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Chic Handbag

with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 1 Day
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1. Preparing the cake

Paul explains the design, and gets straight into cutting and lightly carving the cake into shape.

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2. Ganaching the cake

In this lesson, Paul starts ganaching the cake, using a nice thick layer of ganache with a good sized lip, to create nice sharp edges when it’s cut.

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3. Preparing the base

Paul covers the bottom half in white modelling chocolate, and smooths it off with some more ganache to get rid of any lines or join marks when it’s eventually covered in sugarpaste.

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4. Covering the bag pt 1

Paul creates a nice blue green hue of sugarpaste and rolls it out to size to cover the sides of the handbag.

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5. Covering the bag pt 2

Paul covers the larger side of the bag and adds a leather texture to the cake. You can do this with either a texture mat or some tin foil.

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6. Adding the sides

Paul opts to use pieces of sugarpaste instead of modelling chocolate for the sides of the bag which works out pretty well as you’ll see.

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7. Adding the front panel

In this lesson, Paul adds a front panel to the handbag which really adds to the overall look and then gets busy with the stitching tool.

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8. Adding the handle

Paul experiments a little to find the best way to create a handle that has a sense of movement. A cake box comes to the rescue.

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9. Adding details

Paul adds some pieces of flower paste to the bottom of the strap to hide the spaghetti and then makes the side straps.

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10. Adding bling

Paul finishes off the side straps and then uses some dusts mixed with alcohol to create some nice colours.

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11. Finishing touches

Paul adds the final details to bring it all to life and of course… a little edible spray glaze.

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12. Other ideas

Paul shares some inspirational ideas you can give a bash during this project. We’re sure you’ve some of your own and we’d love to see what you come up with.

Share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

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13. Pro lesson

In this lesson, Paul shares some insider information about the cost to make this cake, as well as pricing, portions and other vital information for any professional cake designer.

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14. Highlights

Here we have carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into an 6 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

We love handbags. Whether they're on your arm, or in cake form. The only bad thing about Paul's amazing design, is that you probably won't want to cut into it!
It's a big feeder, and perfect for fabulous fashionistas. With the skills learned you'll be able to make all sorts of edible handbags.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to carve cake, work with ganache, get lovely sharp corners, cover awkward shapes, create lovely textures, create free standing handles and much more! This cake is ideal for a pro cake designer or an intermediate looking for a new challenge.

We'd love to see your take on the Chic Handbag - so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  

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