So I want to make a hat box with an open lid and a teapot sitting on top, sorta like the one in this picture. What do I use to prop the lid open? Is the lid cake or is it just a drum that's been covered with fondant? How do I go about supporting the teapot? How do I make the "tissue"?
I can't give you any guidance, but that's an adorable cake. If it's any help, there are chocolate molds for cups and saucers and teapots.
Thanks for the idea about the molds! I was going to make the tea cup out of gumpaste but chocolate would be even better. Hopefully I can find one before Saturday!!
Here's a cake I did that's constructed the same way:
The box is cake, the lid is styro held up with SPS dowels (but no SPS plate) and then the purse is cake with two long wooden dowels hammered down to the base to hold it. I highly recommend pound cake for the purse part but you can use anything for the box. Or just do a chocolate mold like you mentioned.
Tissue is just thin gum paste dried randomly. Attach with royal icing to fill up most of the space and you can add fresh, soft pieces if you need to fill in any gaps.
This is a sticky topic in the Cake Decorating forum...
I found it extraordinarily helpful in making my hatbox cakes.