I have a customer that would like this cake duplicated:
Any suggestions on how to make the zipper and the side pockets? How about the coin purse?
I've never made anything like that...but for the side pockets I think you'd measure and cut a sheet of fondant and leave it to dry on something with the right curve, then attach it once it was totally dry. The piping would be done with a clay exruder. I would do the zipper the same way...two tan strips from the clay extruder, a fatter gray one in the center, make indentations along the gray one and then paint it silver.
For the side pockets, I would place a large piece of fondant on, "glue" it with water or royal icing and then place paper towels in between the fondant and the cake to form the pockets. I wouldn't "glue" it where the pockets are, just where it is supposed to meet the cake (did that make any sense?!)
For the zipper, I'd take a long strip of fondant, and make the marks freehand. I would probably color the fondant grey and paint it with silver luster.
For the coin purse, I would probably take a piece of rolled out fondant or gumpaste and fold it, pleating the top. Then I would put another piece on the top for the closure.
I remember seeing somewhere, to make a zipper, just press a real zipper into the fondant strip and paint the appropriate places silver.
Thanks for the tips! I love the idea about pressing a real zipper into the fondant and painting it silver! This is probably the most challenging cake that I have made and I am a little intimidated by it!
I'm not sure when you needed to do this cake by, but I was just browsing the new items at Global Sugar Art, and came across this mold for a zipper.
Pressing a real one into fondant is a good idea, too...I just saw this mold and thought of this post. =)
I did the cake last weekend, but that would have been a perfect mold. I will definitely keep that in mind if I need one again! Thanks for thinking of me!!
By the way here is how it turned out:
The back ripped when I was creating the seaming along the top, and at that point I couldn't fix it. Also, the seam along the top in the back didn't hold together and I couldn't get it to stick after the fondant had dried.
Sorry it gave you such a difficult time, but it looks great! Very nice touches! I would have suggested maybe some fresh pieces of fondant to look like a seem cover/pieces of stitched 'leather' to cover the rips in the back. Still looks great!
D'OH!! I didn't even think of doing that! I did however, clean up all the white frosting flecks on the back of the cell phone and other areas before I delivered the cake. This was for a friend's retirement party, so there was no charge for the cake. I feel like it wasn't too bad for my first fondant cake.
First fondant cake!?! Wow! The leather looks authentic, and the whole cake is amazing!!