Friday, February 10, 2012

Chanel Purse Cake

I've been wanting to make a cake purse for a really long time, so with my friend's 30th birthday right around the corner, I offered to make her one.  Since this was my very first purse cake, my friend found a purse design online and I basically tried to copy it.

I baked layers of cream cheese pound cake, leveled them off, and stacked them on top of each other.  To make the layers stick together, I carefully frosted between each layer with homemade buttercream.  Using a really sharp knife, I then carved the small mountain of cake into the shape of a purse.

All the surfaces of the cake also received a coating of buttercream to seal in the crumbs (I forgot to take a picture!).  After chilling in the fridge for a few hours to harden the coating, I colored and rolled out a large piece of soft pink fondant and covered the cake.

Then I gave each side of the cake diamond details:

Next came the black corner fabric, rolled piping over the two edges of the cake, the Chanel logo, and an extra piece of fabric on top with stitching details for the zipper.

Zipper detailing and the metal rings for the double straps came next; I had to figure out how to give the straps the knotted detail at each metal ring.

Top view of purse straps and zipper detail:

 To finish off the look, I rolled out white fondant and placed it on a cake board.  Such a large piece of fondant is quite difficult to work with , but the wavy effect of the cloth was worth it.  I wanted some different colors in there as well so I made a small bottle of nail polish, and since my friend said she normally uses lip gloss rather than lipstick, I also created a little jar of lip gloss.  And of course, what's Chanel without a string of pearls?

Top view: 

 Side back view:

Other side back view:

 Entire display with fondant lettering on board:


1st Birthday Cake Decorations

This was  my first out-of-state order!  A lady wanted to make a 1st birthday cake for her granddaughter and saw a cake very similar to the cake below.  Even though she had never worked with fondant before, she was willing to make the cake herself but wanted help with the decorations and the cake board.  She found me online and it was really great to work with her!  :)

Below is her picture of the finished cake:

Since she already had the tiara, I ended up making the "1st Birthday Princess Saalaya" sign, the hearts, the flowers, the butterflies, the lilac pearls around the base of the cake, and the cake board.  Everything was pink and lilac, but the pictures make the lilac look a little bluish.  I mixed both the pink and lilac fondant colors.  Once I finished everything, I meticulously packed everything inside jewelry boxes before I packaged everything in a larger box and ended up having to make my own box to mail the cake board.

 Here are the butterflies, hearts, and flowers I placed in the jewelry boxes.  The butterflies have pink shimmer on them and the hearts and flowers were powdered with lilac shimmer.

I rolled the lilac pearls for the base individually, and I definitely underestimated the amount of time it would take me since I wanted every pearl to be smooth and similar in size.  It ended up taking 1 1/2 hrs!

Fondant letters were not as easy as I thought they would be because the letters are so slim and soft and stretch out easily.  I had to redo many of the letters and keep "ironing" out the heart to make sure the heart was large enough to fit all the letters.

For the board, I hand-painted all the butterflies and hearts in edible colors and glued a pretty pink ribbon around the edge.  My client sent me a picture after she put everything together.  I thought everything turned out beautifully!


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Valentine's Day Cake Pops 2012 - Order NOW!!!

It's that time again when love is in the air!  Express your love with an exclusive collection of delicious handmade Valentine's Day cake truffles (some may call them Valentine's cake pops) - hearts, double hearts, hearts within hearts, XOXO's, and edible glitter will do the trick.  Your sweetheart will love you for it!
Please see prices below:

Set 1: Valentine's Day cake truffles (box of 5): $15 + S&H (or you can just pick up the week before)
Set 2: Valentine's Day cake truffles (box of 8): $20 + S&H (or you can just pick up the week before)

Shipping and Handling: If orders are placed one week in advance of Valentine's Day (on or before 2/7), I will ship the order via Priority Mail on Thursday, Feb 9th ($10 for S&H); package will arrive on the 13th or the 14th (I can't control the arrival date).  I can also ship the day before Valentine's Day via Express Mail for the truffles to arrive before 12 noon on Valentine's Day ($35 for S&H).  Sorry - I'm going by post office prices!

Each set will contain an assortment of cake ball flavors: red velvet, chocolate, and butter cake.

A complimentary card will be mailed with the order.  Please email me at with the quantity you would like of each set of Valentine's truffles.You can pay by PayPal (or personal check if I know you).  :)

Below are samples of the set of 5 and the set of 8.