Sorry for the delayed response... I used Elisa yellow cake recipe for the cake and brown satin ice fondant to cover it. I'll be honest and say that after I carved it and covered, I didn't like the shape, so I removed the fondant, carved more and recovered it. You definitely need to carve more than you think. The handles and all gold items, except the zipper, were dried hard before application. Everythiing else was soft.