Rocky33 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:36am
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Hi!  I have been asked to create a cake to a 'hat's off' theme.  I want to make the hat suspended above the main cake, like it's being 'tipped' if you know what I mean.  It's a zoo-themed cake, so an elephant trunk would be holding & 'tipping' the hat.

 

I've searched & searched, & I've found lots of topsy-turvy & wedge type tutorials, but I don't want to have to hide anything under the hat.  I want the support to be in the elephant trunk & the cake to have nothing under it.  Am I making any sense here?  I'm trying to copy the picture of the invitation.  It's for a big honor that our zoo director won, so that's why the 'hat's off' theme for the awards ceremony.

 

So I'm thinking some kind of L-bracket? Ugh---I wish I'd gone to school for structural engineering.  Who knew it was necessary for cake decorating?!?

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-K8memphis Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 1:07pm
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think pvc pipe for plumbing--endless configurations can be made--secured into the bottom cake board with a flange screwed into the bottom board--pvc reaching up from that to form the trunk and disguising the platform for the hat--however you need it to be--draw a skeleton of the cake--make the skeleton out of plumbing parts--then place the cakes onto the structure--you can get your hands on lots of plumbing products at a home store like lowe's or home depot to get the feel for what you can do--you're right it's quite an undertaking--good luck

Rocky33 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:12pm
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Thank you so much, K8!  Yes, I had planned on using PVC, but my quandary is how to attach the plate the cake will sit on.  I can't go through it like with a topsy-turvy cake.  The support has to be all to the side & yet be strong enough to hold the weight of the hat.  It won't be very big or heavy.  That's why I was thinking L-bracket, so it would be almost like a shelf protruding from a wall, but I don't know how that would attach to PVC.  I'm going to Home Depot today to try to get some help.  

-K8memphis Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:46pm
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i would just cut a hole toward the edge of a plastic cake plate and slide the hole onto an appropriate pvc fitting--glue, screw and fasten it all secure

 

however--you're gonna have to watch the balance of this--the hat will probably need to be suspended over the bulk of the cake

 

 

in other words i think you will have a much greater degree of difficulty if the hat tips over away from his body toward the left of the picture--if you have it suspended over his head back to the right--i think it will be much easier--it's own weight could pull the whole thing down if you're not careful--

 

take a little artistic license and my suggestion is keep it balanced over the bulk of the cake--

 

best of the best to you--sounds like fun

Lynne3 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:48pm
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CAN YOU POST THE INVITE PICTURE SO OTHERS CAN REALLY HELP YOU

Rocky33 Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 1:10am
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You guys are awesome---thank you for helping!  Here it is:

 

 

 

 

I did it!  LOL!  Had to figure that one out.  

 

All I want to do is the trunk of the elephant, not the whole head.  I am doing a 10" round cake with zoo scenes on it, & want the hat to be hovering over it, held by the trunk to the side of the cake.  Here is a PITIFUL sketch. I STINK at drawing, so please go easy on me. I am embarrassed for anyone to see one of my sketches!  The top is my vision of the finished cake, & the bottom is what I was thinking with the structure.

I went to Lowe's today, & bought some L-brackets, flat brackets & screws.  I was thinking of driving the bottom of the L-bracket down into the top of the PVC, & then screwing a masonite cake board to it, reinforced by a flat bracket on the top side.  Does that make sense?

-K8memphis Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 12:05pm
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i'd recommend a plastic or foam core board-- masonite is heavy

 

l-bracket might be fine--i never used one--

 

i think i'd have a foam piece ready to substitute for the hat cake just to have that back up plan in place if needed

 

and watch the balance--you should be great

 

and when you say  'driving down' the l-bracket do you mean screw it down?

Rocky33 Posted 2 Oct 2013 , 11:45pm
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Thanks K8!  I was thinking I would drive one end of the L down into the middle of the PVC & then screw it in to secure it.  Good idea about the foam piece. Worst case scenario, I'll just put the hat on top of the cake, as I discussed initially with the client, but if I can pull this off it will be an epic surprise!  I just don't want it to be an epic fail!  LOL!

-K8memphis Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 12:33am
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i think you have a solid game plan -- you should be golden

 

and one always learns so dang much doing these out of the (hat) box creations ;)

 

not to mention that only an epic risk has the potential to bring an epic success too

 

love to see a picture if you like your results--no pressure--

 

best of luck and positive epic-ness

Rocky33 Posted 3 Oct 2013 , 4:05am

Thank you K8!  I love your positive vibes!!!  I need all the good vibes I can get!  :-)

Rocky33 Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 12:54am

Here's the finished cake  It worked BEAUTIFULLY!!!  Thank you for all your help & suggestions.  It turned out even better than I hoped!

 

 

 

 

 

IAmPamCakes Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 1:09am

AGreat job! That's a cool cake!

-K8memphis Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 1:10am

w.o.w.

 

brilliant work, rocky--i love it--you did a great job

 

epic

Rocky33 Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 1:14am

Thank you!  I am proud as a peacock!  This was a HUGE challenge but it turned out well.  It was a total surprise & the zoo staff went BONKERS!  The whole party setup stopped as every staff member gathered around to take pictures!  :-)  The zoo is near & dear to my heart, so it did my heart good to make them so happy!

-K8memphis Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 1:52am

epicness

 

so happy for you

 

nothing like a sweet cake high

 

you nailed it

soldiernurse Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 2:48am

A:o WOW ;-D

MeghanKelly Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 3:29am

WOW That is an amazing cake!!!!

Rocky33 Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 3:39am

Thank you!  :D

SecretAgentCakeBaker Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 5:56am

AYour cake looks great! Fun design.

Rocky33 Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 3:50pm

Thank you!  cute name, Secret Agent!  ;-D

Gees Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 3:53pm

Awesome!

CC is a great team! :D

howsweet Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 4:37pm

That is pretty awesome! Did you happen to take a pic of your support structure before adding cake?

Rocky33 Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 5:00pm

I remembered just after I started wrapping it with modeling chocolate, but here are a couple!   I used a metal flange to bolt to the board (screws pulled out, had to go get bolts!)  Then I used a PVC adapter, & the 3/4" PVC with 2 45-degree joints, & I created a 'curve' in the top of the trunk with RKY because I didn't like how straight up & down it was.  I screwed an L-bracket to the outside of the PVC, driving the screws all the way through.  I then screwed another support bracket on top of the masonite cake board to 'sandwish' it & create stability.  I hope that makes sense!

 

 

 

howsweet Posted 11 Oct 2013 , 7:48pm

So cool! Thanks for posting that. The zoo folks must have been positively thrilled.

JaeRodriguez Posted 12 Oct 2013 , 3:01pm

Aoh my goodness That cake is adorable, and the work behind it is awesome! :)

Rocky33 Posted 12 Oct 2013 , 3:15pm

Thank you so much!  :)

savannahquinn Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 12:26pm

Great Cake! 

Claire138 Posted 13 Oct 2013 , 12:32pm

Gorgeous cake.

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