Gold Leaf Handbag Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Gold Leaf Handbag
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 14
Decorating time: 4 hours
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Watch Paul make this amazing design in just over two minutes!

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Watch all the key learning points in under 9 minutes.

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1. Carving and ganaching

Paul gets started by carving out the handbag shape then covering in a layer of ganche.

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2. Paul finishes the ganching process

Time to add the final ganche layers then work with the palette knife to get a smooth finish.

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3. Covering the cake

Time now to roll out the paste and cover the cake.

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4. Making the gold leaves

Paul now starts to cut out the gold leaf decorations.

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5. Adding the leaf decorations

Now the design starts to take shape as the leaf decorations are added.

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6. Finishing the leaf decorations

Paul finishes the leaf decorations by merging and cutting to achieve a neat finish.

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7. Adding the gold decorative panel

Time to cut out and add the decorative panel that runs along the top of the bag.

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8. Adding the detailed touches

The design starts to come to life as the little, but all important, details like the zip start to be added.

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9. Adding the handles

Now time to add the all important handles.

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10. Finishing touches

Time for those finishing touches!

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11. Other ideas

Paul shares some different ways to maximise the skills learned in this tutorial.

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12. Pro Lesson

Paul talks about pricing and how to maximise profit for our Pro members.

Gold Leaf Handbag cake tutorial by Paul Bradford

Check out this stylish, yet simple to make gold leaf handbag design cake made by CakeFlix resident designer Paul Bradford. Choosing the regal colours of gold and royal blue work very well together to give a luxury looking finish. Join Paul as he takes you through all the simple steps to achieve this design.

In this tutorial you will learn how to:

  • Carve a simple handbag shape from cake
  • Ganache a 3D shaped cake
  • Ice a 3D  handbag shape achieving a very sharp finish
  • Create a modern gold leaf pattern with eye catching style

Handbags are hugely popular for birthday celebrations and once you have mastered the cutting, carving and ganaching your designs are limitless. Paul filmed his first handbag tutorial for CakeFlix back in March 2012! Do you want to see it? Ok, click here but don’t tell Paul.

Designs have evolved hugely since then and become ever more adventurous. Some long term members will recall the cease and desist letter Paul received from Louis Vuitton when he was running his cake shop, so watch out and try to avoid copyright protected brands.

But don’t let that stop you, there are plenty of designs to check out. Lets start with the amazing Mayen Orido’s Hanging Handbag. This was the first gravity defying of its time and you could really pick it up using the handles. The very cute Ragdoll and Handbag cake by Valerie Letham was a huge hit when it was published on CakeFlix back in 2015, which just goes to show the depth of quality as well as quantity of tutorials on the CakeFlix website.

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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 195,000+ students.  
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