Sombrero Cake

Decorating By rcolson13 Updated 13 May 2010 , 10:20pm by noosie

rcolson13 Posted 13 May 2010 , 11:02am
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Making this fun cake next week, but I have a couple questions. First, I'm planning to stack several 6 inch round cakes to get the proper height. If I'm stacking higher than 4 inches (a normal tier) do I need to dowel and rod the extra tiers on top?

Also, If anyone has tips for the rim of the hat, that would be amazing! I'm thinking gumpaste should do the job with towels underneath scrunched up while it dries, but I'm not positive.

Thanks!
LL

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cakeandpartygirl Posted 13 May 2010 , 11:31am
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I would put the support on the bottom two layers to keep it from collapsing on itself, try the sps system and cover the whole thing then you wouldn't have to worry about it leaning. As for the brim the towels sound good I just would cover them with plastic wrap to keep the fuzzies away.


HTH

jammjenks Posted 13 May 2010 , 2:19pm
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Get a cheap sombrero at a party store. Cut the head part off and use the brim as a form for gumpaste.

At least that's what I'd do.

Maria_Campos Posted 13 May 2010 , 2:31pm
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I would do exactly what jammjenks said

cakeandpartygirl Posted 13 May 2010 , 2:38pm
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Originally Posted by jammjenks

Get a cheap sombrero at a party store. Cut the head part off and use the brim as a form for gumpaste.

At least that's what I'd do.




Good idea!!! thumbs_up.gif

jammjenks Posted 13 May 2010 , 2:48pm
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It looks like the cake in the picture has something black giving shape to the brim. I guess you could always do it that way too.

Maria_Campos Posted 13 May 2010 , 3:03pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jammjenks

It looks like the cake in the picture has something black giving shape to the brim. I guess you could always do it that way too.




It does have something black under there, I remember seeing this cake before, but I would do what jammjenks suggested to kick it up a few notches, thats actually what I do now for baseball caps, and other hats, including flowers, I goto Michaels and buy a flower I want to recreate, take it apart and use the petals to dry my gum paste on.

rcolson13 Posted 13 May 2010 , 9:38pm
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Now that you mention it, it does look like there is something black underneath it. That hat idea is a really good one - I'll give that a try for sure. I guess I would cover the whole rim piece in one piece of fondant with a 6inch round circle cut out of the middle. When it's dry slip it over my fondant covered middle?

A little nervous about the carving because I haven't had good luck in the past. Got to remember to take a small amount off at a time and slow down

Thanks CCers!

noosie Posted 13 May 2010 , 10:20pm
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It looks like the decorator used black fondant as "risers" underneath the brim to give the different crease effects in the brim while adding a 3 dimensional look at the same time. I would roll out the brim in a whole circle, place the black fondant risers underneath to lift, decorate and let air dry right on the cake board. Once you have stacked and covered, transfer right to the middle of your brim and add a nice border where the two pieces meet.

Hope that helps & good luck.

P.S. - I had to do a sombrero for an engagement party enough to feed about 100 guest so my brim had to be made out of cake to accommodate the numbers.

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