Fairytale Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:01am
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Many of you have asked how I make my hatbox cakes. Ill do my best to describe what I do, but I know there are several right ways to make these. Heres how I fumble through mine.

I make my regular cakes, decorate and stack them. For the hatbox lid, I make mine from styrofoam. I roll out GP, flip it over, paint it with water, then put the stryofoam on top, and cut around it. Flip it over, smooth it and let it dry. After that I take fondant, cover the top and sides of the lid, flip it over and cut off the excess. Makes a nice seam between the GP and fondant. If you dont want to use the Styrofoam, you can always prop the like open with a wooden dowel.

I prop mine open with a Styrofoam wedge because I usually use that to secure my flowers. (Like a floral oasis). You have to do your flower arrangement first, and keep trying on the lid, to make sure your not going to smash the flowers. I push a floral wire into the bottom of the lid, then push the lid down on the Styrofoam and into the cake. I secure the back of the lid with either a dab of royal icing or white chocolate. Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions.

I've posted a picture of the babyshower hatbox cake just in case you haven't seen it.
LL

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playingwithsugar Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:04am
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Thank you so very much for sharing this with us!

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superstar Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:18am
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Thank you so much. I am looking forward to trying this sometime in the near future. Your work is awesome.

JaneK Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:26am
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I have always just LOVED that cake Jan and was wondering how to make a hatbox lid..this is superb!!!
Thanks very much!

whyteicing Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:31am
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thats very helpful!
what do you charge for a cake like the one youve pictured?

DebraJ Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:31am
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Thanks for sharing the instructions. I'll definitely have to try this design.

NewbeeBaker Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:35am
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That cake is just amazing! Thank you for taking the time to share how to do this with us! Jen

marthajo1 Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:36am
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What is GP?

rezzygirl Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:40am
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Thanks so much! It really is beautiful!

gizmo-shadow Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:41am
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What is GP?




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Thanks for sharing FairyTale!

tyty Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:43am

Thanks for sharing. Maybe I will try it. You make it seem a little more simple.

khoudek Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:47am

Thank you for sharing. Your cake is beautiful BTW.

marthajo1 Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:47am

Oh dude!! Total duh on my part!! Oh my gosh I had even gone to the abbreviations list to look before I posted!!!! Please don't BAN me!!! icon_redface.gif

namaman Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:52am

Thanks for the tips!

Fairytale Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:54am
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Oh dude!! Total duh on my part!! Oh my gosh I had even gone to the abbreviations list to look before I posted!!!! Please don't BAN me!!! icon_redface.gif




OMG, you live in Visalia? I use to do work with Visalia Community Hospital. Wow. Now I'm working with hospitals in Delano and Tulare. Yep, nothing but the big time for me.LOL. icon_biggrin.gif

marthajo1 Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 1:58am
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OMG, you live in Visalia? I use to do work with Visalia Community Hospital. Wow. Now I'm working with hospitals in Delano and Tulare. Yep, nothing but the big time for me.LOL. icon_biggrin.gif




Isn't it funny how small the world is!!

Got any good cake shops here?

Fairytale Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 2:07am
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OMG, you live in Visalia? I use to do work with Visalia Community Hospital. Wow. Now I'm working with hospitals in Delano and Tulare. Yep, nothing but the big time for me.LOL. icon_biggrin.gif



Isn't it funny how small the world is!!

Got any good cake shops here?




Sorry no. I don't live in central valley. I live in the Bay Area. They just send me down Hwy 99 and I stop in at our various hospitals. Don't know any shops down your way but there are 5 or 6 in my area.

bobwonderbuns Posted 10 Apr 2007 , 10:54pm

Thank you Jan! You do great work!! icon_biggrin.gif

JanH Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 5:30am

Just gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing. icon_biggrin.gif

idoweddingcookies Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 5:47am

So pretty and elegant. One day..haven't even learned to use fondant or MMF yet, so will wait abit.
But you're tips are great.

wyatt Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 5:54am

You make it sound much easier than it looks. Your work is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip!

Shamitha Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 6:07am

Thank you Fairytale. It's beautiful

cambo Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 12:14pm

Thankyou for sharing.....it's beautiful!

Fairytale Posted 11 Apr 2007 , 2:31pm

Glad I could help. I hope to see a bunch of hatbox cakes posted. icon_biggrin.gif

canoewoman Posted 5 May 2007 , 11:30pm

me too.

khoudek Posted 6 May 2007 , 3:52am

Thanks for the directions.

beany Posted 6 May 2007 , 8:16am

Thanks for sharing!

maryak Posted 6 May 2007 , 10:43pm

That is so kind of you to share with all of us. Thank you so much!!

bobwonderbuns Posted 6 May 2007 , 11:00pm

I'm adapting these instructions to a jewelry box cake I want to do for Mom's Day. Thanks Jan!! icon_biggrin.gif

albumangel Posted 12 May 2007 , 12:24am

Thanks for the great instructions!! and thanks to Bobwonderbuns for directing to this thread!

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