This was my first attempt at making a cowboy hat cake. The oval cakes were covered in fondant with a fondant sausage on the top of the cake (under the top layer of fondant) to create the top design of the hat. The fondant/gumpaste outer rim of the cake was made a few days prior to allow for drying. The brown rope border is also fondant. Thanks to everyone here for all of your help with this cake.