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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How to Make a Cowboy Hat - Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Make a Cowboy Hat - Step-by-Step Instructions:

You'll need:

- gumpaste/fondant Mixture
- Small Cake (desired size of hat)
- Knive for carving
- Buttercream for frosting

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. We need to start by making the brim of the hat as this will take a day to dry. For this cake I used a gumpaste/fondant mixture (just knead a 1:1 ratio of gumpaste and fondant). If you use fondant only, it might take several days to dry.

  2. Use a real hat brim to draw a template on a poster board.

  3. Roll out your gumpaste/fondant mixture to desired thickness and cut out the brim using your board template - If you don't have a cut just cut a gumpaste/fondant circle that is larger than the cake (which is going to be center of hat). If you like use a fondant sewing wheel to mark around the edge of the brim a 'seam'.

  4. Place gumpaste/fondant brim over upside down cake to hold its curl shape. If you don't have a hat, place the gumpaste/fondant brim over a surface and lift its side by placing something under the sides to hold the curl until it dries.

  5. Use whatever size of pan to create the size of your hat. I used the small wilton oval pans for this cake (2 layers) and torted them into 4 layers to add alter layers of chocolate fudge and dulce de leche. Place on top of a cake board of same size and trim to fit the size of cake.

  6. Trim and shape your cake to look like your hat. I carved an indentation on top.

  7. Cover with frosting or buttercream.

  8. Then, cover with fondant.

  9. Once the brim is dry, place the cake on top of it.

  10. Decorate your hat to your desire. I added a fondant ribbon and bow.


Lisa said...

Hey, I appreciate the tutorial. I have to do a cowboy hat next weekend.

The Cake Stylist said...


I'm glad you like it. Let us know how your cake came out... share any pics if you can.

Thank you!!

Rita said...

Hey there, I was just wondering if you would make the cowboy hats on the cupcakes the same way? Or if I'll need to try something else?

The cake looks AMAZING by the way :)

benhell said...

I see the hat s which is a made up of a cake . I see the picture and you hard work can be seen in the picture .

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The Cake Stylist said...

The hats on the cupcakes are made of fondant. I left them dry overnight so they will harden and placed over the cupcakes the day of the party.

Michelle said...

How did you sculpt the little hats on the cupcakes? I've got to do a mini one, and I just want to make sure I do it right!