Bridal Shower Hat Box Cake

by Paula J.
(Winter Springs, FL)

Hat Box Cake

Hat Box Cake

This was my first attempt at making a hat box cake. The customer asked for green and ivory, and only asked for a big bow on top. I wanted to surprise her with flowers coming out of the box, and found out that the bride was to carry white calla lilies on her wedding day.


I made with sugar paste the flowers, leaves, pearl cross necklace, bow and decor items a week before. I then made three 12" round cakes and filled and lightly iced them with buttercreme frosting.

The top of the hatbox was made with rice krispie treat made in the same cake pan for size. Once the rice krispie was cool, I coated with with buttercreme frosting.

I had to place the cakes on a heavy duty base, and also put the rice krp on a cardboard base. When the buttercreme was dry to touch, I covered with fondant. I decorated the box and top, and placed two dowel sticks on one edge of the cake to support the "top," and two longer dowels in the middle of the cake to allow the "top" to angle up.

When placing the flowers and leaves and necklace, I had to constantly place the "top" on to make sure I had the room for the arrangement. Space between the top and flowers were filled with fondant "tissue paper." I did not place the top on the cake until I delivered it. Once the top was on, I secured the top with royal icing.

Editor's Note: Fantastic cake, Paula! Thank you for sending in a pciture as well as providing detailed instructions on how you created it.

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Feb 14, 2011
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rice krispie treat recipe
by: paula

You want to get a box of Kellog's Rice Krispie cereal and follow the directions to make the rice krispie treats. I've found that if you cook the marshmallows a bit longer than is necessary, the rice krispies will be firmer when it cools. Many times rice krispie treats will have a very soft and tender texture... we really don't want that when using it as a sculptural form!

Feb 13, 2011
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rice krispie
by: Anonymous

how to make the rice krispie?

Jan 11, 2011
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buy it
by: Jeanne

I would like to buy one and send it to WVA? Can you do that? How much? jvaughanw@aol.com
Thanks.

Apr 01, 2010
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Cake
by: Holly

This was my shower cake! It was gorgeous, and tasted amazing. Thanks for all the wonderful work you put into it. It was a total hit at my shower!

Jun 25, 2009
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Very nice!
by: Anonymous

Love the flowers!

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