Today was my nephew Bryce's 9th birthday. He had a Fiesta! themed party complete with Zumba instructor, pinata and a Fiesta! cake.
I wasn't sure what to do for this cake when I first volunteered, but I knew it would involve bright colors and a sombrero. I also had images of chili peppers and cacti, but those didn't materialize.
I have to give my mother credit for the baking of the cake. She volunteered because I was running short on time. When I was in sixth grade, my birthday party activity was to have all of my friends decorate mini doll cakes. It was very cute, there were many different colors of icing and each girl got a cake skirt with a doll pick in it and got to decorate it and take it home. My mother also made me a doll cake as a birthday cake that year using a bundt pan and my Skipper doll's torso and head. We put her legs back on after, but she was never the same.
The point of the story is to say that because of that party almost 20 year ago, my parents own a mini doll cake pan. In our house it's known eloquently as the "boob pan." That's right, we're classy.
Anyway, she made cakes in the boob pan, a small round circle and a 9x13 sheet cake. I tunneled out the middle of the small round and used icing to stick one boob cake to it, voila - Sombrero! I put the sombrero on the sheet cake. Then I crumb coated the whole thing and put it in the fridge to harden. Decorating it was fun and the whole thing came together quite well.