • 10” Round by 3” deep
  • 8” round by 3” deep
  • 6” Round by 3” deep
  • 4” Round by 3” deep


  • 2kg dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 12” Round cake drum
  • 10” Round cake drums x 3
  • 8” Round cake drums x 2
  • 6” Round cake drum
  • 2” Square cake card x 2


  • 2kg White sugarpaste
  • 400g Black sugarpaste

Paints and Dusts

  • Pearl shimmer lustre dust
  • Water-based pink airbrush colour
  • Passion pink airbrush colour
  • Claire Bowman’s (non-edible) Silver decorative metallic dust
  • Black lustre dust
  • Sugarflair pump push edible glitter dust



  • Palette knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Serrated knife


  • 1” brush
  • 2” brush

Modelling Tools

Cakey Tools

  • PME modelling tools
  • FMM Script Alphabet Upper Case Tappit Set Cutters
  • Pasta roller

 Graduation Cake: An education in cake decorating...

In this tutorial, Paul Bradford shows you how to make this graduation cake that he made for his sister when she... you guessed it, graduated.

Perfect for a whole list of occasions, this four-tier design can easily be altered to suit your needs.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • Stacking a tall cake
  • Creating unique textures
  • Working with onlay
  • Creating a mortar hat
  • Edible painting
  • and much much more!

Don't forget to share your interpretations of this wonderful cake with Paul and rest of the Sugarcraft community on our Facebook group.

Who knows? You may even end up featured in one of our monthly members' cake blogs.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  
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