Wondering why someone requested a sombrero cake? It might have been all my idea. I was told the flavor and then I could do whatever “design” I wanted, but it had to be a cake. For once I was at a complete loss. I had nothing to go off of. After exhausting a few ideas, I started to look into “Mexican themed” cakes because the dinner would be at a Mexican restaurant. One google image search led me to sombreros. When I was growing up, my mom made me a Barbie cake pretty much every year- her skirt was the cake, and then you stuck a Barbie in the top so it looked like a big Barbie doll. Well my mom still had that cake pan. Idea: use the skirt mold as the crown of the hat, and a big circle pan for the brim.
Fortunately both cakes baked like they were supposed to and all that was left was to assemble them and frost it. I mean that sounds like a lot to do, but I breathe a lot easier when the cake is flipped out of the pan and cooled off. I wasn’t entirely sure how to tackle putting this cake together, but I decided to frost the “brim” and then add the top part. It might have been easier to just put a thin layer between the top and bottom and then frost it all at once…but the way I did it worked. And don’t worry, I went back and smoothed out the bottom layer.
Piping decorations onto the hat was actually pretty easy. I used the flat part of the “brim” to write Happy Birthday (or should I say, Feliz Cumpleanos). I chose bright colors because, well sombreros are known for being wonderfully bright and tacky. After I took the final picture, I did add more of a hat band in a fuchsia color. But my camera died so there is no photographic evidence of that. Oops.
I thought the cake would be too big for the number of people I was told, but there wasn’t any leftover cake. I couldn’t really control the size of the cake due to the cake pans…it had to be what it was! I ended up using a 14″ cake pan for the brim…any smaller and I don’t think it would have been wide enough. Ole!