My first sculptured cake! It had to be a Chanel bag for the friend in question and if possible it had to top last year's cake for her Tiffany box birthday cake | vannillarock
I used the wonderful craftsy platform Cake Decorating Classes | Learn It. Make It. On Craftsy for my helping hand and some great tips- at. The end of the day, though, you just have to dive in and get sculpting!
My cake was constructed from 4 vanilla traybakes. I used 30cm x 19cm foil trays. I made my bag this size as it seemed an appropriate. The recipe one on craftsy uses egg whites only rather than whole eggs and is a wonderfully moist sponge.
After you stack your cakes with Swiss meringue buttercream (SMBC) on a double base board and a smaller mid support board, the carve out begins! This takes confidence, but the trick is to take small amounts off at a time. A really worthwhile tip is to end up with an exaggerated shape, as by the time you have two SMBC coats and fondant, a wimpish shape will fade away!!
Everything on the cake is edible though the gum paste zip and chain probably wouldn't be my first choice to eat!
I would definitely make another handbag cake or other sculpted cake, and look to perfect the finish.