Bought the book a few months ago, love the recipes and ideas in the book. Definitely worth the money. Being new to cake decorating, I refer to it all the time. Anyway, here's the directions, somewhat lengthy.
1. Cut the shape of a hat brim out of lightweight cardboard (cake box). Template measures: 6 1/4" length x 4 3/4" wide. Shape the cardboard into a curved form place it on empty paper towel roll to hold shape.
2. Dye 10oz gumpaste navy blue. Roll out 8oz, 1/8" thick to fit over template. Trim away excess gum paste where the brim joins the hat.
3. Place on template, using a stitching tool, make 6 lines, 1/4" apart along the edge of the brim. (Easier to have an actually cap for reference). Let dry for 2 days.
4. Roll out green fondant to 1/8" thick and cover cake base.
1. (Directions say to bake 3-9" cake pans. After sculpting I had only needed 2 cakes, took that much off!)
2. Make frosting
3. Place on round cardboard, stack and fill layers. Freeze for 1 hr.
4. Sculpt cake to look like an upside-down bowl (I thought it was a little more oval shaped than a bowl). For extra detail, carve a hole, approx 2 1/4" wide, 1 1/2" high, 2" deep, in the back for the adjustable strap. cut away any cardboard showing.
5. To add dimension, cut away a few slivers near the top of hat. When covered with fondant it will look like dents in the fabric. The carved cake should be approx. 7 1/4" front to back, 3 3/4" tall. Crumb coat cake.
6. Dye 1 1/2# fondant navy blue (match the gum paste). Roll 1/4" thick, place on cake. Make sure to apply fondant to back of cake where the head strap will go and trim bottom edge carefully.
7. Attach cake to base. Remember to leave room for the brim.
8. using paring knife or scalpel, score hat into 8 sections, don't cut all the way through. Start front to back, side to side, 2 diagonal lines that crisscross in the middle. Then on both sides on the line, use stitching tool to make stitching marks.
9. To make the rivots on the top of the hat use #802 tip to create holes then use tip #3 to make smaller holes inside the first hole.
10. Roll out marble sized ball of gum paste for buttom on top on hat. Use water to attach.
11. Roll out navy gum paste 1/16" thick to form head strap. Cut strip 4 1/2" long and 3/4" wide. Divide strip into 2 pieces: 2" and 2 1/2" long. Round end of 2" piece and place rounded end on top of other piece, attach with a dab of water. Using tips again, make rivots on strap. Using water, attach ends of strap to inside of the hole in the back of hat. Use stitching tool to go along the outside of the hole.
13. Roll extra navy fondant into a ball and place in center front of hat on cake base. Will act as support for the brim. (Didn't do this, not necessary).
14. Release brim from cardboard, attach to hat with water, pressing the brim gently into the hat. Create stitched line where brim meets hat to look like seam. (I had to cut a opening in the fondant to slide brim into the hat, then stitched a seam line into the fondant, over the brim.)
15. She used a yellow star symbol and created stitch marks on the edge of the star. ( I used a #2 cookie cutter, sons 2nd birthday).
16. Attach ribbon to cake base.
Don't mind my amateur version of this cake, I thought pics would be a little easier to understand. I regreted the grass around the hat, it looks like hair!
Let me know if I need to clarify anything. Have fun and Enjoy!
By the way, remarks in () are my tidbits, not from the book