This was one of those cakes that really comes together at the last step. I wasn’t sure as I was making it but once all the pieces were in place it looked awesome!
I made the base of the cowboy hat ahead of time using fondant and gum paste so it would dry and hold it’s shape. I didn’t use a pattern for this I just looked at lots of cowboy hat photos and made it up as I went along. I decided I would use 6” round pans for the hat part so I placed one on a large sheet of parchment paper and drew a large oval around it. I rolled out the fondant/gum paste and trimmed to match the oval, I then placed it on a large cooling rack to allow air to circulate underneath and used a few small kitchen towels rolled up underneath the edges to create the curve. Once it had dried a few days I turned it over to make sure the bottom was dry as well. It took about a week for me to feel comfortable moving it.
For the top of the hat I stacked 6” rounds and carved out the shape at the top and covered with fondant. Once I placed the cake on the base, I just smiled. It looked so cool. A small band of black around the base and some lettering and it was done!
The cupcakes were strawberry and chocolate with raspberry filling and a 1M vanilla buttercream swirl. Each cupcake had a chocolate topper of either a cowboy hat, cowboy boot or rocking horse.
The stand is from The Cupcake Tower and it’s one of my new favorite displays for cupcakes!
This was Britton headed for cupcakes…