Urgent: Graduation Cap From Hard Sugar. Is It Doable?

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Sue9069 Posted 6 Jun 2012 , 1:08pm
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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.


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akaivyleaf Posted 6 Jun 2012 , 1:30pm
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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.

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KatieKake Posted 6 Jun 2012 , 2:00pm
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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.

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BakingIrene Posted 6 Jun 2012 , 2:59pm
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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.

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Sue9069 Posted 6 Jun 2012 , 3:09pm
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I don't want the rounded part solid. It would probably sink! icon_lol.gif 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.

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