I made this Sombrero cake for a friend's 29th birthday party. I was asked to make a cake to suit a Mexican themed surprise party that would feed 60 people. Well, that was a challenge, since I've never made a custom cake before. Here's how I did it.
I baked 2 giant chocolate chip cookies (300 degrees in the oven for 30 minutes--make sure you lower the heat and watch it!). I stacked the 2 cookies on top of each other to make the base of the hat. I then baked a cake in a bowl that someone bought from Pampered Chef to make a Barbie dress. I borrowed that bowl, and used box mix to make the top of the hat.
I ended up stacking the bowl cake on an 8 inch round cake that I made as a back-up to create height in the hat. I decorated with canned frosting and used red shoestring licorice and other candies to decorate. The chili peppers are made from sugar coated jelly candies, cut up and pressed together.
I used a 12 inch round Wilton cake pan for the base and a small stainless steel mixing bowl for the top of the Sombrero Birthday Cake. After baking and removing from pans, I inverted the cake baked in the mixing bowl on top of the large round cake (using a layer of icing to hold it secure).
About one (1) inch from the edge of the base cake use a small sharp knife to etch a circle completely around the cake. From that circle measure in two (2) inches and etch another circle. Angle your sharp knife from each etched line to cut a "V" shape into one half of the layer of cake. Remove cut out cake. This gives your cake the shape of a hat.
I simply iced the cake using a Wilton #21 star tip in vibrant colors. I found gummy chilli pepper candies to add to cake.
This cake was baked for my daughter Lesli's 30th birthday party. Guests loved it.
I made this Fiesta Sombrero Cake for my son's 7th birthday after he requested a fiesta, because he was taking Spanish language classes at school.
The bottom is a giant chocolate chip cookie. The dome part is a cake baked in a glass bowl. The wide red stripes are rolled fruit. I intended to buy just plain red rectangular shaped for this, but it had some sort of striping it it that worked well in the design. The other stripes are make from cake decorating gel.
The "ball" decorations are gumdrop candies. This cake was so easy to make, yet a big hit.
I made this cake for my cousins high school spanish teacher. Which was a day after 5 de mayo,so she wanted a fiesta themed cake. Its a chocolate cake, and Everything is made out of home made mm fondant. I Made all the decorations on top about 1 week before so that they would dry harder.The chile peppers on the side were free handed .