Best Method For Making Graduation Cap

Decorating By madgeowens Updated 4 Apr 2011 , 3:20pm by smfrickl

madgeowens Posted 26 May 2010 , 5:23am
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What do you think is the best way of making a graduation cap? Gumpaste board or cardboard with covered mmf? RKT for round part or cake??? In you op which looks best? Thanks for input

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CakeandDazzle Posted 26 May 2010 , 6:20am
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i made mine by cutting out a strip of fondant for the base and wrapping it around a round containter and wax paper (salt, cup, etc) then i cut out a fondant square... let all dry and put the square on the circle! easy peasy hth!

buttercuppie Posted 26 May 2010 , 7:12am
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I was rushing to do a cake for my cousin so I did the RKT method...carved the base out freehand and covered in BC and fondant and then cut a cakeboard into a square and covered it in fondant...added little button on top and tassle with numbers and it was all set to go...

...she loved it (she was an accounting major so I added a little calculator covered in disco dust)...

...funny thing was I think her husband was more excited about the RKT then the cake!

sweettreat101 Posted 27 May 2010 , 9:55am
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I am planning on using the wonder mold doll pan cut down to the proper size then take a piece of cardboard covered with fondant. Haven't decided whether I will use a real tassel or make one out of fondant mixed with Tylose.

tarheelgirl Posted 27 May 2010 , 10:28am
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I do my cap the same way CakeandDazzle does. It's super easy!

lecrn Posted 27 May 2010 , 9:48pm
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Originally Posted by CakeandDazzle

i made mine by cutting out a strip of fondant for the base and wrapping it around a round containter and wax paper (salt, cup, etc) then i cut out a fondant square... let all dry and put the square on the circle! easy peasy hth!

Wow. Why didn't I think of that! I've been making the base of the cap with styrofoam wrapped with fondant. Your way would be much cheaper.

sweetcakes Posted 28 May 2010 , 2:52am
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i jsut take a small amount of cake batter and bake it in one of the mini ball pans, after baking, cut a flat area at the top, cover in it black fondant, the mortor board i predo out of GP and use melted choc to attach. Easy and its two more servings.

rsweety2 Posted 28 May 2010 , 3:00pm
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hi everybody iam making a 16" round cake for a graduation i have the cap pan but not sure i like it on the big cake the others look more like a cap but not sure how to make and the colors are royal blue and silver made a trail cake of the cap with the new duff fondant (awesome and taste good too) in blue and put silver flowers around the cap but the roses came out to big and took away from the cap i tried to make silver icing but it iust looks gray anybody have any suggestions on what to do i was thinking of making the round in fondant i thought silver fondant would be easier to achieve then trying for silver icing please all suggestions would be helpful need the cake done asap icon_eek.gif and should i make 2 16" layers as you all can tell im a newbee baker

lizabu Posted 30 May 2010 , 12:07am
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What if you painted the finished gray piece with a little silver luster dust. It should look sparkly and silver

pursuing_perfection Posted 31 May 2010 , 1:39am
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I just did my first grad cap last month (it is in my pics). I used the sports ball pan to make the dome and covered it in fondant. I had planned on doing the mortarboard part out of fondant, but my wise cake making friend told me that I wouldn't have enough dry time, so it would sag. I could have used gumpaste, which would have dried faster, but I was concerned that it wouldn't quite match the fondant base, SO...I ended up getting my hubby to cut me a square mortarboard out of thin wood which I wrapped with fondant. I pressed fondant through a garlic press to get the strands for the tassel. Unfortunately, when I set the cap on the cake, I accidentally had the tassel to the back, and it was too heavy to reposition without possibly breaking it. Hope this helps, and that your cap is a little less stress!

jayarr Posted 31 May 2010 , 2:00pm
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I made mine few weeks back same as cake and dazzle did . It looks great . Great ideas on this post !!

Justcakesbyviki Posted 31 May 2010 , 4:13pm
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I use the smallest Pyrex bowl. Then the same as most, covered square board with fondant. icon_biggrin.gif

smfrickl Posted 4 Apr 2011 , 3:20pm
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I need to make a graduation cap and will be using some of the suggestions from all of you but I have one do I get the gumpaste black? I have only used fondant and never gumpaste. Thanks!

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