Homemade Handbag Cake For a Friend

I made this handbag cake from a rectangle cake, which I cut and layered.  I then froze the cake and once frozen I carved the shape.  For the board, I covered in icing as normal.  I then got a stencil and painted Trex and silver powder to make the flower shapes.  I impressed my friend’s name around the edge and covered the sides with ribbon.

I put some icing sausages down the front of the bag so that when I covered it with icing it created a sort of pleated effect. I used a sugar gun to get the piping which helped define the shape of the bag. I added handles and an edging along the top with a clip.  The flowers were made using Mexican paste to help with the shape.