In this tutorial I'll show you how to make a Mad Hatter's Hat Cake Topper. It can be used as a decoration or a top tier. If you want the hat to have cake inside, simply substitute the polystyrene with cake.
cake dummy (5 x 5 inch round)
round cutter (88 mm)
a piece of sand paper
large rolling pin
small rolling pin
small knife (plain blade)
pieces of lace (or a texturing mat)
two cake drums (size larger than the diameter of the hat)
brushes for glue
a fine painting brush (or a fine edible marker)
florist wire - #22
marker with a fine tip
green (to cover the dummy)
Fower paste (gum paste):
dark ivory (gold)
SP/FP mix* with added CMC:
green (to cover the top of the hat and to make the brim)
Dust colours (colours given in steps)
Brown or black paste colour (or a fine edible marker)
White vegetable fat (f.ex. trex)
Alcohol or rejuvenator (a few drops)
* SP = sugarpaste = fondant; FP = flower paste = gum paste; mix the two types of paste - about 5/6 sugarpaste and 1/6 flower paste)
5 inches (hight)
Use the 88 mm round cutter to trace a circle on the dummy. Make sure it's positioned in the middle.
There's a separate post about polystyrene & food safety here.
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