I always get asked “how do you make your purse cakes? Or “do you have a tutorials you can email me”, and so I will add my two cents and my little tutorial to the lot of them.
I’ll start with two round cakes that I baked in a 4″x2″ cake pan.
I will do two separate styles at the same time.
Depending on the style of the purses I want to make, I will carve the cake accordingly like shown in the picture below.
I always freeze my cakes before carving, it makes for much easier carving without the cake falling about on you. Also, you can carve a lot more details this way.
This one I carve into a more triangular shape, then I icing with frosting and cover with rolled fondant, using the wilton 9″ roller, in this case I used chocolate fondant.
Here I covered both with fondant, and used a pizza cutter to cut the excess fondant.
Now we have two covered cakes ready for detailing, here is where the creativity happens, I will demonstrate two simple designs, but you can get as funky or as elegant as you want. I suggest doing a Google Image search for “Purses” for inspiration.
One of my favorite cake tools in the world are my stitching tools, the one from Wilton is called the Cutter Embosser Wheel, and I almost think you should own two or more of these bad boys. The one I’m using in the picture is the PME Quilting Tool equally as pricless as the Wilton brand, and a must in your arsenal. That simple little detail goes a long way.
When applying the stitch, make sure to mark the cake wherever you think a seam would belong on a real bag, that will gives the illusion of fabric.
Here I made a flap for my purse eyeballing while cutting my detail pieces, but I recommend using a template for the first timers, just draw a template on Parchment Paper, cut and use it as a guide to cut your fondant, note the stitching tool being used here to.
Apply the flap to the cake with a little bit of piping gel using a brush.
I also love to use silicon mold, here I’m using my zipper silicon mold, while adding other details to the cake, also eyeballing, but createing a template will save you a lot of time.
Cool isn’t it… I took a stripe of fondant and cut a long rectangle space in the middle of the rectangle and placed it on top of the zipper then add more stitching.
Now I will finish it off by rolling two fondant ropes that I mixed with tylose powder for the handle and attach them with piping gel, and propped up with some parchment paper to dry.Lastly, I added a few more fondant details and finished with some gold dragees
On the other purse I used a silicon mold to make a cute knotted button made with fondant mixed with tylose so it can dry quicker
In this picture I attached the handle that I made with the same fondant tylose mix, and prop it up with some parchment paper to dry. This time I used my extractor gun for the handle, another one of my most loved tools!
I let the button dry a little before I attached it with piping gel so that it may firm up and won’t distort when I handle it, and I also use my extractor to apply the border
To finish it of I used a mold I brought from Michael’s in the clay aisle, you can find a whole lot of cool molds and clay craft books in that aisle that you can apply to gum paste or fondant as well. It’s one of my favorite aisles beside the Wilton and Stenciling aisle
And here is the finished product
I hope this tutorial is helpful, it should give you the general idea of how to make a purse cake. You can apply this same method to a larger size cake, but always keep in mind if the cake is taller than 4″ you will need to use the stacked tier construction method to support the weight of your cake. But thats another tutorial.