Rosanna Pansino Cozy Knit Hat Cake

While you can’t wear this fun hat, it can certainly help warm your heart! Made using Rosanna Pansino’s Princess Cake Pan, this Cozy Knit Hat Cake is decorated with a variety of piping techniques, making this a great dessert for anyone looking to practice their skills. Zig-zags, shells, lines and more combine to create a design that looks like a knit pattern, then the whole thing is topped off with a fun edible pom-pom! A fun cake to make for any winter celebration, this Cozy Knit Hat Cake is one friends and family are sure to love.
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Step 1

Bake cake. Prepare Ro’s Yellow Cake Recipe following recipe instructions. Bake and cool in princess cake pans according to package directions.

Additionally, bake and cool 5 cupcakes in white cupcake liners.

Step 2

Assemble cake. Remove liners from all cupcakes. Using 1 cupcake, fill hole of cake, pushing down until level with cake. Using creamy white icing, ice cake. Reserve remaining cupcakes for later step.

Step 3

Make cake pop. In bowl, mix together remaining cupcakes with 2 tablespoons white icing. Stir until combined. Form mixture into cake ball, about 2½ in. size. Set aside.

Step 4

Tint icing. Tint 3 cups icing green using color combination provided. Combine Kelly Green and Moss Green icing colors to get green color shown. Reserve 1½ cups icing white.

Step 5

Make hat band. Prepare 16 in. decorating bag with green tip 789 and green icing. Pipe band along base of cake.

Step 6

Shape trees. Using toothpick, draw outline for tree, 3 in. wide x 3½ in. tall. Repeat evenly around cake for a total of four trees.

Step 7

Divide cake. Using toothpick, divide cake into four equal sections by drawing line from top of each tree to top center of cake. Repeat, dividing the cake into eight equal sections, then again, dividing the cake into 16 equal sections. Do not mark band.

Step 8

Fill in trees. Prepare 12 in. decorating bag with coupler and white icing. Using tip 5, fill in trees. Starting at bottom of triangles, pipe beads, working towards top, to fill in triangles. Reserve remaining icing in bag.

Step 9

Pipe cake designs. Prepare decorating bag with coupler and green icing.

Using tip 18 and bag with green icing, fill in each section of cake with zig-zags. Where zig-zag sections join, pipe vertical rows of shells, alternating directions.

Step 10

Decorate band. Prepare green icing bag with tip 12. Pipe four vertical lines on band. Switch to tip 32. Pipe two vertical lines of shells, alternating directions with tails touching in center. Repeat pattern around band until complete.

Step 11

Decorate cake. Using reserved bag with white icing and tip 5, pipe dots on zig-zag sections of cake.

Place cake ball on top of cake. Prepare white icing bag with tip 233. Pipe pull-out grass to cover cake pop.

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Rosanna Pansino Decorating Tip Set, 5-Piece (orange tip 32, pink tip 233, green tip 789 and coupler used)






The bead shape makes impressive borders outlines and accents on letters and designs; also a cute trim on clothing and gingerbread houses. The basis for making piped hearts and figure piping.

The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.

The grass tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the grass tip makes ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Our step-by-step video shows you how!

How to Make a Rosanna Pansino Knit Hat Cake
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