A few of you were wondering how my birthday cake project turned out this past weekend. Little Jo Pastry, if you remember, is in a cowgirl phase at the moment. Her favorite character is Jesse from Toy Story 2. Well, I was trying to figure out what sort of cake to make for her party this weekend and finally (thanks to some excellent reader input) settled on a hat cake. Specifically one modeled on Jesse the cowgirl’s flat-top hat.
Given that these sorts of trompe l’oeil cakes aren’t really a specialty of mine, I thought it came out pretty well. The brim was nothing more than a thick piece of fondant that I rolled out, cut and left to dry while I was out of town. I propped up the edges with some magazines to give it the gentle curl of the real hat. The rest is pretty much as you see it: a slightly carved and cut-down two-layer cake covered with red fondant and decorated with a fondant hat band and laces. Looking at the picture now I can see I missed the thin edging around the very outside of the brim. Oh well, we daddies try hard but we’re not perfect. She loved it just the same.