Graduation cake!!! (with recipe and tutorial)

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Yesterday was my graduation from the Swedish version of high school. It was such an amazing day, spending time with  friends and family, eating good food and – of course – home made cake! The “traditional” graduation cake is one that looks like the Swedish graduation cap and I made one of those cakes for a friend of mine. I will be posting about that later in the week or the next. For myself though I went for a simple cake. Vanilla cake, filled with two layers of rhubarb compote and two layers of lemon curd, then frosted with whipped cream and decorated with fresh strawberries.. It’s one of my absolute favorite cakes because it’s so fresh and summery, and also very simple and quick to make!

For the rhubarb compote, I peeled 400 g of fresh rhubarbs, cut them into 1 cm pieces, and put them in a saucepan with 150 g caster sugar. Let it boil on medium-low heat until the rhubarbs are completely soft and start falling apart. It’s quite impossible over boil it, so just make sure you boil it until there are no big pieces left. For me it took about 5 minutes. Since rhubarbs can vary a lot in sweetness; taste the compote when it is still warm and add some lemon juice if it’s too sweet or some more sugar if it’s too sour.

And so for the tutorial on how to pipe the “frills” on the cake! First of all, please excuse the bad pictures! I made the cake at 11 in the evening the day before graduation and was quite stressed to finish all that had to be done before the big day!

I used a petal tip. I’m not sure which size I went for in the end, but you can just use that you think gives nice results.

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1.. Begin with frosting your cake with buttercream/whipped cream. I frosted the bottom cake first, then put the smaller one on top and then frosted the small one.

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2.. Beginning from the bottom, slowly and with even pressure pipe a line. The quicker you pipe, the less frilly it will be.

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3.. Pipe another line on the side of it, slightly overlapping the first one. Continue doing this until you’ve covered the entire side of the cake.

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When you’re done, you can decorate with fresh berries, chocolate, flowers… pretty much anything! 😉

Thanks for looking, and if you try it out, good luck!

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