3D Cowboy Hat Cake

Learn how to create a simple, clean and realistic Cowboy hat cake.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a realistic 3D Cowboy Hat out of cake. The brim is created with a special method that allows you to make pastillage and let it dry in any 3D shape you wish. Finally finishing it off with a leather band and a gold buckle.

The special technique learned in this tutorial can be used to create a large variety of different sugar elements for example, a flag blowing in the wind, the sails of a ship or a magic carpet.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Cowboy Hat Cake Course Material
This PDF contains the actual size templates for the top view and the side view of the cowboy hat's cake section.

The Plan
Tools & Materials
Making the Brim
Shaping the Cake
Coating the Cake
Making the Band
Making the Buckle
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you’ve discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results.

What you will need

  • Scissors
  • Heavy rolling pin
  • Long Ruler
  • Pizza cutter
  • Palette knife
  • Plastic knife
  • Box cutter
  • “L” shaped corner tool
  • Small rectangular pushing object (15mm x 20mm)
  • Stitch marker
  • Starch (for dusting)
  • Large brush (for dusting)
  • Dry & wet towels
  • Small brush
  • Measuring tape (flexible)
  • 2 knives in hot water
  • Needle (to remove air bubbles)
  • Fondant smoother
  • Round cake board (9mm thick, 45cm diametre, covered with material and cellophane sheet
  • Black ribbon (1 inch thick)

Recipes & Ingredients


  • 3 x 50mm x 150mm, dark mud cake sponge
  • Hard shortening (very small amount)


  • 650g Pastillage
  • 1kg rolling fondant
  • 1kg Dark chocolate ganache
  • 100g dark modelling chocolate
  • Edible gold powder (very small amount)
  • Cooking oil (very small amount)
  • Oil spray
  • Deep tray filled with starch


  • Printed blueprints and guides (download below)


  • Have a wet and dry hand towels to clean knives, blades and cutters regularly to consistently achieve clean cuts. Also be sure to clean the table with your wet towel, and than the dry towel each time you are about to roll out any pastillage. Use a bit of shortening or vegetable fat to prevent the pastillage from sticking to the table.
  • This is art, and no method or technique is set in stone. This is why we recommend you watch the entire tutorial first before you start gathering all the things in the list above. You may think of ways you might substitute tools or techniques with your own ideas.


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