brutal truth-tellers, the best aunts, and, someone to whom a daily call
or multiple daily calls are always in order. Okay so maybe it's just my sister...but she is all those things are so much more. So, when she was to celebrate a special birthday, I wanted to make something different that reflected her personality. Growing up, I remember that she always wanted to borrow my clothes and it was a source of pride for her when she did...boy, how things have changed! She now admonishes me
for my boring attire; and, being the kind and generous sister she is, she helps out by buying me clothes that are a vast improvement over what I purchase. I tried to explain that dropping kids off at preschool, going on play dates, playing outside and spending lots of time in the kitchen does not warrant a fine wardrobe; but fortunately she disagrees, and she does her best to send me outfits in the mail, bring home bags for me to try on and send me links to fashionable mom attire.
So, for my fashionista sister, I decided that either a shoe or a bag would be the best cake to reflect what she enjoys. My mother reminded me that she has the best bags in the world which I know since I get them after she tires of them....but it was my dad who reminded me that he once sat in a store for 3 hours while my sister "tried on" and shopped for bags, who convinced me that a bag was the best reflection of my sister's fun fashionista side.
The bag was daunting at first. I've never made anything resembling leather or animal skin. But, on a recent library trip with the kids, I picked up a book titled "Confetti Cakes" by Elisa Strauss and I loved her ideas right away. In fact I love love love Elisa Strauss! So with the book as my original inspiration, I made the bag cake for my sister's birthday. It's a vanilla pound cake with coffee buttercream. The fondant was designed using an alligator texture sheet and I used a veining tool to emphasize the outline in certain spots. The hardware was made using gumpaste and fondant mixed and painted and dried four days prior to making the cake. It was very detail oriented. Making 24 tiny gold grommets and the zipper...wow, that zipper was so cool to make...but definitely very time-consuming. However, nothing is too much for my sister. It was a great lesson for me and I look forward to making more bag cakes. It's also given me the confidence to take on new challenges such as this one, it's so much fun to see a product emerge and I chronicled the process for you to follow the evolution of the cake. Happy Birthday to the best sister in the world!!