The workshop team at Lindy’s Cakes all love Fridays, it’s our chance to have a little fun and to inspire our students to have as much pleasure from cake decorating as we do!! Yesterday was no exception, in fact it was one of my favourite classes – carving and decorating a handbag cake, also known as a purse cake. Every time I have taught this class I have used a completely different colour scheme – pink and purple, mango, electric blue, nude and black and yesterday I choose one of this seasons colours ‘lagoon’ with accents of zesty orange and cream!
For most of the students it was their first experience of carving a cake – a little scary for some…. but they all managed extremely well, helped of course by having the right cake bases and sharp pastry knives. Interestingly when it came to covering, most of the students choose to work with either pink or purple sugarpaste – definitely ‘comfort’ colours for many buddy cake decorators!!! Although the emphasis of the class was on the carving and covering of the handbags, I also demonstrated how to add interesting texture to the surface of the sugarpaste using stencils. I used the lovely daisy and forget-me-not stencil that we’ve recently added to our range – I think the scale and detail of the pattern works really well with the bag!
Some of my students also used stencils to add texture to their bags, why not try this next time you want to introduce a subtle pattern to the sugarpaste on your cake, cupcake or cookie.
If you’d like to join us on a similar workshop, take a look at our current programme to see what appeals. In the meantime I hope the work of my students inspires you to try something new. Instructions to make a similar, but slightly more detailed bag are being published in my next book ‘the contemporary cake decorating bible’ – pre order your signed copy by clicking here!