Handbag Heaven pt 1

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Skill Level: Advanced
HD Lessons: 10
Decoration Time: 2 days

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  • 10” round by 3” deep chocolate cake
  • 8” round by 3” deep chocolate cake
  • 6” round by 3” deep chocolate cake


  • 1.5kg dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 10” round temporary board
  • 8” round temporary board
  • 6” round temporary board


  • 2kg ivory sugarpaste
  • 600g Pale pink sugarpaste
  • 100g Pink modelling paste from Saracino
  • 60g Flesh tone modelling paste from Saracino
  • 10g White sugarpaste

Paints and Dusts

  • Super White (Sugarflair)
  • Gold Rush (Sugarflair)
  • Gold Sparkle (Sugarflair)
  • Pearl Shimmer (Colour Splash)
  • Black (Sugarflair)
  • Brown (Sugarflair)
  • Blue (Sugarmill)
  • Rose (Sugarmill)

For the board

  • 11” x 12” by 10mm thick plywood or MDF
  • M10 22” threaded rod
  • 6 x 10mm nuts and washers
  • 4 x rubber stoppers


  • High percentage alcohol
  • Claire Bowman air pump glitter
  • Royal icing


  • Serrated knife
  • Sharp cutting knife
  • Palette knife


  • No 6 paintbrush
  • Pastry brush
  • Men’s shaving brush

Modelling Tools

  • Stitchy tool
  • PME modelling tools
  • Karen Davies Brooch mould
  • Sunflower Sugarart Brooch mould
  • Karen Davies Sugar Flowers mould – top tier
  • Sunflower Sugarart leaf mould
  • Karen Davies Rose mould
  • PFC Brooch mould
  • 5 petal easy rose petal cutter (small, medium and large)

Cakey Tools

  • Metal side scraper
  • Plastic smoothers
  • Acetate smoothers
  • Karen Davies flower mould
  • Autumn Carpenter floral texture mat
  • Ribbon cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Peony cutter from coolpit


  • Power drill
  • 10mm spade bit
  • 10mm drill bit for drilling metal
  • Hot glue gun
  • Set square
  • Ruler
  • 1.5cm by 13cm long by 1mm thick metal plates
OK, so you have probably seen a handbag cake BUT, have you seen three completely different handbags stacked one on top of another? Sounds ambitions doesn't it?
Well, Paul has pulled out all the stops to bring us this gravity defying design that has been split into two parts.
In the first part of our cake tutorial, Paul focuses on making the stand and creating the fully edible handbags. Then in part 2 Paul stacks the cakes and makes all the decorations, including the beautiful model hanging off the finished design.
This three-tier stacked handbag cake would be perfect for an elaborate birthday celebration or perhaps the opening of a shop? And the skills learned from this tutorial will allow you to adapt the design to suit your needs.
In this tutorial, you will learn many new skills and techniques including, carving, ganaching, making a handbag cake, edible flowers, advanced modelling, edible painting, creating lovely textures and lots 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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