This is the third cake I've done so I'm no master at it but it was a lot of fun making this cowboy cake. This cake was inspired for my son's 2nd birthday party: a pony ride party at a horse farm! I had some ideas but checked the web and got some other cool ideas from people posting pics, so thanks to you if you think my cake resembles something you did.
I used butter cream icing, but cheated this time and got good results from Wilton's box icing and saved a little time. This was my wife's idea because last year she helped by making all the butter cream icing from scratch, she now hates powdered sugar! Also used Wilton's fondant and just kneaded in the color.
Here are my tips: #1: use no-taste red and make this icing the day before. The red seems to darken overnight whereas it looked light red while making it. #2: to attach the fondant "spots" i lightly wet the back and then placed it to help it stick to the butter cream icing. #3: i cut the fondant banner and let it dry on a cooling rack to get slightly stiff. then i put the cake pan on a dish towel and set the banner how i wanted it around the pan, the towel helped the banner not slide so it could dry more and take the shape i wanted around the cake. #4: i made the rope from fondant and used it to make a platform for the horse/rider so it wouldn't sink into the cake.
I disguised a "2" as a brown spot and also on the back of the cake in the bandanna design.
My daughter's 3rd birthday was a cowgirl party, so of course I had to make her a homemade cowgirl hat cake!
For the hat, I used (3) 8 inch round cakes… I used Wilton's cake release all over the pan before pouring in the batter (make sure to cool it COMPLETELY before attempting to remove from pan). I then put them in the freezer (frozen cakes are easier to work with and cut). I placed them on top of each other (using icing in between the layers).
I cut the top to resemble the top portion of a cowboy hat and did a dirty layer of icing (Wilton's buttercream) all over the cake. I then used MMF (marshmallow fondant) dyed with Wilton's icing dye and placed it over the top of the cake, using a smoother and a play-dough rolling pin to get it in all the creases.
For the brim, I rolled out some dyed MMF to about ¼ inch (as thin as you can get it or it won't set). I took my DDs hat, and using a mixing bowl to steady it, turned it upside down. I put wax paper over the whole brim and laid the MMF over the wax paper, trimming around the sides to get it exact… I let this dry for 2 days.
For the base, I used a roasting pan (the only pan large enough to accommodate a life size cake hat) and baked 2 sheet cakes, layering them. I used Wilton's buttercream icing to ice the cake and I placed the brim on top, with the hat resting on the brim.