Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Where's my LV gone?

Last weekend I attended Calvin Ng's handbag demo class at Cake Connection. I have been waiting for this class for the longest time. I am sure some of you may want to know how to make a handbag out of cake.

So here's a step by step pictorial on how to make one:

First, you need a 12in square cake. The size of the cake will depend on how big a handbag you want in the end. The end result of this demo was about 4.5-5kg. Huge and heavy...

You will also need brown coloured fondant to cover the cake. Light and dark brown. You will know what I mean as you read on.

Then cut the cake into two. You need equal pieces.

Put them upright side by side. You don't need to sandwich them together with buttercream. They will stand on their own. Then shape the cake accordingly by carving out the unwanted areas with a knife.

There you go, all shaped and looking nice.

If the height of the cake is uneven, level it by adding fondant. The white patch on the cake is fondant. Do not take the option of cutting the cake until it is levelled cos it may be too late when you suddenly realise that the cake has gone shorter than the original size. Good tip from sifu. I may have gone down that road. Phew!

Then, glaze the whole cake with piping jelly or buttercream before covering it with the light brown fondant.

The handles for the cake should be done a day earlier so that it will be stiff when attached to the cake.

Knead the dark brown fondant. Roll it out and cut squares for the bag.

Use a brush to apply a bit of water to the squares and attach them to the bag.

Use the icing/clay excruder and churn out the lining for the handbag and stick it onto the bag as shown below.

Then cut out a piece of fondant for the area where the zipper is supposed to be ... right on top of the bag. Once all the finishing touches have been added... depending on the style of the handbag... you can finally attach the handles onto the bag.

Once the handles are attached, the handbag will look distinctively like a certain popular brand. Only we know the flaws in the handbag to know that it is not the real thing. :)

Here's sifu Calvin with his masterpiece.

Have fun trying out this creation. Here's another variation of a handbag cake which Calvin brought along with him. Ideas, ideas... If you are wondering whether the shoes are real, no they aren't... wel,l that's another tutorial altogether.

Next tutorial? Could be a topsy-turvy/wonky cake... Wait and see!



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