Handbag Heaven pt 2 Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Handbag Heaven pt 2
with Paul Bradford
Skill level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 10
Decorating time: 2 days
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Here, we’ve carefully selected the key parts from the entire tutorial and condensed it into a 8 min long video. More than enough to get you started without taking too much time.

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1. Stacking the cakes

In the first lesson of Part 2,  we see Paul finishing the stand by adding some clever pieces of metal that will hold the cakes in position so we don’t need to worry about the stand collapsing.

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2. Making it all neat

In this lesson, Paul stacks the last of our handbag cakes onto the plate. He then begins to hide the plates by covering the bottom of the handbags with sugarpaste.

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3. Making the decorations

This is when Paul starts to fall in love with the cake again and what a difference the handles make! Paul then combines some lovely moulds to make modern feeling flowers to decorate the cake.

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4. Adding the flowers

Here we see Paul carefully select and add flowers to the cake, arranging them in a way that hides sections of the rod, using pieces of sugarpaste and royal icing.

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5. Making the model

In this lesson, Paul creates the woman’s body and decides where to place her on the cake.

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6. Making the head

Paul now makes the head using some lovely flesh tone modelling paste from Saracino and creates a lovely feminine face.

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7. Lesson 7 - Finishing touches

In this final lesson Paul makes the hair using a very simple but effective technique that gives the illusion of full bodied hair with very little work.

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8. Other ideas

Paul shares some other ideas that you can implement using a similar design to this tutorial.

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9. Pro lesson

Paul offers our Pro members advice on how to price a cake like ‘Handbag Heaven’

OK, so you have probably seen a handbag cake BUT, have you seen three completely unique designs stacked one on top of the other? complete with a sugar model hanging proudly from the top of them? Sounds ambitions doesn’t it? Well, Paul has pulled out all the stops to bring you this fantastic two-part tutorial demonstrating how you can make a three-tier stacked handbag cake of your very own.
In this second part, Paul now stacks the cakes to get the topsy-turvy effect and then makes all the wonderful decorations, including the model you can see at the top of the cake.
This cake would be fantastic for birthdays (we all know a few handbag fanatics) and with the skills learned throughout this tutorial there are hundreds of different designs you could create, leaving much room for your own interpretation of this unique handbag cake.
In this tutorial you will learn many new skills and techniques including, stacking a tops-turvy effect cake, making sugar flower decorations, working with moulds, advanced modelling, edible painting and much more!

We’d love to see your take on the Handbag Heaven cake – so make sure you share your photos with us on our Facebook page.

We have also recently improved our calculator page so you can re-calculate your recipes, working how much ganache to use, how much sugarpaste and how many portions you will get.

Happy caking!!!

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