Graduation Cap Cake?

Decorating By Alicandra Updated 18 May 2007 , 5:55pm by feddagumdrop

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Alicandra Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 5:32pm
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Hi All -
Am very new to posting icon_smile.gif - and hope someone has a moment to share ideas - I am making a graduation cake and wanted to make a classic graduation cap - I will use the half ball pan to make the rounded cap part, but didn't know what to use (besides cardboard) for the flat part of the top of the cap. What is edible, and would hold up nicely (i.e., not get soggy and droopy) under a thin coat of buttercream and then fondant? Was thinking of using plain fondant to make the tassle, although I have seen some tassles made of royal icing too...

Thanks all! icon_rolleyes.gif

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nalyjuan Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 5:35pm
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I did a graduation cap cake for my daughter a while back and what I did was just used a sturdy piece of card stock (bought at Michael's or Joann's) and placed it on top...for the tassel I made one out of embroidery string. However, I did just for just the family here at home not to sell. I am not sure what your situation is though.

Hope that helps some.

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Ballymena Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 5:36pm
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I think a colorflow square would hold up best , not too thin. Just fasten it to the top with a bit of royal icing.

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gmcakes Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 5:41pm
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You might also consider baking a cookie square as the hat's top!

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rhondie Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 5:44pm
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I just made a cap last night. I like everything to be edible so the top part of the hat was a well baked sugar cookie. It worked great and will taste good too! I used bc for the tassle, the wilton tip#233.. I call it the grass tip. I thinned the bc so that the tassle actually hung over the top. If your going to use fondant then I would make the tassle out of that too. Have fun, and good luck!!

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MrsMissey Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 7:10pm
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Melted chocolate in the shape of a square would work too. You can also push your fondant thru a garlic press for a very realistic looking tassle.

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ljhow623 Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 10:18pm
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How do you make your tassle using a garlic press?

I am making a cap out of gumpaste and would like to know first how to make it bright red. I put the pasye coloring into the gumpaste but it comes out pink. The tassle needs to be red and black. And my black is coming out grey. I ended up painting the grey black butI know I won't be able to do that with the tassle. I would really like some suggestions.

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bikegal Posted 10 Jun 2006 , 11:53pm
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Here's a graduation cap that I just made. The mortar board is made of fondant. Tassles are made by cutting super thin strips of fondant. I also used the half ball pan. Make sure you make it ahead of time so the mortar board can dry completely.

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spottydog Posted 11 Jun 2006 , 1:34am
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I just staarted to make one and made a chocolate top. I HOPE IT HOLDS. now I need to figure out how to get it to stay!

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Hula_girl3 Posted 11 Jun 2006 , 1:49am
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KimAZ Posted 11 Jun 2006 , 4:29am
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I made the mortarboard part of the graduation cap out of chocolate candy melts. Mine wasn't very big though but I'm sure it would still work for a bigger square. Take a peek at the one in my profile.

I just spread a fairly thick layer of melted chocolate on top of a freezer paper covered square that was cut to the size I needed. Let it set up in the fridge for a bit, then carefully popped it off the cardboard and viola.
Hope that helps.

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Alicandra Posted 11 Jun 2006 , 3:00pm
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Wow -
I have to say a big THANKS to everyone who posted some tips for me!

You folks are truly a great group - I will make sure to post a pic of the final end-result!

Best regards all,

Ali in MA


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feddagumdrop Posted 18 May 2007 , 5:55pm
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I was playing around yesterday with fondant and color. I first used brown to color it, then added black. Worked the brown in first, then the black. Came out black. Might want to try the same with red, start with pink first, then use red.

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