Hey there, baking enthusiasts and creative souls! Today, we have an exciting tutorial that will take your cake decorating skills to a whole new level. We're going to delve into the world of designer handbag cakes!
We stumbled upon a fantastic blog by Darlene from Make Fabulous Cakes, where she shares her step-by-step process for creating a stunning Louis Vuitton Alma-inspired handbag cake. You can find her original blog post here. Trust us, it's worth checking out!
Before we dive into the tutorial, let's talk about the essential ingredient for this project: the cake itself. When it comes to crafting a designer handbag cake, precision and meticulous carving are key. That's why we highly recommend using Bake Me Up mud cakes. These cakes are not only moist and delicious, but their sturdy texture makes them ideal for detailed carving. With Bake Me Up, you'll have the perfect canvas to bring your edible handbag masterpiece to life.
Darlene's tutorial begins with baking an 8" round cake. However, with Bake Me Up mud cakes, you can skip this step entirely and save precious time. No need to worry about the texture being crumbly or delicate because these delightful cakes are specifically crafted for cake decorators like you.
After achieving the desired shape, it's time to frost the cake with buttercream and chill it in the refrigerator. Now comes the fun part—decorating! Darlene creates a realistic zipper using a zipper mold and brown fondant. To add a touch of elegance, she prints a pattern on edible sheets, matching the color of the fondant to the sheet for a seamless look. With careful precision, Darlene applies the sheet to the cake, smoothing it out and trimming off any excess.
To create the finishing touches, Darlene works her magic with tan-colored fondant. She fashions a tag with looped ends, reminiscent of luxury handbag details. With a tracing wheel, she creates stitch impressions, adding a touch of authenticity. The handles are crafted using fondant wrapped around a log shape and adorned with rivets and stitches. With a fondant cord, the handles are attached to the cake, completing the look.
To add that extra oomph, Darlene covers the bottom part of the handbag cake with a strip of tan fondant and creates a matching tag. And what's a designer handbag without some glamorous accents? She paints the rivets, rings, and zipper with gold edible paint, while adding depth to the handles with brown food gel color. To showcase the cake, she covers the board with embossed white fondant and adds a beautiful gumpaste rose.
And voila! You've just created a jaw-dropping designer handbag cake that will have everyone marveling at your talent. From the intricate details to the exquisite finish, this cake is a true work of art.
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are feeling inspired to create your own masterpiece. Don't forget to check out the original blog on Make Fabulous Cakes for a step-by-step visual guide to help you along the way. Until next time, happy baking!