In case you are not one of the 6.5 million people who already know, Lilly Singh, otherwise known as IISuperwomanII (find her channel here!) is a comedian who has a hugely popular YouTube channel. AND it’s her birthday this week, so I decided to make a CAKE in her honour. We Canadian girls have to stick together ;) I made a tie dyed vanilla cake using purple, yellow and teal cake batter. The cake is a replica of one of Lilly’s famous baseball caps that reads SUPER across the front - because she is. Duh. Oh, and wait until you see the surprise inside!
Let's Make A Baseball Cap Cake!
For the Tie Dye Cake
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x 4lb portion Vanilla Cake - find my recipe here
8” round stainless steel bowl
8” round circle of parchment paper
Chefmaster Violet gel coloring
Chefmaster Lemon Yellow gel colouring
Wilton Teal Icing Colour
Divide your vanilla cake batter into three equal portions. Dye one portion purple, one portion yellow, and the final portion teal. Make sure to add enough food colouring to achieve deeply coloured batter. I used about a teaspoon of each colour.
Fold your parchment paper circle in half, and then a quarter. With your scissors, cut halfway down the folded lines from the outside in. Then make three more cuts in the same fashion in the area between the folded lines. When you unfold your circle, you should have sixteen cuts.
Line your stainless steel bowl with your parchment circle. Secure it to the bowl with some shortening, and make sure to grease any exposed stainless steel heavily.
This is where the fun begins! Weigh out a 1/2lb of each colour of batter. Pour the purple batter into your lined stainless steel bowl. Carefully pour the yellow batter into the center of the purple batter. Then pour the teal batter into the center of the yellow batter.
Now weigh out a 1/2lb of each colour batter once again. Repeat the pouring process in the same order, making sure to always pour into the center of the last colour of batter.
Pour the remaining portions of each colour of batter in the same pattern again. You should see six concentric rings of colour when you look down into your bowl. Don’t worry- it will bake in tie dye pattern. I promise.
Bake your cake at 350º for 1hr and 40min or when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let your cake cool completely.
Turning Your Tie Dye Cake Into A Hat!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x recipe Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
Small serrated knife
3” oval cutter
3” round circle cutter
¼ cup White Candy Melts
1 cup star candies
Small offset spatula
1½ lbs black fondant
Once you are happy with your carved baseball cap, we can create a space to hide our candy surprise! With your cake flat side up, use a 3” round cutter to cut into the middle of the cake. Remove the circle of cake by cutting down along the mark with a sharp paring knife. Pull out the cake, which should look like a cone.
Melt your white candy melts and brush the chocolate into the opening of cake, to lock all the crumbs in place. Make sure your chocolate is set before filling the hole with candy.
Ice the cake area around the candy surprise with a thin layer of buttercream and secure your cake board to the bottom. Then flip the whole cake over and give it a nice crumb coat. Place the cake in the fridge to chill. Then ice your cake once again, and chill it for a half and hour. To remove any ridges in your buttercream, wet your hands and smooth them out gently by rubbing your fingertips over them.
Creating Your Baseball Cap Details
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
Sculpting tool with ribbed point
Ribbed pointed sculpting tool
String or twine
#803 round piping tip
Fabric measuring tape
White corn syrup
Small paint brush
Non stick board
Non stick gumpaste rolling pin
Once your cake is covered in black fondant, its time to turn it into a hat! Measure the circumference of your cake. Divide your measurement evenly into six parts, and make small marks at the base of your cake. Then find the center of the top of your hat. Use your measuring tape, in both directions, over the top of your cake, and mark the center.
Marking Our Fabric Panels
Watch this extra SURPRISE VID to guide you through the detailing of your hat cake!
Time to play connect the dots! Use your string to mark an indentation between the mark at the base of the front of your cap, and the mark at the base of the back. Make sure that your string is straight, and runs across the mark you made at the top centre of your cake. Then gently press the string into your cake to leave an indentation. Do the same to connect the four marks at the base of your cake in a crisscross pattern.
Use your sculpting tool or a ruler to indent these lines further. Take your time and work slowly. Now run your overstitch wheel on either side of all the indents in your hat to create the stitch pattern.
Creating Your Air Conditioning Holes
This hat needs air conditioning….at least that’s what I think those little holes are for. Mark 6 holes at equal height in the middle of each fondant panel.
Roll out a thin piece of fondant, and cut out 6 circles with your #803 piping tip. Use your pointed and ribbed sculpting tool and press down into the circle with the tip in the middle. Lift and press down again, making your way around the circumference of the circle. You want to give the circle the appearance of several lines of thread. Repeat this pattern on the remaining five circles.
Your circles will now be a little out of shape, but don’t worry, just sharpen up their shape with your #803 piping tip once again.
Add your circles to the six marks you made on your hat within each panel. Adhere them with a tiny bit of water on the back. Redefine the hole in the middle by pressing your sculpting tool into it.
Making a Top Button Nub
Roll a small ball of black fondant in your hand, and flatten it slightly. Stick it to the center mark on the top of your hat with a tiny bit of water and press down.
Let's Make It A SnapBack
Roll out some black fondant and cut a 8” x ¾ ” strip. Add stitch detail along the entire perimeter with your overstitch wheel. Cut 2” off the strip and fold onto itself with the stitch detail on the outside. Then fold the remaining 6” of the strip in the same way.
Use the medium square cutter to cut out 2 squares of black fondant. Use the smallest square cutter to cut an inner square out of both of your squares. Cut off one end of each square with a sharp paring knife.
You should now have two very square U shaped pieces. These will be the loops between the two straps of your snapback.
Attach both folded strips of fondant to either side of the nook at the back of your hat with a little water. Insert your square loops into the openings of both straps at their folds, both on top and bottom.
Creating You Brim
Before making the brim of my hat I added a little CMC to my black fondant. This helps it to dry out by making it stiffer.
Create a template for yourself by using a real baseball cap. Press the brim down flat onto a piece of thin cardboard- I used a cake box. Cut out the shape.
Brush a light layer of white corn syrup onto one side of your cardboard template. Roll out your now CMC altered black fondant and cover that piece of cardboard. Trim off the excess fondant.
Flip your cardboard over and apply another thin layer of corn syrup to the other side. Roll out another piece of your fondant and cover you cardboard on the exposed side. Smooth the edges all around, and trim away the excess fondant.
Lay your fondant brim onto the inside of the brim of a real baseball cap to dry. You can protect your hat with some plastic wrap. I made my brim two days in advance.
Once your brim is set, and the rest of your hat is completed, roll out a thin piece of black fondant to cover the top of your brim once again. Cut away the excess.
Line up your brim and center it with the two front panels of the hat. Using your overstitch wheel once again, add 3 lines of stitching to the brim. Make sure to line the stitching up with the stitching of the panels on the hat.
Make It SUPER!
Print yourself out a template of the word SUPER (or whatever word you want to write on your hat) and cut the letters out with an Xacto knife. Then roll out your gumpaste thinly, and cut each letter out with the help of your template and your Xacto knife.
Use the paper stencil left behind from the letters you cut out to help you place your letters and align them on the front of your cap. Glue the gumpaste letters on with a tiny bit of water brushed on the back.
I find it helpful to lay the middle letter down first, and then work your way out. Make sure to center your P on the front seam of the hat.
This hat is SUPER! At least, I think it is. From the groovy tie dye vanilla cake inside, to the sleek stylish look of this baseball cap. Oh, and the surprise inside was totally worth the wait! I filled this baseball cap cake with star candies because IISuperwomanII Lilly Singh sure is a star!