Coach "Courtenay" Hobo Bag purse Cake

by Flora Santiago
(Studio City, CA)



Use your favorite cake recipe. This one is yellow cake with buttercream frosting. I baked the cakes in a sheet pan 11"x13". I made 3 long rectangular cake boards...2 @ 10"x 3.5" and 1 @ 9.5"x 3.5". Cut, stack and frost cake layer on cake boards. 2 cake boards should have 3 layers of cake and the 9.5 x 3.5 cake board should have 4 layers of cake. Crumb coat each cake and put in the freezer to set. Meanwhile in a bowl, make MMF by melting marshmallows and a few tablespoons of water in a glass bowl in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes until marshmallows are completely melted, sift 3 cups of powdered sugar into marshmallow. Dye the MMF to whatever color you want the purse to be...knead vegetable oil into the MMF (this gives the MMF the appearance of "leather")Set aside. Weeks before make the hardware i.e. brackets, hooks, rings, buckles, zippers, toggles out of gumpaste and paint either silver or gold and make the tags straps, handles and poms out of MMF. Pay close attention to the purses details. Details make all the difference in making a cake look like a real object! Take cakes out of the freezer. Dowel the 2 10" x 3.5" with small dowels (bamboo skewers)cut to the height of each cake making sure to leave a section on the cake for a long dowel to pass thru each tier on either side as well as the center. This step is needed to secure the cake upright and to the cake board. Crumb coat entire cake and ganache put back in the freezer to set. Roll out fondant to about 1/5" thick. Take your pattern and lay on top of fondant and cut out purse panels...for more tips, visit www.sweetavenuela.com!

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Camo Bikini Cake

by Tonya Ridenour
(Lima, OH, USA)


Two Heart cakes with the tips cut off and butted up next to each other end to end. Crumb coat with buttercream icing. I tinted my icing in camo colors and used a wilton writing tip to add the camo design. I just looked at a picture and then hand drew the pattern. I used to large cupcakes for the breasts on the cake.

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Jewelry Box & High Heel Cake

by Monica
(Lansdale, PA)


I designed this cake for an OVER THE HEEL Birthday celebration. This cake was a Jewelry Box, complete with birthstone and diamond rings, watch, string of pearls, braclet, lipsticks, perfume and high heel shoe, all of which were made from gumpaste.

I made all pieces of gumpaste and dried them ahead of time, allowing approximately 7 days to dry. When dry I painted them with food coloring. For the pearls, I rolled out gumpaste and cut them with a tip 12 and rolled each into a ball and let dry on a bed of cornstarch. After they dried, I used a needle and dental floss and strung the pearls, then i dusted them with Mother of pearl luster dust(found @ www.sugarcraft.com) then steamed them and hung them to dry.


To make this cake you will need a full sheet, cut into thirds, iced, stacked and covered in marshmallow fondant. To make it look like wood you need watered-down brown food coloring and a small paint brush. Once the fondant is on the cake approx 4 hours, dip the brush in the food coloring shake off excess and just drag straight across the fondant, after all dragging is done, you can pick up a little darker brown and in a very thin line just do some little swipes to mimick the darker lines in wood. I used a chocolate mold with fondant to make the designs on the front of the jewelry box and painted them with FDA gold luster dust. The lid of the jewelry box is made by using foam core, cut to shape and push two dowel rods into it,one of each end, covered it in fondant and do the woodgrain technique.

good luck & happy baking

Monica

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Shirt 'n' tie cake

by Egbe Orobosa
(Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria)


This cake is a 9*13inch rectangular rich fruit vanilla flavoured cake. I made it for a client on the occassion of her father's birthday. The cake and board are both covered in home made fondant icing. The tie is fondant icing as well, I used wilton navy blue colour to tint the fondant for the tie. I used JEM cutters diamond impression tool to imprint diamond pattern on the tie lightly. For the name patch on the cake, I used FMM impression mat to imprint tree bark pattern on the patch.

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