I Need Help Making A Fondant/gumpaste Graduation Cap.

Decorating By darkchocolate Updated 9 Jul 2007 , 8:48pm by darkchocolate

darkchocolate Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 7:44pm
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I need to make a graduation cap and I would like to make it out of gumpaste/fondant 50/50 mixture.

I tried using a 50/50 mixture this morning and I placed it over a small bowl, but it is sticking and I had to peel it off, so of course it is no good. How do I make this cap and use a bowl or something as my mold? Do I need to put something on the bowl first? I thought about putting Saran Wrap on the bowl first then maybe I could get the "cap" off easier. I just don't know what to do and I need help.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.


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Chericakes Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 7:59pm
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What size do you need the cap to be? I made one a couple of months ago to be a decoration on top of a Grad cake. I used a styrofoam "coffee cup", cut it down to maybe 1 1/2" or so. I flipped it over, covered the sides with fondant. I cut a circle for the top(but really the bottom of the cup), Then I took 2 squares of graham crackers and covered that with fondant for the board. I kept the cup in place until it was dry. Applied everything with vodka for my glue. I made a small button out of fondant and used the grass tip for the tassels. I used the wilton black fondant though. I don't know if any of this will help, but good luck.

miriel Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:00pm
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Plastic wrap on top of the bowl will help get the molded item out easier. It also helps to dust the plastic wrap with cornstarch/powdered sugar before placing your gumpaste/fondant.

jreimer Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:00pm
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I used a cup for my mold (See my pics for my grad cake - red and white)

I rubbed the cup with Crisco first. Make sure the cup/bowl is tapered at one end to be able to slide it off easier and also make sure there isn't an edge on the cup.

LauraS Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:01pm
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ok, I had a small bowl, lined it with plastic wrap, took the fondant ( cut in a round the size wanted) and laid it in side, put off the the side, i make the flat board, Just a square, put that off to the side. the tassle i just cut some thin strips of fondant, bunched them toather and made the braid and attached to dry, after a couple of hours, i gentle took the circle out of the bowl and put on the outside of the bowl wraped in plastic wrap, i used the plastic wrap like a tool to sort of make the fondant do what it did not want to do. just take your time.

mommabuda Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:15pm
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I made mine using a 4" round and then a piece of cardboard covered in fondant... you can check my pictures for a photo of it.

CourtneysCustomCakes Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:25pm
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I wonder what size you need? I recently made two caps for an event. I used a 1/2 ball cake and covered it with fondant. I made the top the size of a CD case, and let it dry.

I though got a little corney with my design. I added Eyes, eyelids, eyelashes, and eyeliner(for the girl) all out of fondant. It was a real hit.

The cake made it easy so get the shape I wanted and made it strudy enough to be moved around. It was ment to be just a little something for the graduates.


darkchocolate Posted 9 Jul 2007 , 8:48pm
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Thank you for your quick responses. I want a small graduation cap, nothing too big. I will be using my 9X13 pan and I will include a diploma also on the cake. By the time I put on a top border and write on the cake I don't want it to be overcrowded. I have several small bowls/containers that will work. I wanted to use fondant/gumpaste mixture because I won't have any cake batter leftover and I don't want to make more just for the graduation cap.

I have put some Saran Wrap on my small glass bowl and I dusted it with powedered sugar. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will work. I have already cut out a square for the mortar board and that has been drying since this morning. I won't need the cap until Saturday, but I wanted to make sure it is done and dry. I want my decorations to be ready when I am ready for them.

I looked at your pictures of graduation caps and they look great! I am looking forward to making this cake and I just hope it is all I expect it to be.


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