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Yee-haw! Texas has given us some amazing food, culture, and most importantly - Beyonce! But for this Texas Cake, I knew I wanted to go big. Everything’s bigger in Texas! I’m caking a stars and stripes cowboy hat!

 


Where Do I Buy My Ingredients & Tools??

I'm about as far from a cowgirl as they come. I don't even like to go out an wrangle my caking ingredients! To make my supplies easier for you to find, I've listed them all in a shoppable format for you right here

 

Making The Brim.  

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

1 3/4 lbs Gum Paste

Icing Sugar

Rolling Pin

Oval Template

Pins

Vegetable Shortening

Paring Knife

2 x Square Cake Pans

Foam or Paper Towel


Note: I highly recommend making this component at least a week ahead, as it takes quite a long time to set. I let mine set for a week, and the bottom still never got fully dry.


Roll out your gum paste to slightly thinner than ¼ inch thick. I made a template by tracing the brim of a cowboy hat onto a parchment paper. I laid the template onto my gum paste and held it in place with some pins. Cut out with a sharp paring knife.

 

   


To get the brim to fold up accurately, I greased the sides of two square cake pans, gently curved up both sides of the brim, and let it rest between them.

 

      



Baking Your Cake.

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

4 lbs Yo’s Ultimate Vanilla Cake - find my recipe here

1 x container Wilton Christmas Red

½ Container of Wilton Red Red

2 x 8” Round Cake Pans

7” Round Cake Pan


Prepare your vanilla cake batter according to my recipe here. Pour 1 ½ lbs into a 8” round pan. Dye the remaining batter red, and divide 1 ½ lbs into your second 8” pan, and 1 lb into your 7” cake pan. Bake for 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in their pans.




 

Icing The Cake.

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

Simple Syrup - find my recipe here

Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here

Serrated Knife

Ruler

Small Serrated Knife

Small Icing Spatula

Small Offset Spatula


Remove all of your cakes from their pans. Level them and remove caramelization from the bottom. Cut both 8” round cakes in half horizontally, and cut one layer from the 7” round cake.  All of my cake layers were ¾” thick. Give all of your cakes a simple syrup shower, allowing the syrup to soak in completely.

 

      


 Fill your cakes with buttercream, alternating cake layer colours as you stack: red, vanilla, red, vanilla, red. Chill for 10 minutes to allow the buttercream to set.

 


Once chilled, carve your cake stack into a cowboy hat shape. I made templates for myself by tracing the head hole of a cowboy hat onto parchment paper.  I also trace the top of the hat, making marks where the indents will go.


I actually flipped my cake and used my template to carve the oval base, and then flipped it back. Then I carved the top of the hat, and using a small serrated knife and template for the oval on top. Using a real hat (or a photo) as a guide, carve cake away from the sides. This also helps to remove the caramelization from the sides of your cake. Once you’re happy with your shape, go back and carve the indents on the top of the hat, and taper it gently toward the back.

 

      


Give your cake a crumb coat, and chill it to set the buttercream. Bring it back out of the fridge, and give it a smooth ice with your buttercream. Return to fridge.

 


Covering The Cake.  

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

1 1/2 lbs Blue Fondant

Wilton Cornflower Blue Icing Color

Wilton Black Icing Color

Rolling Pin

Icing Sugar

Fondant Smoother

Paring Knife


Retrieve your cake from the fridge after the buttercream is set, and smooth out any remaining ridges in the buttercream.


Knead some Wilton Cornflower Blue and Wilton Black Icing Color into your blue fondant to deepen the colour. Roll your fondant out to ⅛ inch thick, and ensuring that you are rolling a slab large enough to cover your hat cake.

 

      


Drape your fondant over your cake quickly and carefully. As you’re smoothing your fondant onto your cake, you may trap some air in the indents. Have a pin ready to release any air, and smooth out the bubbles down away from the indents.

 



Decorating The Cake.  

Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:

1 lb White Fondant

1 lb Red Fondant

#805 Round Piping Tip

#12 Round Piping Tip

Clear Piping Gel

Brush

MAKIN'S PROFESSIONAL® ULTIMATE CLAY EXTRUDER®

Vegetable Shortening

Overstitch Wheel

Star Cutter Set

Fabric Measuring Tape

 

Roll out a slab of red fondant, and a slab of white fondant. Cut them into ¾ inch strips. Brush some clear piping gel into the hat brim, and alternate the stripes. Starting in the centre, and working your way out on either side, apply your stripes.

 

      


I also added stripes to the visible part of the underside of my brim, trying to line them up with the stripes on the top.

 


Once the brim is complete, cut some stars out of white fondant in two sizes. Alternate them along the bottom of the hat, again applying with a little bit of piping gel.

 

      

 

Along the side of the hat brim, I put blue fondant through my clue extruder with a big, half moon faceplate. This should leave you with a ¼ inch tube of blue fondant. Attach this to the brim with a bit of piping gel, with the flat side of the half moon to the brim. Use your overstitch wheel along the inside top of the brim.

 

      


Carefully pick up your cake, and place it onto the brim. Try to centre it as best you can.

 


To make a little rope for your hat, prepare your clay extruder with a small round faceplate. Run your red, white, and blue fondant through the extruder to create three thin tubes. Glue the tubes together in a triangle formation with a bit of piping gel, and then twist it into a rope. I would recommend making four of these just in case of breakage.

 

      


Then I made some grommets out of a little bit of yellow gum paste. I rolled out my gum paste, and used a round cutter and piping tip to cut the interior and exterior circles. Brush them with a little bit of vegetable shortening, and then with gold luster. Place your grommets onto the brim of the hat. Take your rope, and string it from grommet to grommet, as if it’s entering the grommet hole.

 

      


Add another two ropes where the rope would have been coming out from under the hat. Finish it off with another couple of pieces to look as though the two ropes had been knotted together.