Unfortunately, I have been so busy this summer that I have only just got round to posting about the cakes that I made for my boyfriend’s graduation at the end of July. I spent absolutely ages trawling through beautiful graduation cake ideas with absolutely nothing jumping out at me. I wanted to create something special that he would never have had before to celebrate his amazing achievement that had taken three long, laborious years to complete! And it was in the middle of the night when I came up with this:
The Graduationsaurus Rex
I had recently purchased some dinosaur cake moulds from Lakeland because I am such a big kid and absolutely love experimenting with fun shapes and decorations. I knew I didn’t want to leave them plain and decorate them with icing pens in the same way that Lakeland had advertised them on their website, especially as I was baking chocolate chip dinosaurs instead of the vanilla recipe that they offered with the moulds. Therefore, I decided that candy melts were the perfect antidote to my decorating woes! I could create a fun and colourful dinosaur simply by covering my cake in blue chocolate and decorating with icing. This was much easier said than done. I ended up having to paint the blue chocolate on with a paint brush that I had to constantly dip in hot water so that the chocolate was still melting and runny enough to spread over all the curves smoothly. It took absolutely ages, but I could see that the end result was going to be worth all of the hard work, and creating the icing decorations was so much fun at the end of it all!
It may have been a little bit rough around the edges, but I was so ridiculously pleased with the finished product.
Unfortunately, the dinosaur did get a little battered travelling around 100 miles from Bristol to London when I got the train up for the graduation. But it was still clearly a graduation dinosaur and I think it did well considering the distance and the fact that it was all by public transport!
It was super convenient that I had loads of extra cake-mix left over to make some cupcakes for my boyfriend’s family who were also travelling up to watch him graduate that day. Luckily, we were all meeting at my student flat in London, so I had enough time to whip up a quick vegan chocolate frosting there, as his mum is lactose intolerant and I didn’t want her to miss out. I also managed to find some pretty sprinkles in my little uni baking box that I could quickly pour on them too!
The cakes went down an absolute treat. My boyfriend and his family loved them and really appreciated all the effort that I had gone to. If you ever get stuck deciding on sentimental present ideas, especially for events like graduations, cakes are definitely the way forward. I mean, let’s face it, who doesn’t like a good cake when celebrating something special?!