My Sister's 70th Birthday Cake

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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
Red Birthday Purse
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Here are some details about my project:
Category Cake Decorating
Occasion Birthday
Type 2 Tier
Material Fondant, Buttercream, Gum Paste, Royal Icing
Style Whimsical

Do you sell this cake? No, just for fun


Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this cake: My sister is a great traveller so that was the theme for the cake. I found a vintage alligator suitcase photo on line and used that as inspiration, along with several techniques I learned from the fabulous Designer Handbag class taught by Elisa Strauss. Even though I did not do a handbag there were so many helpful things I learnt from the class and I did use the baggage tag demonstrated by Elisa which made a great addition to my cake. I also had some vintage luggage labels printed onto a sugar sheet.


What are you most proud of? I had to carry this cake in two pieces on a plane to take it to where my sister lives! I then finished it off with the detailed sugar paste pieces I took with me. I was v. pleased it all arrived unbroken!


What advice would you give someone starting this project? It took a bit of planning for this cake and I made several extra gum paste spare locks, flowers and so on. Didn't need, but a good precaution especially if you need to transport the cake some distance as I did!