I made this handbag cake for my mom’s birthday last September. Two of her favorite things are handbags and the color purple, so I mixed the two to make her this purple handbag cake!
When I presented this cake to my mom, I joked that I bought her a handbag for her birthday. Thrilled, she instinctively tried to pick it up and look at her new gift more closely. Horrified, I started screaming, “No! It’s a cake! It’s a cake!” She screamed back, exclaiming that she thought it was real, and laughed hysterically. Luckily, I was able to stop her before she got her hands on it but, to her credit, the lights were a bit low. I wish I was that good at making cakes!
The How – Handbag Cake
Although I’d love to take credit for the design of this cake, I can’t. I basically just followed this tutorial from How to Cake It. I also used her technique from this tutorial to make the scarf. I just changed the color to my mom’s favorite shade using the Wilton Color Right Performance Color System to color my fondant.
I also changed the shape of the clasp on the front of the handbag cake because, well, the one I tried to make from the tutorial kept breaking and I got frustrated. The world of cake decorating is not a perfect one, that is for sure.
I used Yo’s Vanilla Cake Recipe for the cake, but reduced the sugar by at least half a cup. I also made strawberry buttercream by using this vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream recipe from Style Sweet Ca., as a base and whisking in good quality strawberry jam. I gradually added jam until I reached my desired level of strawberriness.
Products Used – Handbag Cake
Just like all others, this cake was a big learning experience for me and there are a ton of things I would’ve done differently or, hopefully, better.
Things I learned or what I’d change:
- Work quickly when bending fondant because it’ll dry and crack. I cut all the strips of fondant for the handle first, then tried to bend them through the rings. I should’ve just worked the strips one at a time instead.
- Start early and add CMC to the fondant handle so it’ll dry hard and stand up like a real handle.
- Fondant stretches. So, while draping the fondant over the cake, I’d be more careful in straightening out and trimming the edges next time.
- That zipper… I’d be more careful in creating the zip lines and also add those details before trimming the overall shape. I figure that’ll result in straighter lines.