melanie-1221 Posted 28 Jan 2013 , 12:46am
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I have been asked to do my first Dr. Seuss hat cake. Just that hat, nothing else.

 

What is the best method to making the stripes? I'm leaning towards painting them on. Would you recommend that or is there a better way?

 

Any tips to making this cake are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance icon_biggrin.gif

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cakeyouverymuch Posted 28 Jan 2013 , 12:53am
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I'd lean toward painting the stripes only because visible brush strokes would seem more Seussian if you know what I mean.

melanie-1221 Posted 28 Jan 2013 , 1:02am
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I'd lean toward painting the stripes only because visible brush strokes would seem more Seussian if you know what I mean.

 

Thank you! That's what I was thinking too.icon_smile.gif

SaltCakeCity Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 3:30am
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Hey Melanie,

     I hope it's not too late to put in my two cents but I did this Seuss  inspired cake by layering white and red MMF. Then, I used a paintbrush and black food coloring to paint on the little black lines. It was pretty easy that way. I hope that helps!
Jennifer

 

melanie-1221 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 3:48am
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Gorgeous cake Jennifer!

Thank you for your advice, it's not too late. I don't have to attempt this cake until March, just getting my ducks in a row icon_biggrin.gif

I want to make sure I get this right , did you cover it all in white and then add the red stripes and top on the hat? 

Thanks again!

Sweet_Stuff_Cakery Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 8:16am
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Cover it in white fondant then paint the red stripes and outline in black.

 

 

 

 

 

melanie-1221 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 9:51am
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Cover it in white fondant then paint the red stripes and outline in black.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you! 

Awesome cake!

~ Which leads me to my next question...how did you get the hat to safely bend? I'm assuming it's carved? I'm worried about an unstable cake under the weight of the fondant but that is the look I'm aiming for.

SaltCakeCity Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 6:03pm
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I covered it in horizontal stripes of white and red and then did a top round disc to cover the very top of it. You could cover the whole thing in white first and then add the red stripes but then the red stripes would be coming off more than the white. I'm sure it'll be great any way you do it :)

CarlaG Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 6:28pm
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I covered it in white fondant... then cut strips of plastic wrap coated with a thin layer of Crisco and adhered them to what would be the white stripes. Then just airbrushed the whole thing red, removed the plastic wrap and painted the black outlines. It was super fast and easy!Fondant covered chocolate mud cake filled with chocolate buttercream.

melanie-1221 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 6:45pm

Thanks everyone!

Great Seuss hats!!

I will be using all of your advice thumbs_up.gif

I get nervous when a cake looks " easy"  usually those are the ones I have the most difficulty with for some reason.

This one has me nervous .

Thanks again for sharing your hats and techniques with me.

Hopefully I will be posting one that looks as great and not one in 'cake disasters' shhh.gif

Sweet_Stuff_Cakery Posted 6 Feb 2013 , 9:38pm

It is carved slightly. This customer did not want to serve very many people. So, I did a 7in dummy on the bottom with two 7in cakes on top. If you use a 6in cardboard in between the two 7in cakes you will have enough support and still have enough room to slightly curve the hat.

 

The exaggerated top was done by adding a pieces of cupcakes and cake ball crumbs (already mixed with frosting). You just add the extra cake scraps to the top and fill in with the cake ball crumbs. Crumb coat the whole thing and cover with fondant.

 

The fondant ended up much thinner than I rolled it because gravity was dragging it down a little while I smoothed it. The cake ended up being about 15 inches high. I had a lot of seams to cover up since I was planning on painting the fondant rather than adding strips. To fill the seams I watered down some fondant and made it almost like a spackle. You can fill in seams with wet fingers to get everything smooth. Let it all dry for a couple of hours before painting.

 

This cake made me so nervous before I began, but ended up going pretty quickly with little issues. I am sure your cake will be wonderful. 

Good Luck

Sweet_Stuff_Cakery Posted 6 Feb 2013 , 9:40pm

Oh yeah,

 

Dont forget to put a dowl down the whole thing to hold it in place. The dummy really aided in the overall support.

melanie-1221 Posted 6 Feb 2013 , 10:01pm

Thank you so much! I would have never thought to do the cupcake, cake scrap topper. That is awesome! 

I'm excited to give mine a go now...

My client wants it to be " kinda crooked " so I am going to make the top funky like you did...I hope.icon_biggrin.gif

Thank you again for taking the time to help!

Sugargourmande1 Posted 13 Feb 2013 , 6:01pm

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I covered mine in the white first then added the red stripes with thinly rolled out sugarpaste ... the black was with a food-colour pen. x

jordn0007 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 5:37am

hey melin have you completed your task for this lovly dr seuss hat cake..

then please dont forget to show us ...

melanie-1221 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 12:44pm

I will be sure to post a photo as soon as it's done.

Still nervous about it.

I'll be making it March 24th.

melanie-1221 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 12:46pm
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I covered mine in the white first then added the red stripes with thinly rolled out sugarpaste ... the black was with a food-colour pen. x

Thank you! Great job ! I'm so nervous to make this cake for some reason. 

Graceann82 Posted 19 Feb 2013 , 3:06pm

A[IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/2926489/width/200/height/400[/IMG] to do the stripes on the hat I used an airbrush

melanie-1221 Posted 20 Feb 2013 , 11:53pm
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to do the stripes on the hat I used an airbrush
Great cake! I have an airbrush I need to experiment with. If I have time I'm going to give it a shot and see how I do. 
Thanks!
melanie-1221 Posted 23 Mar 2013 , 10:24pm

Thank you everyone for all of your help!

The day has come for me to make my Seuss hat and this is it...AppleMark

 

It wasn't too bad.

For anyone who comes across this post looking for guidance , I will be posting a tutorial of how I made this cake on my blog next week.

Thank you again to everyone who took the time to give me advice...every little bit helped!

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