Is This A Crazy Idea?

Decorating By clovely Updated 1 May 2009 , 12:08am by vcm_9

clovely Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 10:10pm
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What I have in my head is a Cat in the Hat hat with the fishbowl (from the Cat in the Hat) on TOP of the hat. Is that insane?

I'm thinking of making the hat out of 6 layers (3 separated 2-layer cakes) - 6" rounds. I might need to start out with 8" rounds and carve to get the "whimsy" look of the hat. From pictures, it looks to me like the diameter of the hat is about half the height of the hat. So 6" rounds stacked 12" high!! OK, that's not the craziest part - could I then use the sports ball pan to make a fishbowl perched on top of the hat??

I'm thinking I could make a "shelf" in the top of the hat as if it were a regular whimsy cake. I'm trying to think through how to secure this disaster-waiting-to-happen! Would I need so many dowels and supports there'd be no room left for cake?

I'd be taking this to my kids' school. I'd really rather not put the fish bowl on top until I get it to the school. I guess, worst case, I could put the fish bown next to the hat?

Someone please either talk me through this or talk me OUT OF IT! icon_wink.gif

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cakesbytanya Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 10:22pm
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Have you seen the food network challenge with the cat in the hat cat? Sounds like it would be a fun cake. I'd love to see the finished product. Good luck.

clovely Posted 22 Apr 2009 , 10:30pm
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Tanya, thanks! I hadn't even seen that. I'm watching on YouTube now. This girl's using RKT on "Sam I am" on top because it will be lighter. That might be a lot smarter on the fishbowl.

LittleLinda Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 2:33am
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I agree that a fishbowl made of Rice krispy treats would be a lot easier. I'd still wait until you get to school to put it on the top.

lfcrt Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 4:11am
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why could you not use a small glass fish bowl and a real goldfish. then you could take it off and leave it for the class as a pet. if you use a small one without much water it should weigh less then a layer of cake. I would think you could put cling wrap on the top where the bowl is going to touch if you are concerned about that.

bizatchgirl Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 4:22am
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There's been some golf bag cakes that I'm sure are probably the same issue, all height and no base support. I would find a few of those pics and PM and ask for some info on how they supported.

Ask LOTS of questions. I've heard a couple disaster stories on golf bag cakes too.

Sorry, that's the best comparison I have in my head, because I don't remember seeing any Cat in the Hat cake like you want (except for the challenge).

spunkybear Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 4:38am
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ooooohhhhhh Doug.....where for art tho????? icon_eek.gif

I'll bet my sugar buckets he would have the answer to this one!!
That sound awesome and I would love to see it come to light. I am a huge fan of the Cat!!

clovely Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:12am
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Originally Posted by lfcrt

why could you not use a small glass fish bowl and a real goldfish. then you could take it off and leave it for the class as a pet. if you use a small one without much water it should weigh less then a layer of cake. I would think you could put cling wrap on the top where the bowl is going to touch if you are concerned about that.




I love this idea but I'd have to get the teacher's permission on that. The poor lady fell off a ladder and had a pretty major head injury. She's been out for two months (missed her birthday and her favorite day of the year - Dr. Seuss Day) - hence the big party. I'm not sure I'd want to put anything else on her...and there's only about five weeks of school left.

LOL, I just realized a golfish bowl (real or cake or RKT) tumbling off the top of a cat's hat could be a little too ironic for this party. Ugh!

chanielisalevy Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:40am
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By the way, the pet stores sell plastic fish bowls also (MUCH lighter) I used it for my gumball cake. My avatar has my cat in the hat cake if can give you any ideas ...but truthfully, I LOVE your idea I say go for it and Post pics as soon as you can. I LOVE THE CAT IN THE HAT!

Good luck

clovely Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:44am
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I remember seeing a picture here, and a nice explanation with step by step pictures of a crazy looking cake someone made that seemed to have one ice cream scoop supporting several other layers and I think other gravity-defying pieces. I can't find that now, does anyone know what I'm talking about?

clovely Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:46am
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chanielisalevy, I love your cake! I've looked at a couple like that here but I think I'll need something smaller. I LOVE how lopsided your hat is! I can't enlarge your picture, though...could you post it or send it to me?

FromScratch Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:51am
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*snort* icon_lol.gif

I'm sure the irony would be chuckled at... I'm sure you could do it, but you'd need a structured support system. A strong central dowel and fixed bases. A 3/4" plywood base with a 1/2" dowel sunk in and screwed in from the bottom and a 1/4" plywood base for the bowl that is screwed into the dowel at the top. This will be nice and sturdy and make sure that your cake has no structural stress on it.
LL

FromScratch Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:53am
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eventhough there is an "x" in the attachement box right now, if you click on it the picture is there.

lfcrt Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 11:27am
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You could always just take the fish back home...it is almost summer your child can have a new friend!

chanielisalevy Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 10:48am
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Originally Posted by clovely

chanielisalevy, I love your cake! I've looked at a couple like that here but I think I'll need something smaller. I LOVE how lopsided your hat is! I can't enlarge your picture, though...could you post it or send it to me?




Thanks - I'll try to atach it here. I used rice crispie treats (homemade) and molded it into the right shape, let hardern a bit, then covered in chocolate to help it hold it's shape and then attached with a long skewer into the cake. Then covered in fondant. Voila. Good luch with your cake and show pictures!
LL

vcm_9 Posted 1 May 2009 , 12:08am
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how did your cake go???? i am dying to find out!

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