With graduations just around the corner, these graduation cakes are the perfect way to celebrate the special occasion and make your graduation parties as unique as your new grad. Whether you have a graduate from high school or college, these DIY graduation cake ideas will guarantee you make something fun!

Looking for graduation gifts? These ideas make unique ways to gift grad money.

sprinkles on white cake says it is you day g

Step by step It’s Your Day cake! I love this minimalist cake iced in buttercream with sprinkles.  Easy to make and beautiful. Matching “Yay” cupcakes are a sweet added touch.

Graduation Sheet Cakes

Sometimes you need something large that will feed a larger group. Another bonus is that a flat cake is often easier to transport if your party is not where the cake is made.

How about carving a sheet cake into a letter and adding a chocolate fondant graduation hat? They’ve worked hard to earn your degree, so celebrate it with a cake almost as impressive as their efforts! This elegant letter cake is topped off with a fondant cap.

letter grad cake

Shout it from the rooftops – you graduated! This sheet cake is a fun and funky graduation cake option, using marquee letters to give the cake a three-dimensional appearance.

Graduation banner cake

Graduation cap and diploma sheet cake. Wow a crowd with a big sheet cake covered in classy and oh-so-delicious buttercream roses, topped off with a graduation cap and a diploma.

grad cap sheet cake

Tiered Cakes

A tiered graduation cake makes a fantastic centerpiece for your party!

This simple round black and gold graduation cake features a classic look that is both elegant and beautiful. All you need is to make a delicious layer cake and add a banner! Try a 2-tiered version if you’re feeling ambitious!

black and gold graduation cake

Celebrate a bright future with this  Wish Graduation Cake, after all A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes. This fancy 3-tiered cake is sure to impress and delight.

Graduation cake

Pretty in Pink cake is so lovely from Sophia’s Cake Boutique.

tired cake cap on top second layer black pink damask

Calling all chocolate lovers. Your cake needs to not only look good but taste good. A chocolate ganache cake will do the trick! From Belmar Bakery.

round cake covered in chocolate ganache with fondant diploma and chocolate grad cap

Oh, the places you’ll go is a popular theme for a graduation party! From Las Vegas Custom Cakes.

Dr seuss theme cake oh the places you'll go

Sometimes all you need is a smashing cake topper! Make a simple cake and put on this graduation cake topper for a show-stopping cake.

white frosted cake with gold glitter acrylic graduation cake topper on white cake stand

Shaped Cakes

Shaped cakes are another perfect decoration and also can be personalized to fit the graduate’s hobbies and dreams!

Whooo Whooo is graduating? This grad is pretty wise! This owl graduation cake is so clever and cute!

owl cake

This graduation cap cake would is the perfect way to celebrate any graduation! It is easy to make if you know how to use fondant, and always impresses party guests when they find out it’s homemade.

shaped graduation cap gold tassle

This cake covers it all! Photo Credit

book cake with suitcase and world

High School Graduation Cakes

This adorable ocean-themed cake is anything but traditional. It’s a fun and creative way to celebrate if your college-bound grad is attending college near the coastline.

aqua colored cake with shells sea life in fondant says coastal carolina university

Celebrate your college-bound senior with this over the top college cake.

tierd cake that says grad name then Iowa bound

Making a cake that features their school colors and the colors of the college they will be attending is a creative way to celebrate your graduate. Hello and Goodbye Cake.

sheet cake with high school on one side and college on other

Graduation Cupcakes

The grad caps are a cross between a cake and a  cupcake. Spectacular! This small cake would be cool placed on the top layer of a tiered cake. Plus cakes with chocolate are always a hit!

grad hat small cakes on white platter

The cookie diploma on these cupcakes is super clever!

cupcakes with candy hat and cookie diploma

Cupcakes for grads are a fun way to celebrate a loved one’s big accomplishment. I love that they are fairly easy to make. You can switch these cupcakes with chocolate if you desire.

white cupcakes with white frosting and candy grad hat with red tassel on red cake stand

Grad Chocolate Cupcakes, whipped mint chocolate chip cream cheese frosting, and a graduation cap and tassel.

chocolate cupcakes with mint frosting chocolate dipped graham cracker with yellow licorice tassel

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  1. Love graduation season! Any of these cakes would be the showstopper of the celebration!

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