Steampunk Hat Cake

I have to admit, a year ago I wasn't even sure what "Steampunk" really was! My daughter kindly educated me about the quirky mix of turn of the century adventure, machinery and invention. Whenever I hear the word now, my mind goes straight to Caractacus Potts, the father in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and his amazing madcap workshop.

So I was very excited when I was asked to make a steampunk hat cake for a very on-trend 11 year old boy.  Goggles were a must-have feature, together with leather, laces and metal accents.  I added a pair of leather driving gloves to the top, perhaps subconsciously influenced by Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again. The cakeboard was trimmed with brown leather and studded with decorative metal rivets.