How to make a Handbag Cake

Last weekend I had the pleasure of making a good friend’s 30th birthday cake. I had free reign on the cake design so decided to do something a bit different and try a handbag cake.

The handbag cake was made from 2 lemon mud cakes, torted with lemon curd Italian Meringue Buttercream. I decided to add a few bits and pieces in front of the bag that I thought represented the birthday girl, including a football ticket for her beloved Geelong Cats… (Edible image by Nancy from Cardique Cake Artistry)

A few polaroid photos (edible images on dried fondant) of the special people in her life…

…And a few other bits and pieces like a mini bottle of Passion Pop, a small basketball and a replica of a serviette that was used in an attempt to pick-up the birthday girl by an AFL footballer 🙂

I used chocolate fondant mixed with white fondant to get the bag colour, and for the contrasting colour I coloured white fondant with 5 parts egg yellow to 3 parts chocolate brown (Americolor brand).

Enjoy the tutorials!

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18 Responses to How to make a Handbag Cake

  1. Alison Lawson Cakes June 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    What a great cake!

  2. Sami June 19, 2012 at 2:59 am #

    That is AWESOME!

  3. Karen June 19, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    That is fantastic Bron!!

  4. Paula June 19, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    You did a stand-up job on this handbag cake and I love how you added all the personalized items. Everything is excellent.

  5. Jen August 25, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    You said in your tutorial that you are not striving for perfection but you did more than a perfect job. Well done indeed! The video was really detailed and clear enough to understand. Thanks a bunch.

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Awww thankyou Jen! Much appreciated!


  6. Tara December 9, 2012 at 6:59 am #

    I was wondering if you had the recipe for the lemon mud cake somewhere on your blog…or where I could find it?
    The cake is beautiful!

  7. Dhita December 26, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Hi im from indonesia, your tutorial is awesome, very detailed, and me as a newbie baker, your tutorial really helped me alot, especially with the little thing on the bag that makes this cake perfect. Once again, thank you for sharing this 🙂

    • BronnieBakes Admin December 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Thankyou for your lovely comments Dhita! Much appreciated 🙂

  8. Florelie June 27, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    Hi! Really amazing work! Can i put my rolled fondant straight after i have polished my ganache or should i wait till the chocolate sets or firms up? How will the fondant stick to it though-a little brush of water or royal icing? Thank you so much for your help!

    • BronnieBakes Admin June 27, 2013 at 9:23 am #

      Yep – definitely wait until it hardens. I usually ganache one day and cover the next – I have my video here of me doing it.

      Hope that helps!


  9. Nancy cunningham September 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    What is your recipe for lemon mud cake, it looks fab. Thanks x

  10. sara September 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    thanks! love it! I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. Jennifer February 8, 2014 at 2:48 am #

    I have to thank you for the amazing handbag tutorial! I can’t believe that I was able to make the bag & it looked just like yours. Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us how to make these great cakes! Thank you!!!!!

    • BronnieBakes Admin February 8, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      That’s wonderful to hear Jennifer! thanks for letting me know xx

  12. manjit December 23, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    very nice

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