Graduation Cake Trends and Ideas.

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Guess what? Graduation season is just around the corner! Now is the time to start thinking of what you want to serve at your Graduate’s big celebration.

This year the big trend is cupcakes. You can easily make your own or you can order them from your favorite Coborn’s bakery. If you decide to make your own, to relieve a bit of the last minute stress, you can bake them up way in advance and freeze them. Just take the easy way and use a box mix. The flavor options are endless and the box mixes these days are really good. Bake them as far as a month in advance, and freeze them, unfrosted and really well covered. Then the day before, pull them out and decorate them however you want.

Here are a couple of cute ideas that you can easily make at home.

Reese’s Grad Cap Cupcakes

The grad cap is made with a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup and a square of Hersey’s chocolate. Just glue them together with a dab of frosting.


Diploma Cupcakes

The scroll cupcake is super easy; roll up a small piece of paper and tie it with a small piece of ribbon in your school colors. You can ice the cupcake with a fancy swirl, or you can just spread the icing on with a small knife.

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As far as graduation cakes go, the sky’s the limit! You can also make your cake ahead of time, but sometimes the cakes that you see on the Internet are a lot harder to make than they look! These cakes are best left to a pro, so just stop by your Coborn’s bakery and consult with a professional cake decorator. Make sure to plan ahead and order well in advance.

Another great idea for grad parties that is super simple is bars. Again, you can make them yourself  ahead of time and freeze them until the day before your party, or you can order them special. Or, you know that many of your friends are going to ask how they can help you get ready for the big shindig, and people always want to know what they can bring. Don’t be afraid to ask a couple of friends to bring a pan of bars. You can reciprocate when they have their grad party.

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manger, St. Cloud, MN Cooper Ave.

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Graduation Preparation! Part 3

We all had teachers in our lives who helped us become the person we are today. Our last post in this series focuses on how just one person can make a difference. Maybe you could save that special teacher a trip to the grocery store with a CobornsDelivers gift card (Just sayin’)!

A High School Teacher to Remember

During a get-together with my friends last week, some moms shared a few stories about great teachers who had served as great mentors for their children. It reminded me once again that teachers carry an enormous responsibility on their shoulders. Both kids and parents look to them for learning, guidance, mentorship and direction.

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Graduation Preparation! Part 1

With graduation party season in full swing, we know most of you are busy planning, entertaining and traveling all in celebration of the momentous event that is high school graduation. And while CobornsDelivers is happy to assist you will all your food-related needs (even last minute items!), we also wanted to share some emotional support as well! We asked one of our bloggers, who is preparing for her first child’s high school graduation, to share with us some insight into the graduation party-planning experience!

Ideal Graduation Gift – Jewelry? Trip? Money?

I’ve been approached by friends and family of late wondering about the perfect graduation gift for my daughter, and, at first, I found myself completely stomped! Jewelry? Trip? Money?

Until recently, I had no idea what the perfect gift may be. And honestly, I was overwhelmed trying to figure out what my own ideal parting gift for her would be. Jewelry? Trip? Money?

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Preparing for Grad Parties is not for the Faint of Heart

Looking at my daughter, it still hasn’t dawned on me that she is leaving for college in a few short months. But before I get all emotional and sentimental, I need to pass a big hurdle:  the graduation party. And if you haven’t already been through one, that is no small task.

I have a perpetual to-do list in my purse, and every time I check something off, it seems that I have to add something in its place. Planning started months ago when I, along with a significant amount of local moms, clamored for ice tables, tents, tables and chairs at the local rental center. In the heat of the moment, I threw in a popcorn machine as well (they were running low on those as well so I panicked…).

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Prom is here, grad parties are right around the corner – what are you going to serve???

Springtime is full of family landmarks and celebrations.  From prom to graduation – parties abound!  Are you looking for menu ideas?

Prom Night

Prom night can be a teen’s first chance to host a dinner party—it’s a great opportunity for them to learn about planning a special event for friends.  It can be fun for your teen to brainstorm menu options, decorations, and strategically organize the party.  Some ideas for prom night dinner include:

  • Lasagna with crusty bread and salad
  • Steak with a potato dish and a vegetable
  • Grilled kebabs or grilled salmon with rice and a veggie.

Serve a sparkling juice with the meal and top it off with a delicious dessert to make the meal feel extra special.  If you want some help brainstorming, you can go to and click on “Easy Eats” for ideas in different categories.  Under the “Dinner” listing, I like:

  • Baked Cheesy Tomato Basil Pasta
  • Filet Mignon with Porcini Mushroom Sauce

Grad Parties

Grad parties are another time when the party menu is key.  Depending on the time of day, you could do a morning brunch, appetizers in the afternoon, or sandwiches for lunch or dinner—but really, the sky’s the limit.  Some of my favorite crowd-pleasers include:

  • Artichoke, crab, or spinach dip
  • Meatballs (for a sauce, I like to mix one jar of cocktail sauce and one jar of seedless raspberry jelly)
  • Egg rolls, wontons, pot stickers
  • Fresh fruit or raw veggies with hummus or spinach dip
  • Pasta salad


  • Chocolate Dipped Twizzlers
  • Big Sandwich
  • Dessert Pizza

Whatever menu you serve, the party will be special because it’s marking a landmark in your child’s life.  So have fun planning and enjoy this rite of passage with your teen.