I recently started working with fondant and I have seen several baseball hat cakes and I had to try it. I made this John Deere Baseball Hat Cake by using the Wilton Soccer Ball Pan and cutting a template for the bill of the hat and cut out of fondant. I used the stitch embosser for the stitching around the bill. I used tip number 12 and 5 to make the vent holes at the top and took a piece of thread to pull across the top of the hat to make the different panels.
When I cut the bill of the hat I actually put a piece of saran wrap on one of my hubby's hats so it would dry to the correct form. The soccer pan wasn't deep enough so I will probably use an oven-safe bowl next time. After this picture was taken I steamed it a little and I loved the result. I didn't get a picture of it steamed before my family dove in to the cake.
(Excuse the icing that gooped out from under the fondant onto my board).
This Boston Red Sox cake was for my father-in-law, the ultimate Sox Fan. He absolutely loved this. I got the idea from our local library. Most libraries have cake pans in all different shapes and themes, you can take out the pan just like a book with your library card.
The key to decorating this cake, is to make sure that when you are frosting it, that the temperature in the house is cool. The underside of the cake is mostly round, and if it is warm your frosting will slide off. I just used a basic confection sugar, milk, butter, vanilla, or almond flavoring, with a few teaspoons of marshmallow fluff to give it that pristine white look.
I do not measure the ingredients anymore since I make it all the time, but the frosting should be pliable enough to squeeze through a cake decorating kit. I used pampered chef easy accent decorator, and decorator bottle set, which work really good.
I used a standard Wilton t-shirt pan and followed it up with a little extra research on-line to look at a bunch of different Milwaukee Brewers Jerseys until I saw what all the letters and numbers I needed looked like! I took a toothpick to trace out my letters and number to make sure it all looked right before committing with the frosting piping. I used the 16 star tip for most of the jersey, the 5 tip for the piping and the 4 tip for filling in the letters, number and jersey label.
My son loved it! and it only took my husband 20 minutes or so to realized that I put a "5" on the cake because that's how old he was not because that was for someone the the team. "Because you know, the Brewers don't have a number 5 on the team." Ok, honey, didn't know that and really didn't care.
My wonderful husband is a die hard cubs fan. So for his 30th Birthday I made him a Chicago Cubs Cake.
I used the Betty Crocker Bake and Fill pan. Followed the directions they give you to make a sports ball. We filled this cake with Chocolate ice cream. If I had to do it again, I would do all cake. For the ice cream not to melt, you had to keep it in the freezer. Which made the icing freeze, and we weren't fans of that. Nonetheless, it was great!
I used the Wilton gel dye to color my homemade frosting, and piped away. The Cubs Logo I did freehand. But I did use a picture of the logo for reference.
This is definitely a cake my husband will never forget!