Need Help With Shako

Decorating By Denae Updated 10 Dec 2008 , 4:32am by Denae

Denae Posted 6 Dec 2008 , 5:30pm
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hey all,

i have to do a groom' cake for a Citadel cadet and the MOG wants the fabulous cadet parade hat called the "shako"...she wants me to try to replicate it as close as possible.

so, my ? is how would i do the feathers on the top? any suggestions?
thanks in advance
LL

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Denae Posted 6 Dec 2008 , 5:30pm
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by the way, this is not the exact one, but pretty close to it.

mkolmar Posted 6 Dec 2008 , 10:51pm
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Holy smokes I have no idea for this one. Giving you a bump up so hopefully more people will see this who can help.

Doug Posted 6 Dec 2008 , 11:13pm
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actually a relatively simple cake ....tho the detailing will be a killer.

the main body of the hat is nothing more than a 2-tier (4 layers = 8" tall) or even 3-tier (6 layers = 12" tall) stacked tier cake where the tiers are all the same size to start (as opposed to them getting smaller each tier up).

== as drawn below it is 3 tier using the red trim at top to equal layer of cake ==

then a bit of carving to get them to gently slant in to the bottom

then add a gumpaste hat brim

then add gumpaste braids and medallion.

that little red thing (for lack of better term) could easily be fashioned out of a cupcake all iced up in red and the fluffy feathers could be very thin gumpaste that has been cut to be feathery. -- could even add half a miniball pan or a half chocolate shell (think like those Christmas cupcake ornaments) to make it easier to get that big "poof"

fondant could be used in place of gumpaste if you prefer.

as with all stacked tiers -- cakeboard every two layers with proper internal support (SPS or dowels) and stake it like Dracula!

HTH
LL

cakedivamommy Posted 7 Dec 2008 , 12:57am
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Maybe you could make the feathers out of rice paper? Good Luck!

Denae Posted 10 Dec 2008 , 4:32am
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what is rice paper?

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