3D Handbag Cake

$250 - $300

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a realistic 3D designer handbag cake.

Learn how to create this realistic designer handbag cake! Discover a quick and easy way to make chain links that can be used for other cake projects, an effective way to achieve a perfect quilt pattern as well as how to get a high gloss shine on your cakes.

This tutorial comes with cake templates for the front and side views as well as actual size guides for the quilt and leather frames.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Handbag Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains actual size templates for the cake, guides for the quilting, frames and chain straps as well as reference images of the finished cake.

Part 1
The Plan
Tools & Materials
Making the Chain Straps
Making the Metallic Parts
Spraying Silver
Shaping & Preparing the Cake
Coating the Sides
Part 2
Making the Leather Quilt Texture
Making the Leather Frame Design
Applying the Shiny Gloss Coating
Assembling the Straps
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you’ve discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results.

What you will need
  • Rolling pin
  • Set of knives
  • Palette knives
  • Plastic knife
  • Large ruler (40cm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Stitch marker
  • Oil spray
  • Water spray
  • Scissors
  • Pizza cutter
  • Hard shortening
  • Set of round cutters
  • Round nozzle (8mm used)
  • Small plastic spoon
  • Fondant smoother
  • Small brush in water
  • Small brush in egg white
  • Pin/needle (to poke air bubbles)
  • Scrapers (firm & soft)
  • Dry & wet towels
  • Starch (for dusting)
  • A sharp tip pen knife
  • A4 sheets of paper (a few)
  • Chocolate cold spray
  • “L” shape corner pusher
Special paste for chain links and straps
  • 150g Pastillage
  • 150g Rolling fondant
  • 1 teaspoon Tylose
  • After chain links are finished, mix the remaining paste to black colour.
  • 1.5kg Black
  • Cake cut to templates from downloadable PDF
  • 1kg of cream for masking (ganache or buttercream depending on flavour of cake. Must be hard setting.)
  • Edible Lacquer
  • 500g Dark chocolate (for skin and gluing purposes)
  • Edible silver spray
  • Watch the entire tutorial completely and take notes while comparing the tools list to what tools you have available to you.
  • If you need to bake, please do it one day before.
  • Mix colours into fondant one day before you start the tutorial especially if you are using powdered colour because some types of edible powder colour initially look fine after mixing but with a little bit of moisture, after a few hours you will notice spots on the icing.
  • Have a wet and dry hand towels to clean knives, blades and cutters regularly to consistently achieve clean cuts. Also be sure to clean the table with your wet towel, and than the dry towel each time you are about to roll out any fondant. Use a bit of shortening or vegetable fat to prevent the fondant from sticking to the table.
  • This is art, and no method or technique is set in stone. This is why we recommend you watch the entire tutorial first before you start gathering all the things in the list above. You may think of ways you might substitute tools or techniques with your own ideas.


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