Elisa Strauss
Craftsy Instructor

New York City

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Confetti Cakes owner and founder Elisa Strauss is a former Ralph Lauren designer turned award-winning cake artist. Her cakes have appeared on the Today show, The View, the Food Network's Extreme Cake Challenge and Sex and the City. Elisa's work also has been featured in the pages of InStyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Vogue, Modern Bride and many more. In 2008, she was selected one of the 10 best pastry chefs in America by Pastry Art and Design ... Read Full Bio »

Elisa's Craftsy Classes

High-Fashion Heels

Create unbelievably realistic, custom sugar shoes with or without a kit. Join cake artist Elisa Strauss as she guides you step by step through making a strappy stiletto, a leopard-print peep toe and even a pointed mule. Make both high and low heels by hand or using a mold. Carve foam forms that help you shape the toe enclosures and ankle straps and stabilize the shoe while you assemble and transport it. Bring everything together with Elisa's construction tips and embellishments like contrasting insoles, trendy patterns, custom labels, metallic buckles and more. Create sugar shoes that walk the walk and outfit your cakes with sought-after accessories!

$34.99 $44.99

Sculpted Dog Cake

Unleash your creativity with this Craftsy class from famed cake designer and author Elisa Strauss. Sculpt a 3-D cake of any breed of dog or cute furry creature you’d like. With Elisa’s help, if you can dream it, you can build it. Elisa will guide you through the process as you stack and carve your cake, adding in support and details along the way. Learn how to personalize your pooch by adding textured fondant "fur," facial features and a collar with personalized dog tags. Elisa even includes her own recipes to make a cake your friends and clients will love for their next birthday party, as a groom’s cake on their special day, or for any occasion to honor a dog lover!

$19.99 $39.99

Basic Fondant Techniques

Fondant provides a pristine cover for your confectionary creations and a clean canvas to display your other cake decorating skills. In this free mini-class, Elisa takes you step by step through the process of rolling out fondant and covering round and square cakes. You’ll also cut out and attach buttons and flowers with Elisa’s easy fondant appliqué method. Add clasic fondant decorations like roses and bows. Learn to color and flavor fondant and brighten up your cake designs with an innovative fondant inlay technique that mimics mosaic tiles.  Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced courses, like Elisa's Designer Handbag Cakes or Marina Sousa's Advanced Fondant Techniques.

Free!

Designer Handbag Cakes

Get a handle on designing handbag cakes, including custom color and texture choices. Sculpt your cake into a fashionable handbag with divots and pleats to form an authentic sense of movement; and create genuine-looking zippers, rivets and buckles from gum paste. Learn new techniques for doweling your cake and applying textured fondant. Develop dynamic sculpting methods; and explore exotic fondant patterns and textures like ostrich, alligator, and giraffe. Make a handbag so cute you could just eat it up.

$39.99

Meet Elisa

Elisa's Projects

Goth Shoe
Strappy Stiletto
Leopard Peep-Toe
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