Hi! I have a request for a Kentucky derby hat cake... they said the other baker they talked to could only do it for 8-10 people. Of course I told them we could make it larger than that....my question is this...the derby hats I saw online as far as cakes, they made the brim much smaller, but they were still very pretty. But the real hats have extremely wide and floppy brims.
I assume to make a very wide brim I'd have to use something non edible and cover with fondant...if that is the case....any suggestions? I would not want to risk using gumpaste and having it snap. My brain is thinking some sort of flexible but firm plastic...but that's as far as I get, nothing specific.
Or should I just artfully reduce the brim? I haven't seen the photos yet, she is going to send them to me.
*Bumping this* ... Anyone?
Hey there, Kitagirl! This is coming from the "horse's mouth" 'scuse the pun... I live in Louisville and know well the requirements of proper Derby attire. First, don't box yourself in by thinking that all Derby hats have extra large brims... yes, you are correct in stating the brims are large --the majority are; however, many are not. Truly, a Derby Hat is judged by the ornateness of the florals and overall design. I'm posting a link to our Derby coverage via local newspaper. It will give you a taste of how we locals get caught up in the whole event. Hats are a feature.
To translate a brim into cake making, I'd recommend a fondant brim cut to whatever size you desire then drying over gently rolled bubble wrap. This will give you the most 'flexibility' overall. I think you are wise not go go with gumpaste for fear of breakage.
I hope you have so much fun with this cake! We do love our Derby!
Yay, a reply! Great, thanks! I have not seen the photos of what she wants yet, but will know better after I talk with her.
I definitely think the wider the brim, the more chance for either gumpaste or fondant to break. Either way I will have to make sure to make it weeks in advance for sure! I was hoping there was a non edible way to brace the brim a bit.
I notice alot of feathers and stuff.....I wonder if there is a way to make those edible? Anyway.... I will know more when I talk with them again, if I do....the girls are freaking out because my available consult date is "too late" for them.... so I encouraged them to email me all their photos and I'd take a look now, but haven't heard back. We'll see!
I think it will be a fun cake if it works out.