I had this thought last night.....I have to make a graduation cake for Friday. I was thinking it would be really neat to make the cap out of hard sugar or isomalt. I was thinking that I could use a square cake pan to mold the mortar board and an appropriate bowl to make the cap part. Do you think it's doable? What issues might I run into? If I try it, I would assume that I could spray the pan/bowl with Pam or crisco (?) to make sure that I can get the finished product out of the container that I mold it in. Just thought it would be awesome to have a cap look like blue glass for a topper.
It is very ambitious. Should be very pretty.
I don't know that I would have the courage to try it. Please take a picture of it completed and post it.
Try it, but make something else to use in case it doesn't work. That you CYA and maybe have a awsome addition to your cake and even to you caking skills.
Do the square cake pan first, that way you will get some of the bugs worked out. The bowl part--were you thinking of making it solid? (uses LOTS of isomalt).
You should look up the Wilton Way Encyclopedia Volume II because they show a technique where you make a large-ish sugar circle (round cake pan comes to mind), and then press it into a crisco-greased bowl or other mold to shape it. Sugar can be reheated in an oven to soften it after you make the circle part.
This is described as a good beginner project and I found that those descriptions were pretty much on the mark. The Wilton that founded the firm was a candymaker, not primarily a baker, so you get some really good tips from those 1970's books.
I don't want the rounded part solid. It would probably sink! I was thinking of taking a bowl, adding the heated sugar and "rolling" the bowl so that it coats the inside. HOWEVER, I like the idea of the round cake pan, and then molding it into a bowl. Sounds much easier!!!! Thanks.