Here are my step-by-step instructions for making a cowboy hat cake. This particular cake was made for a coworker for her 50th birthday
- Brim template
- Butter Cream
- Cowboy hat
- Gumpaste Decorations, optional
- Oval cake
- Rolling pin
First, you need to make the brim of your hat as this will take a few days to dry. You can use either fondant or a fondant and gumpaste mixture to make the brim.
I used a real hat brim to make a template. I drew around the brim onto a large gift bag, but a shirt box or poster board would work well, also.
Roll out your fondant, and cut out the brim shape using your template.
Place something under the sides of the fondant while on the template or other sturdy item to create a curl it dries.
Use a sewing wheel to make around the edge of the brim to make seams, if you want.
Now comes the cake. You can use whichever size or shaped pans give you the type of hat you’re after. I used the Wilton small oval pans, and I used 3 layers of cake.
Trim and shape your cakes to look like your hat by creating a slope from front to back and a well down the middle of the top.
Cover in buttercream.
Cover your hat with fondant
With the fondant brim on the cake board, place your fondant covered cake on top.
Now you can decorate your hat!
To make the hat a birthday cake, I also made a gumpaste belt buckle with the birthday girl’s age on it to fit the theme.
Now you can enjoy the party! Happy Trails!