I loved making this cake from start to finish. From researching for ideas to the finished creation. I hadn’t heard of Valentino Rossi before being asked to make this cake, so the first thing I did was to search Pinterest for ideas and inspiration.
I looked at both cake ideas and also the merchandise site where I found lots of inspiration from the many different caps on view. My customer gave me a brief of what she wanted for her husband’s birthday cake as a guide which I found very helpful.
I used a vanilla sponge recipe for the cap, baking the batter in a half sphere cake pan, and an 8” round pan. Once the cakes was baked and cooled I sliced them into layers and filled them with jam and buttercream. I then shaped the cake slightly to resemble the cap shape, without its peak of course. I covered it with buttercream chilled it in the fridge while I prepared the board.
The peak for the cap can be made days before from gum paste or fifty fifty mix of fondant and gumpaste allowing it to dry out before attaching to the cap. The board also can be prepared the day before. I did a black and white checkered 10” cakeboard with a fifty fifty mix which was time consuming but had the affect I wanted.
I covered the chilled cake with blue fondant attached the peak and added the Valentino Rossi Cap logo and details etc using edible printing. For the cupcakes I made chocolate sponge with a chocolate buttercream swirl on the top. The circle toppers I made from a fifty-fifty mix and added the 46 to each cake.
I was very happy with how it turned out, and the review I was given made all the hard work worthwhile.