10 Hat Cupcake Toppers for Make a Hat Day

“Make a Hat Day” is celebrated on the 15th of September, and the rules to celebrate are very simple: make a hat out of any material desired! From fabric to felt to even newspapers, hats of all kinds can be made for this fun and silly day, but the sweetest are the hats that are used for cupcake and cake decorating.

Cupcakes in Shape of Hats

This collection of hat toppers, made of either fondant or modeling chocolate, are the perfect embellishment for your cakes and cupcakes, and span from classic stories to fun themes and nearing holidays.

Check out the FREE mini-class Basic Fondant Techniques to learn the fundamentals of working with fondant.

Get inspired with these tutorials for making your own edible hats!

Mad Hatter Fondant Topper on Colorful Cupcake
Photo via McGreevy Cakes

Mad Hatter cupcake

This beautiful fondant hat topper by McGreevy Cakes was fashioned after the top hat worn by the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s 2010 of “Alice in Wonderland” and even includes the character’s distinguishable curly red locks. Follow the incredibly detailed video tutorial to make your own hat, which would be especially suitable for a collection based on the movie or a tea party design.

Graduation Hat Fondant Toppers on Three Cupcakes on Stands
Photo via Glorious Treats

Graduation cap cupcakes

These adorable graduation cap cupcakes by Glorious Treats are the perfect way to celebrate such an important milestone in peoples’ lives. Follow the tutorial to make these fondant toppers and simply swap out the colors for those of the corresponding school or program.

Cat in the Hat Themed Fondant Toppers on Several Cupcakes
Photo via Creative Cakes by Allison

Cat in the Hat cupcakes

The Cat in the Hat is a classic storybook by Dr. Seuss and continues to be such a popular and classic theme. Creative Cakes by Allison made these delightful iconic striped hats out of fondant by stacking the red and white layers and finished them off with black accents with an edible marker. The simple addition of blue icing and red liners complete the look and match perfectly back to the character and story.

Fondant Cowboy Boot and Cowboy Hat on Cupcake
Photo via Bluprint member Ambrosial9491

Cowboy cupcake

Western-themed cupcakes and cakes are a never-ending trend for both kids and adults alike. This cake artist modeled this perfect cowboy hat out of fondant and paired it with a cowboy boot to complete the look. For hats such as these, it is imperative that you prop up the sides of the brim and give it ample time to dry completely.

Blue Witch Hats Atop Green Frosting on Cupcakes
Photo via Bake Happy

Witch hat cupcake

With Halloween fast-approaching, these charming witch hat fondant cupcakes by Bake Happy are the ideal addition to your bewitching cupcakes. The bright colors add a fun and playful aspect to the design and are complemented by the matching icing. You can be creative with the hat accents and even the shape.

Modeling Chocolate Hat in Shape of Harry Potter Sorting Hat
Photo via Bluprint member CokoPanda

Harry Potter sorting hat

After taking the class Intro to Modeling Chocolate: Cityscape Cakes with Lauren Kitchens, this cake artist created this amazing sorting hat to accent her Harry Potter cake, putting her newly-learned techniques to work. Her main advice in working with modeling chocolate: “Make sure your hands aren’t too warm.”

Cupcake Topped with Green Elf Hat Fondant Topper
Photo by Edible Details

Whimsical elf hat cupcake

As the end of the year nears, so begins the holiday baking season! Edible Details created this absolutely precious fondant elf hat that would be the hit at any festivity. Follow the tutorial at Best Friends for Frosting to create your own army of Santa’s little helpers.

Modeling Chocolate Santa Hats on Cupcake and Surrounding Cupcake
Photo via Bluprint member Vagabond Baker

Santa hat cupcake

This cake artist is also prepared for Santa’s arrival after taking the class Intro to Modeling Chocolate: Cityscape Cakes with Lauren Kitchens. These adorable Santa hats were created by wrapping red modeling chocolate around Hershey’s Kiss candies, then embellishing the shaped hats with a trim of royal icing and white non-pareils.

1 Cut Cupcake and Two Whole, All Topped with Colorful Sprinkles
Photo via Raspberri Cupcakes

Hi-hat cupcakes with sprinkles

Though not an actual hat that one would wear, the hi-hat cupcake is an absolute must-try! Raspberri Cupcakes provides the tips and tricks to executing the technique of piping the icing high, then dipping them into chocolate with these White Chocolate Hi-Hat Cupcakes with Sprinkles.

Cake Pops in Shape of White Hats with Pink Roses
Photo via Lynlee’s Petite Cakes

Chef hat cake pops

Chef hats make the perfect accent for baking and cooking themes and parties. While you can model one out of fondant, another super cute idea is to make chef hat cake pops, such as these girly ones made for a Valentine baking-themed celebration. Though you could simply dip them in white chocolate, I opted to also cover them in fondant to achieve the folds and added the flower embellishments. The use of decorated and colored paper straws and sticks helps to accentuate the entire presentation.

For more detailed techniques in modeling fondant, check out Cake Topper Techniques: Figure Modeling with Anne Heap.

I tip my hat to all these adorable creations! What type of hat are you excited to make? 

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