Feb 2, 2009
Fire Helmet Cake Brim
Working quickly, and with dry fingertips (I always dust my hands with cornstarch so the fondant doesn't stick to ME), I smoothed around the scrolls then I went back over them and used a fondant smoothing tool to define them. I trimmed the excess fondant using a pizza wheel, using the cake board as my guide. I then trimmed around the entire brim with about a 1" strip of fondant (half inch on top and half folded under the bottom, all the way around) However, I learned by doing a second fire helmet cake that it is easier to cut the brim about a half inch wider than the cake board all the way around and then just "roll" the edges inward creating the ridge. (see, this is why you should read my blog, to avoid the mistakes I've made LOL)
Although I made the brim about 1 week prior to the cake assembly, in hindsight, I would have made it first, giving it plenty of time to dry. (a full two weeks) It did crack a bit around the trim but I was able to repair it ok once I assembled the cake. In fact, the second (black) helmet that I made I did just that. I made it a full 2 1/2 weeks ahead of cake assembly day and I stored it in one of those big plastic under the bed containers (a clean empty one of course) I left it on my desk with the lid propped open to allow for good air flow. On cake assembly day, I grabbed the top two corners of the saran wrap and wiggled it under itself and gently pulled (peeled?) it from underneath the brim to remove it. Because I had dusted the press and seal wrapped foam with cornstarch, when it was time to transfer it to the cake the brim slid right off.
Part 1- Fire Chief's Helmet Cake
Part 2- Fire Helmet Cake Brim
Part 3- Fire Helmet Cake Eagle
Part 4- Fire Helmet Cake Shield & Bugles