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Topic: making a graduation cap out of fondant
sweets9681 07/09/2011 12:14 PM
I was thinking of either making a big graduation cap and putting it on top of a cake of maybe making a small graduation cap to put on the cake. Any suggestions on how to do this with fondant?

Also what do you guys think would look best. A 12" round with a 8" round on top or a 12" round with a 6" round on top?
bakingatthebeach 07/09/2011 1:38 PM
Here is the one I did for my daughter. I took rice krispy treats and molded them inside of one of those brown custard bowls then covered with fondant, cut a square out of gumpaste and let it dry, I have an airbrush so I airbrushed the whole thing black, used Wiltons extruder thingy and made the tassle.
Bella Daisy Cakes 07/09/2011 2:13 PM
Pretty cake.
sweets9681 07/09/2011 3:03 PM
That cake is gorgeous! I still get confused when to use fondant and when to use gumpaste. Could I use fondant for all the hat????
scubabaker 07/09/2011 3:14 PM
Gumpaste dries faster and a bit stronger than fondant. I made my son's graduation cap using a 50/50 mix of fondant and gumpaste to cover the RKT cap and for the mortar board. If you want to use all fondant, I would suggest kneading in a fair amount of tylose powder to help with the drying process. In any case, you'll want to allow LOTS of time for the mortar board to dry. I gave mine a week and flipped it over once every day or so to make sure both sides dried equally.
bakingatthebeach 07/10/2011 9:02 AM
I dont know if the flat part of the cap will be stiff enough using fondant. I let that square dry over night and it was pretty solid by morning. I make a little "glue" out of pieces of gumpaste, you add warm water a little at a time til it is dissolved and thick, then I use that to attach the pieces.
bakingatthebeach 07/10/2011 9:04 AM
I agree with scuba, cut it out a couple of days ahead if your using gumpaste and then flip it over the next day to let the bottom get good and dry.
bakingatthebeach 07/10/2011 9:07 AM
I use fondant for anything that might get eaten (gumpaste tastes nasty), If I need it to be a little stiffer i mix the gumpaste and fondant half and half, anything I really need to hold its shape (like the mortar on the hat) I use straight gumpaste cause it dries faster and gets really hard. Its really to each his own, if you think you can make something out of fondant and it will hold, do it, you will learn by trial and error!
Bella Daisy Cakes 07/10/2011 12:17 PM
It might be a good idea to do an experiment, beforehand, rather on the real deal.