This is a Derby Hat Cake that I made for a friend who requested a cake for his mother's 65th birthday party. She enjoys the races, and her party was in the middle of the derbies. I decided to go with a derby hat.
The cake itself is chocolate with white buttercream layers. I used an 8" round cake pan, which I crumb coated, refrigerated, and carved into a rounded shape. The exterior is white buttercream covered in marshmallow fondant. This was my first attempt at a bow. That was MMF also. The roses were made from almond buttercream.
The brim of the hat is simply the cake board covered in fondant. It is a 1/2" thick circle. I used royal icing to pipe in some decorative edging on the hat's brim. The cake was a little small for the party so instead of making it larger (I thought it would have lost some of the cuteness). I offset it with cupcakes with a smooth frosting and a buttercream rose on top, matching the roses on cake.
This was a Straw Hat cake for my niece's birthday (which falls near Easter.) She had no special requests, so I just did one that I wanted to try. This is a 9 inch round topped with half a ball pan cake. I used brown butter cream in a basket weave pattern.
I had never done a basket weave before and found that it wasn't that hard and actually very forgiving (it didn't have to be very precise to look good).
The sunflower is done with chocolate icing piped in dots on a Carr's wheat cracker, place on the cake and them surrounded by yellow petals done with a leaf tip. I added small white flowers with a flower tip and a band of frosting around to look like a ribbon.
It was fairly simple to do and turned out really cute.
I started this Hat Cake by using a 12 inch round cake pan for the bottom of the cake. For the top, I used a 5 inch stainless mixing bowl. After baking, I simply removed the cake from the mixing bowl and placed in on top the center of the round cake using icing to hold it in place.
I used a Wilton star tip for the entire cake and flowers. I did go back and at dots to the flower centers and hat.
For my daughter's 9th birthday, we had a tea party with her friends and their mothers. I made her a hat cake.
I used scalloped butter cookies dipped in vanilla bark to do the brim. I baked the dome part in a glass bowl. I used the star tip to apply icing. I put a ribbon around it and silk flowers.They aren't pictured.