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What Do You Write on a Graduation Cake?

Updated July 20, 2017

Graduation is an exciting time, filled with family, friends and celebration. It's a time to reflect on your achievements, look forward to the future and enjoy time with the people closest to you. Graduation often calls for a party, which calls for a festive cake. But what should the cake say?

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Should You Get a Cake?

Your graduation should be one of the most exciting times of your life, and as the honoured graduate, it's up to you to decide whether or not to celebrate with cake. If you're going to be spending time with lots of family and friends, cake is a classic party food you can customise to suit your taste. For an extra special touch, go for a cake frosted in your school colours.

Decorating Yourself vs. Bakery Decorations

If you're ordering a cake from a grocery store or bakery, chances are you can pre-order it with a message written on the cake. If you're making a cake yourself, you'll have to take a few extra steps to write on it. A simple way to write on a cake in icing is to trace the letters on the cake with a toothpick, then use a pastry bag to ice over where you traced.

What to Write

The message on your graduation cake should be short and sweet. A simple message like "Congratulations, Graduate!" gets a heartfelt message across in few words. You can also write things like "Class of (Graduation Year)" or "You Did It!" or the word "Congratulations" followed by your name. Choose a message that's meaningful to you without taking up too much space. Your cake's message should be happy and personal, but simple.

What Not to Write

There are a few common mistakes you can make in deciding what to write on your cake. First, don't make it too complicated. A cake with too much writing looks messy and unappetizing. Next, stick to one message. Even if you like the phrases, "Congrats," "Dream Big" and "Great Job," pick just one, or your cake will look confusing. Finally, double-check your spelling, either at the store when you order the cake or when you're tracing letters onto your own cake. Nothing ruins a graduation party quite like a misspelled word on a cake.

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About the Author

Camille Beredjick is a recent graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University working in the nonprofit sector. She is the sole writer and manager of GayWrites, an LGBT news blog.

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