This is definitely much easier than the jungle cake that I had made a couple of weeks ago. The fondant handbag is made of one layer 6" chocolate cake. I sliced the cake into half, sandwiched the two pieces with some buttercream and then trimmed off a bit of the rounded edges at both ends. I then crumb-coated the entire cake with a bit of buttercream, not too much, just enough so that the fondant will stick to the sides of the cake.
Instead of using store bought fondant, I made a homemade marshmallow fondant. It is really, really easy. What you need is:
Homemade Marshamallow Fondant:
100g white marshmallows
1 Tbsp water
200 - 250g of icing sugar sifted
Flavouring optional (use a no-colour flavouring )
Note: if you are using flavouring, use about 1/2 tsp and reduce the water by the same amount of flavouring used)
Place the marshmallows and water (flavouring) into a microwavable bowl. Heat the marshmallows on high for about 1 minute (until it melts). Remove and using a spoon, mix the marshmallows until it becomes a gooey mess.
Pour the melted marshmallows into the sifted icing sugar and stir to mix. Once incorporated, this is the time to get messy with the hands. Take some crisco and lather one hand with it.
Then proceed to knead the fondant until it becomes smooth and palleable. Add more icing sugar if required. Store the fondant in a plastic bag and into an air-tight container if not using immediately.