A Fun Twist on a Classic Cake Topper

A Fun Twist on a Classic Cake Topper

graduate cake topper

Hi everyone, April here from Lilacpeaches Handmade.

I’m going to show you how simple it is to make a cake prop for the side face of your cake. This is a unique twist on the classic cake topper. Cake props can be used in SO many different ways, and you can recreate this project with ANY theme you’d like.

For this project, I have created a “Class of 2022” layered die cut, but you can do this whether you have a cutting machine or not. You could print the words out and trace them, then add layers of cardstock behind and just hand cut it out. 

graduate front cake topper


creating a graduation cake topper

I created my die cut using a pretty cursive font. Make sure you know the size of your cake so you can size appropriately.

making a graduation cake topper

I like to make mine a little larger than the face so that it really pops. Once I had all my layers assembled, I turned it over and used a strip of cardstock (I used the same color as the base of my die cut) and sized it at 3”x.5”. I then took it and folded it into three parts so that it would create two flaps.

adding sticks to a front cake topper

Once I had my paper strip folded, I used a hot glue gun to secure it to the back of the cut out. Lastly, I took a cake top stick and hot glued one to each flap.

graduation cake topper

The die cut then slides into the front of the cake using the two cake sticks.

twist on a cake topper - front cake topper

If you decide to make this spin on a traditional cake topper, be sure and share it with us! 


design team member april gonzalez


  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Hi Bill! You can create layers for your text In Cricut Design Space. The tool you use is called offset. If you look on youtube for Cricut Design Space Offset tutorial there’s lots of resources. Hope that helps!

  • Bill Wilson

    Loved the cake topper. But how do you make the cursive text layered? I have a cricut but no die cutting

  • 12x12 Cardstock Shop

    Hi Anna! We do ship worldwide. You can find info on international shipping here https://www.12×12cardstock.shop/pages/international-sales

  • Anna Zerafa

    Hi, do you send Cardstock to Malta, I would like to buy but did not manage.

    Thank you

  • Emily

    Where do I get the cut file to make this. I have a nephew graduating in 3 weeks.

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