21 Dessert Lovers & Recipe Creators Share Their Favorite Graduation Day Dessert Ideas

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Graduation Day Dessert Ideas

Graduation day is a major life event for the soon-to-be graduate. Whether you’re celebrating graduation day with family and close friends or hosting a big crowd, choosing the right graduation day dessert is essential. And with so many graduation day dessert ideas to choose from, how can you find the best, most delicious, crowd-pleasing dessert ideas for your guests to enjoy?

Edible Arrangements® offers a variety of delectable graduation day desserts, and they don’t require hours in the kitchen to prepare – which is great news when you’re busy dealing with the many aspects of planning a graduation party. Choose a party platter filled with decadent chocolate dipped fruits and topped with pineapple numbers dipped in chocolate and topped with sprinkles to signify the guest of honor’s graduation year. Or, consider a selection of mini cheesecakes and scrumptious cupcakes. Both of these delicious graduation desserts come complete with a bundle of Congrats balloons to decorate the party space.

For a graduation dessert that looks as amazing as it tastes, choose a mouth-watering arrangement of fresh fruits and chocolate dipped fruits that pulls double-duty as a gorgeous table centerpiece. You’ll find a large selection of graduation day gifts and desserts at Edible Arrangements®, with many gift bundles including an assortment of delicious treats and festive balloons so you can cross multiple tasks off of your party-planning to-do list.

For more delicious graduation day dessert ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite graduation day dessert ideas.


Morshed AlamMorshed Alam

@savvyprogrammr

Morshed Alam is the Founder & Editor at Savvy Programmer.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is a deconstructed strawberry shortcake. Start with a few layers of sliced fresh strawberries at the bottom of each dessert glass. Top with a layer of whipped cream, followed by a layer of cake or ladyfingers. Finally, top with another layer of whipped cream and garnish with fresh strawberries or chocolate shavings. Enjoy!”


Rowena MurakamiRowena Murakami

@tinykitchendiva

Rowena Murakami is a food and health expert and Co-Founder and Master Chef of the Tiny Kitchen Divas.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is a peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache. This rich, creamy pie with an Oreo cookie crust is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I often make them for my brother, and he can’t get enough of them! The ricotta cheese filling sits on top of the decadent peanut butter filling and is covered with a layer of chocolate ganache. The pie requires very few ingredients, so it’s easy to make and will be ready in no time.”


Jessica RandhawaJessica Randhawa

@theforkedspoon

Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.

“My favorite graduation dessert idea is Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites made with mini bite-size pieces of cheesecake covered in a delicious chocolate shell coating. Chocolate-covered cheesecake bites are the perfect graduation party treat!”


James GreenJames Green

@BuildAHead

James Green is the Owner of Build A Head.

“Cupcakes are a great way to serve dessert to a large number of people. For graduation celebrations, you can add diplomas or graduation hat decorations or the year of graduation to the top of the cupcake. Cupcakes offer the perfect solution for large parties.”


Matthew PaxtonMatthew Paxton

@Hypernia1

Matthew Paxton is the founder and owner of Hypernia.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is a Graduation Party Dessert Buffet. Desserts for a graduation celebration don’t have to be expensive. Grab some party-size snacks and candies from Target or Costco. I’m sure your party guests will like them and consume them all within minutes if you present them in attractive glass jars and containers.”


Chris RothChris Roth

@highlinecbd

Chris Roth is the founder and CEO of Highline Wellness. His passion is bringing mental health, wellness, and happiness to the forefront of the global culture.

“My favorite dessert idea for graduation day is dessert skewers. I love this idea because it’s very versatile and can be modified for any event. I tend to use chocolate-dipped strawberries, marshmallows, and brownies for graduation day. Everyone always loves this combination. The tanginess of the strawberry complements the sweetness from the marshmallow, while the brownie is an extra for people to munch on. I give it the graduation day theme by adding a little diploma made from rolled fondant on top.”


Daniel NealeDaniel Neale

Daniel Neale is the Founder and Cat Behaviorist at Kitty Cat Tips.

“My favorite graduation day dessert would be a party ice cream cake with brightly colored layers.

This simple-to-bake dessert requires only two ingredients: frozen yogurt and ice cream. You don’t have to worry about spending the entire evening in the kitchen, as this recipe can come to life within 30 minutes.

I recommend turning the preparation of this cake into an activity to get everyone involved. Everyone could pitch in their ideas for different toppings on the dessert, making it a memorable experience.”


Charmaine AllenCharmaine Allen

@luvmekitchen

Charmaine is a self-confessed foodie and editor at LuvMeKitchen a food blog. When she is not experimenting in the kitchen she enjoys traveling, running, sailing, and just spending time with family and friends.

“My favorite graduation dessert idea is diploma cookies. It’s really simple, quick and easy to prepare. The best thing about it is if your children decide to invite some friends over last minute, you can easily prepare a few extra. You use Pirouette cookies and wrap a red ribbon around them to mimic the image of a graduation diploma.”


Lynda FairlyLynda Fairly

Lynda is the CEO and co-founder of Numlooker, the most reliable Reverse Phone Number Lookup around. With years of experience in marketing, she leads her team to ensure that Numlooker has a better search algorithm and search engine visibility each passing day.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is Orange Cream Pops. You guys will love these orange cream pops as it’s a lower-fat alternative to ice-cream-filled pops. The tangy flavor of orange will tantalize your taste buds, and the silky smooth texture provides cool comfort, regardless of how high the temperatures soar. Within 10 minutes, you can prepare these frozen pops for 10 people. To make this, you need 1 package or 3 ounces of orange gelatin, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup vanilla yogurt, ½ tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup 2% milk, and 10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups and wooden pop sticks.”


Ryan YountRyan Yount

Ryan Yount is the founder of LuckLuckGo, a software company for GPS protection tools.

“My favorite dessert for graduation day is Chocolate Cheesecake Bars. It’s a wonderful combo of both most loved items: chocolate and cheese. This dessert is the perfect choice to celebrate happiness with your beloved ones. It adds the sweetness of chocolate, with a little softness of cheesecake on your special day. They’re also great served with tea.”


Wilhelmina “Billie” ZeelenWilhelmina “Billie” Zeelen

Wilhelmina “Billie” Zeelen is a chemist and the owner of Bzice. Having been fascinated by the idea of what foods can and can’t be frozen since she was a child, Billie decided to turn her obsession into the ultimate online freezing resource and created Bzice, the one-stop internet guide to what you can and can’t freeze at home.

“My favorite graduation day dessert is chocolate graduation caps. They are the perfect way to celebrate the graduation success of your friend or family member. They look impressive and cool and are very easy to create.

As the name suggests, the chocolate is shaped and served as a graduation cap. They’re a small dessert, and you can make a good portion of them to serve as a dessert after a graduation dinner.

The base of the graduation cap is created using an upside-down peanut butter cup, then an After Eight Mint Chocolate is stuck to the top of the peanut butter cup with chocolate frosting. To create the top of the cap, you need to use an M&M and some yellow frosting to create the tassels. It’s that easy!

These small desserts are great to serve alongside things such as ice cream and are perfect if you’re looking for a dessert idea that isn’t too complicated.”


Pareen SehatPareen Sehat

Pareen Sehat MC, RCC is a registered clinical counselor & certified mental health professional based in Vancouver, Canada.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea has to be Chocolate Cheesecake Bars. Most of us do not have the time to bake an actual cheesecake, and when graduation day is around the corner, these delicious quick-fix desserts are bound to make a memorable day unforgettable. They are easy to make and contain both the strong taste of chocolate and the tangy taste of cheesecake. I make the base with almonds; this adds to the hard yet satisfying crunch while the top retains the soft, fudgy texture. It usually takes about 35-40 minutes to prepare a batch, and I cut them up into square pieces to give the dessert a mini sweets-like feeling.”


Christine EganChristine Egan

Christine owns Biteyourcravings.com, a food blog dedicated to comfort food recipes.

“My favorite idea for a graduation day dessert is ice cream! It’s summer, so the hot weather lends itself to cold desserts. Setting up something like an ice cream bar with different flavors, toppings, and cones would only add to the celebration.”


Dominic HarperDominic Harper

Dominic Harper is the founder of Debt Bombshell.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is Oreo Rice Krispies Treats. Not only is it simple, but it’s also very easy to prepare, and the crumbled cookies make up the presentation. You can also toss other toppings like peanuts or flavored Oreos (such as red velvet ones) that will make the treats much more exciting and unique. Here’s my go-to recipe.

  1. In a microwave or a large saucepan over low heat, melt marshmallows and oil; stir until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in cereal and 1 cup chopped Oreos.
  3. Press mixture into a lightly greased 13×9-in. baking pan, using wax paper or a lightly greased spatula. Cool to room temperature.
  4. Spread melted white baking chips on top; sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup chopped Oreos. Cut into bars.”

Aysegul SanfordAysegul Sanford

@FoolproofLiving

Aysegul Sanford is a Food blogger and owner of Foolproof Living.

“This strawberry mascarpone tart is the perfect celebratory graduation dessert. Its indulgent creamy filling is complemented by tangy seasonal berries and an earthy biscuit base to ground the flavors. It’s a great option to bring along to a dinner party. It’s gluten-free and requires just 32 minutes to whip up.”


David AdlerDavid Adler

@TravelSecret_

David Adler is the Founder and CEO of The Travel Secret. David is a seasoned entrepreneur who has had extensive experience in travel, e-commerce, marketing, HR, and international business.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is graduation cupcakes topped with a diploma or cap. A dessert bar can be filled with sweets and pastries in all kinds of flavors and topped with a fondant diploma. It’s easy. You can make cupcakes yourself or buy them already made, just in the colors of your celebration.”


Michael BaldicanaMichael Baldicaña

Michael is a Web Content Specialist at Stayyy, a community for dog lovers and people who are looking to train their dogs.

“My favorite graduation dessert idea for a graduation day is a cake with the words Congrats! on it. There are so many different flavors and styles of cake to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any flavor, but if you want something a little more unique, why not try an ice cream cake? This way you get the best of both worlds – cake and ice cream! You can buy a cake or find a recipe to make one. It is an easy dessert idea that will remind your guests of their childhood days.”


Christina RussoChristina Russo

@TheKitchenComm2

Christina Russo is the Creative Director of The Kitchen Community, one of the world’s most respected digital culinary hubs that attracts an audience of over 3 million visitors a month and is solely dedicated to food, health, cooking, and wellness.

“Boston Cream Pie is my favorite graduation day dessert idea. My family originally comes from Boston, and there are a lot of us. And when I say a lot, I mean I’m the youngest sibling and have six older brothers and sisters, so I’d been to a sextet of graduations before my own, and for each and every one of them my nonna made a Boston Cream Pie.

And she made one for my graduation too, which is probably why I immediately think of this rich, creamy, and slightly decadent dessert whenever I think about any graduation. I guess it’s a memory and family thing, but it also helps that Boston Cream Pie was, is, and always will be one of my all-time favorite desserts.”


Brent HaleBrent Hale

@BrentAHale

Brent Hale is the Chief Content Strategist at Tech Guided, where they aim to help consumers find the information they need on tech products and services. They exist to make consumers’ jobs easier and facilitate them to make the best of their choices.

“I have a few favorite graduation day dessert ideas:

  • Brownie pops recast an old top pick. It’s a more convenient way of having brownies. Also, you can dip them in chocolate and sprinkles.
  • Rice Krispies treats are another top pick. Set them on popsicle sticks and plunge them in melted white chocolate.
  • Another great idea is strawberry and ice cream dessert. There’s just something about each guest getting their glass stacked up with a lovely strawberry and cream dessert that feels elegant.”

Own the GrillBeth Schubert

Beth Schubert is the Content & Press Director of Own The Grill, and a lifelong culinary fanatic.

“My favorite graduation day dessert idea is Peach Pie And Whipped Cream. I’m from Athens in Georgia, and on the day I graduated from high school and before I spent the evening partying with my friends, my daddy took me to our favorite diner where we ordered peach pie and whipped cream and just talked about the future and the possibilities that it held.

And now, whenever I go home to visit my parents, I go to that same diner with my daddy and we just chat about everything and nothing over a slice or three of peach pie. That tradition started on my graduation day. That’s why peach pie and whipped cream is my favorite graduation day dessert idea – because it’s the little things that matter, and traditions make the world a better place.”


Kyle KroegerKyle Kroeger

@viatravelers

Kyle Kroeger is the Founder of ViaTravelers.

“My ideal graduation day dessert would be the Cookie Salad. It’s a traditional treat from our state. I liked this recipe most.

It should preferably be made with Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies, but there are of course plenty of great cookie options. The salad also has vanilla pudding, oranges (mandarin preferably, but if you can’t get them another sweet and juicy variety will work), and whipped cream.

If you like the idea of a cookie salad, there are endless ways to customize it and make it perfect for the individual graduate you have in mind. My partner says she would enjoy it with strawberries instead of oranges.

You can give it a ‘gourmet’ twist with really fancy cookies or cakes, exotic fruit, Creme Anglaise, layering, and a more stylish presentation.”


Looking for a delicious done-for-you graduation day dessert? Choose from our incredible selection of graduation day desserts and gifts to find the perfect party platters, fruit arrangements, boxes of fresh-baked goods or decadent chocolate dipped fruits, and so much more. You’ll find mouth-watering graduation day desserts that every guest will enjoy. And, you can take advantage of our convenient delivery options to have an assortment of graduation desserts, festive balloons, and more delivered straight to your home or party venue. It couldn’t be simpler!