How to make a Duffle Bag Cake.

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When it comes to making a duffle bag cake there some important tips that you should be made aware of early in the process. As will anything that you do, the more that you do something or work at something, the better you get. The first time that I made a handbag cake, which is very similar to making a duffle bag cake, it was a struggle throughout the whole process.

duffle back cake

For this tutorial, I will be showing you how to make a Duffle Bag Cake. For starters, I knew exactly how I wanted the cake to look but wasn’t quite sure how to go about this the correct way. I came up with an idea to make a template that would help me achieve the exact shape and size for this cake.

But we will touch more on this as we go along and how to make your own template based on the serving size for your cake. I was truly pleased with the outcome of this cake and would like to show you all how to successfully make this cake.

With that being said, I’m going to show you how to make a Duffle Bag Cake including all of the necessary tips to make this job easy. These tips can be used for creating any handbag cake as well.

To get started, here’s a list of helpful tools that will make this process easy.

  • 4-6 layers of cake (depending on serving size)
  • ganache
  • fondant
  • Extruder
  • Gum Paste
  • Metallic Paint
  • edible print sheets (depending on design)
  • carving knife (large and small)
  • Thick Floral Wire (depending on the design)
  • exact-o knife
  • fondant stitch tool
  • fondant strip cutter
  • Zipper Mold
  • duffle bag/handbag template

Step 1: Achieving the perfect shape.

For this section, I used poster board to make the template for the Duffle Bag Cake. You will be cutting out total of 4 pieces of poster board, which consists of two side pieces and two pieces for the front and back side of the cake. Based on the serving size, which was 50 people, I made the front and back pieces of poster board 16 inches wide by 12 inched tall. the 2 side pieces of poster board was 4 inches wide by 12 inched tall.

carving the cake

Now that you have the pieces for the template cut out, use it to cut out the (basic) shape of the cake. Once you have the (basic) shape of the cake cut out, begin rounding off the sides of the cake so that it looks more like a Duffle Bag.

If you find that you have not achieved the exact shape that you’re going for and the cake is becoming soft, you can place the cake back into the freezer to freeze once again. I recommend covering the cake with plastic wrap before placing into the freezer.

This will prevent your cake from having a freezer taste. After the cake has froze over once again, you can then begin carving the cake until you’ve reached the final shape of the cake.

Step 2: Sealing the Shape of the Cake.

In this step, I highly recommend using ganache to frost the cake. This will create a hard outer shell for the cake and will help the cake to retain it’s shape. Once the Ganache, is applied to the cake, place the cake into the refrigerator to harden for 30 minutes to an hour.

covering cake in buttercream

When the ganache is firm, add a light layer of shortening to the ganache before applying fondant. The shortening will help the fondant to stick to the cake. You can also use fondant glue if you don’t want to use shortening.

Step 3: Covering The cake in fondant and Edible Print Sheets.

Covering a handbag cake or this cake in particular can be a little tricky. But with these tricks, I’m sure you’ll be able to handle this with ease.

covering cake in fondant

After you’ve added the fondant to the cake, you can now add the Edible Printed Sheets to the cake using the same template.

covering cake with edible paper

In order for the Edible Printed Sheets to stick to the fondant, apply shortening to the exterior of the cake and the printed sheets will successfully adhere to the cake.

Step 4: How to make the handles, links, and more.

In this step, you’re really just making the pieces to make this cake come to life. To get started with the handles, begin rolling out a two pieces of gum paste or you can use an Extruder to get a perfectly rolled piece of Gum paste.

If you do not have Gum Paste you can use fondant and gum text to make it stiff just like gum paste. Once you have both pieces of fondant rolled out, you can insert a piece of Floral Wire through each piece of Gum Paste. The will will help add stability to the handle when it’s inserted into the cake.

making straps for cake

After adding the wire to each piece of the Gum Paste, roll out a piece of fondant, which will be the same color as the actual handbag. For example, it the handbag or duffle bag have brown handles, then you will roll out brown fondant.

For this particular cake, I made black handles. After rolling out the exterior piece of fondant, you will now fold it on to the gum paste. You can either add fondant glue or water to glue them together.

Once you have glued the exterior piece of fondant to the Gum Paste, cut off the excess fondant. To add more detail to the handle, grab a Fondant Stitching Tool to bring it to life. Now you will fold the handle into a “U” shape and allow it to dry for up to 24 hrs.

adding zipper to cake

To make the zipper, I used the Wilton Fondant and Gum Paste Mold with Bows and Buttons because it actually had a zipper mold on the side which was perfect for the duffle bag.

The actual length of the mold was shorter than the duffle bag so I made two molds and pieces them together to make a longer zipper. The process to make this zipper was quick and simple. It definitely made this job a lot easier.

As for the buckles, I used an Extruder to make the square buckles and links fo the belt and handle of the Duffle Bag. I highly recommend using Gum Paste for these pieces because they will have to be sturdy in order to hold the shoulder strap and handles.

Let’s not forget about the and binding for the corners of the cake. You will also use an Extruder to make the binding for the Duffle Bag. The binding can be added to the cake immediately.

Step 5: Adding the finishing touches to the cake

Before adding the buckles, links, handles and shoulder strap to the cake, make sure to paint the buckles and links in Edible Metallic Paint. I used the Glamorous Gold from Edible Art Decorative Cake Paint to paint the buckles and handles.

handbag cake

You can also use silver as well. You will have to add two coats of paint to fully cover each piece. Allow up to 30 minutes between each coating for the paint to dry. Once the buckles and link have fully dried, you can now add them to the cake.

You now have a professionally made Duffle Bag Cake!

I know the process for making this cake may seem pretty lengthy, but it’s very cool to see how each piece comes together to make a realistic looking Duffle Bag. As with every cake job, as long as you have to right tools, any cake job will be easy. I would love to read any techniques or tricks that you all have come up with to show how to make Duffle Bag Cake. Thank you so much for reading and Stay Blessed!


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