Sunday, December 13, 2009

Fondant Handbag Cake

As you may already know, I had recently done a fondant cake for my colleague's two year old son's birthday party. As I had some cake layers left over, I decided to make a mini fondant handbag cake.

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
Crisco
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)

Method:

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.



28 comments:

Caroline said...

so beautiful! I haven't had much experience with fondant. You're such a pro. That cake is too pretty to eat!

El said...

Amazing! It came out beautiful - what a talent you are!

Angie's Recipes said...

wow...that looks very real...great job!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

You're super, Jo! It looks so real I would hesitate to eat it! LOL. I am tempted to make a batch of fondant, just to play with it, cos you made it look so fun! :)

pigpigscorner said...

awww that's so pretty! I've always wanted to try decorating with fondant.

Future Grown-Up said...

That looks gorgeous...I agree, it's almost too pretty to eat!

Yael said...

Wow, that is really something! Good for you!

Megan said...

Beautiful, That would be a perfect cake for my daughters birthday. Maybe...

white On Rice Couple said...

Holy wow, this look amazing!!! The craftsmanship and patience to create this cake is mind blowing! Great job, you definitely are in inspiration.
BTW- can you make a Luis Vuitton bag version? ;)

wiffy said...

omg you're a genius!! So realistic and pretty.

P.S. any cosmetics or ipod inside the bag? ;)

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow! This is excellent! And I love that you made your own fondant!

Swee San said...

looks good!! i've never tried making marshmallow fondant b4 as i've always used ready to roll ones... does it taste better ??

farawayfoodies said...

Looks so delicious and professional! Gorgeous pictures as well

Dodol & Mochi said...

Your purse cake looks so beautiful! I don't think I'd slice or even eat it! Just gorgeous!

I'm contemplating with the idea of trying out fondant ... But, the quantity of powdered sugar used looks quite a lot ... @.@

Pei-Lin

Ingrid said...

I don't know what else to say Jo except WOW!
~ingrid

Pam said...

So cute!

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Incredible! I wish you lived closer, I would have you make one for my daughter!

Ellie said...

So pretty!! Your cake decorating skill won over me again and again!! Kudos!!!

Carolyn Jung said...

I can't believe you made this. This is sooooo gorgeous. I just want to walk around with one of these dangling from my arm. Well, at least for a few minutes, before I devoured it. ;)

Jo said...

Hi guys, thanks for your nice comments. I liked doing this project as well and it's great when everything comes together. Haha .. I'm still trying to get better at this and must confess there are a couple of flaws in the handbag cake. I just photograph the good "side profile" that is.

Swee San,it actually taste not too bad. I flavoured it with lemon so it was quite nice. However I usually peel of the fondant as I think it's way too sweet for my tastebuds.

peasepudding said...

What a fantastic job you have done! I make quite a few fondant cakes but have never made my own fondant.

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