How to Make a Baseball Hat Cake

Written by susan king
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A baseball hat cake is an impressive way to make a baseball fan happy at a party of any occasion. While it may look daunting, making a baseball hat cake is actually quite easy, and it can be decorated to match any Major League or Little League team you wish. All you need is some patience and a few insider tips to make your cake the centre of attention.

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Things you need

  • For Easy Cake:
  • Packaged cake mix or from scratch cake batter
  • 8-inch round cake pan
  • 1 1/2-quart bowl
  • 3 cups frosting
  • Food colouring
  • Liquorice strips
  • Gumdrop
  • M&Ms
  • For Challenging Cake:
  • Packaged cake mix or from scratch cake batter
  • 1 1/2-quart bowl
  • Ready-made fondant
  • Rolling pin
  • Thin cardboard - 8 in x 11 in
  • 1 cup frosting
  • Food colouring
  • Blunt tool
  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Fondant smoother

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  1. 1

    Bake the dome-shaped cake in a 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl, and bake an 8-inch round cake. Let both cakes cool completely.

  2. 2

    Trim the edges of the 8-inch round cake to match the diameter of the dome cake, It is the brim of the cap. The round cake should be cut into a crescent moon shape to fit snugly against the dome cake. Add a little frosting in the gap for "glue," and press the cakes together.

  3. 3

    Tint the frosting with food colours to match the colours of any baseball team or your favourite colours. Frost the cake with the tinted frosting. Be sure to frost as smoothly as you can.

  4. 4

    Trim the liquorice strips to fit from the bottom edge of the dome cake to the top centre. Trim very slightly shorter to leave room for the gumdrop button. Add the gumdrop in the top middle.

  5. 5

    Use the M&Ms to make a birthday child's initial or the logo from a favourite baseball team. Use all one colour of M&Ms to make a more realistic-looking letter.

  1. 1

    Bake a dome-shaped cake only using an ovenproof bowl or cake pan. Let cool completely.

  2. 2

    Frost the cake with a light layer of frosting. This frosting will be covered by the fondant, so plain white frosting is fine.

  3. 3

    Knead the fondant, available in white or colours at craft stores, to make it pliable. Add food colouring, and knead until the colour is evenly distributed.

  4. 4

    Roll the fondant to an even 1/4-inch thickness, and transfer to the top of the done cake. Lay gently over the cake, and smooth with your hands or a fondant smoother. Trim even with the bottom of the cake.

  5. 5

    Cut and shape the thin carboard into a baseball cap brim. This will be the only non-edible part of the cake. Cover the carboard with fondant and trim.

  6. 6

    Using a blunt tool, gently mark stitches and seams into the main part of the hat and the brim. Roll a small piece of fondant to make a button top, or use a plastic straw to simulate vent holes. Press the hat brim gently against the dome cake.

  7. 7

    Tint and roll additional fondant to make an initial or team logo on the hat if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • It is best to tint enough fondant for the whole cake at once, since it can be hard to match tinted fondant exactly if you need more.
  • Work as quickly as you are comfortable doing, since fondant can dry and crack. Cover any fondant that you are not using, so it won't dry out.
  • Rolling fondant too thinly can also cause cracks. Fondant that is too thick is heavy and may droop.

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