I made this cake for a friend's graduation. What better way to ring in a new chapter of life than with some nostalgia for chapters past?
Some technical details: The cake was chocolate with a whipped ganache buttercream filling. The bottom tier was an 8" hexagon, and the top a 6" round.
The cake was decorated entirely in a triple-sec spiked Italian Meringue buttercream, with a few small exceptions: The pink oval adornments, golden beads, heart compacts and topper were made of homemade pastillage. The piping was freehand, and the pastillage topper was cut using a stencil I made based on a photo I found online.