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Designer Handbag Cakes taught by Elisa Strauss

Have your handbag and eat it too! Let celebrity cake designer Elisa Strauss teach you to sculpt and decorate an unbelievably realistic couture handbag from cake.

Other projects made as part of this class:

Cake Decorating
My First Bag
Cake Decorating
purse Cake
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Here are some details about my project:
Category Cake Decorating
Occasion Birthday
Type Sculpted
Material Gum Paste, Royal Icing, Buttercream, Fondant
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: I basically just followed the directions in the class, except I had to make my own impression mat to create just a natural wrinkled leather look.

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Wow! How many have you made so far?

11/05/2013 Flag

Hi, that was my first and only ... so far. I won't ever do it again unless I charge a lot more. It's a lot of work, although it will obviously be easier the next time.

11/13/2013 Flag

Beautiful. What did you use to create your own impression mat? Also how did you make the round lock? Thanks for your help.

11/06/2013 Flag

Thanks Kathleen, you're gonna laugh, but I bought a product on line called Composimold. It's a thick rubbery substance you heat in the microwave to melt. I cut the center out of a Tupperware lid, leaving the rim as a dam to trap the Composimold. I then poured it on my leather-bound Bible. It made a great impression, just not deep enough to really hold for the sides of the purse. I just ended up taking a plastic cobblestone (small) mat and pressed it in varying directions on top of the first impression. I think it turned out OK. For the lock, I used a shot glass. Haha I just made a thick piece if gumpaste and cut it with that, then used a fondant tool to make an impression in the center. Hope that helps.

11/13/2013 Flag

This is really nice I have this purse and you did a excellent job duplicating it. How much would you charge for a purse like this?

01/04/2014 Flag

Hi momluvkas, sorry for the delay in answering ... not sure how I'm notified of comments/questions ... I just stumbled on your question. Thanks for your comments, very kind. I charged $150 for it. It was my first attempt (the customer knew this), and for a friend, so I was reluctant to charge more. Having said that, If I were to do it again, I wouldn't do it for less than $500. I'm what I consider a beginner, but I do think it turned out pretty good and it was a lot of work.

03/18/2014 Flag