I was thinking about stacking round cakes and then carving them into the shape of a purse. Would this work? And if so, how do I get the rounds to stand vertically without falling over? I have no idea how to place the dowels.
I like to bake a rectangle cake (either 11x15 or 13 x9) and cut 2-3 strips to stack, slight wider strip for the bottom and descreasing a bit for each layer going towards the top, then carve away. Be sure to chill filled cake before carving, and chill again before decorating so the cake has time to settle and your icing won't sag/blow out. HTH.
I also baked a rectangular cake and cut it into thirds and carved. I think there is a tutorial on this site. Here's a picture of my purse cake. http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1388767
You can use round layers, but it depends on what shape your trying to achieve. What does the purse look like that you want to do?
I don't really have a shape in mind persay. I can do a more rounder one or a rectangular one. She just wants a purse.
If I do the 9x13 or 11x15 cut into thirds, do I make two cakes or do I just make the one cake and stack the "strips" of cake?
You make the 1 layer & stack it depending on how big you want the purse.
Make one cake and stack the strips.
Here's an awesome purse cake that started out as a round: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1355419
and here's the how-to: http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1356679
Thank you everyone. And thank you Flour Pots. That's exactly the shape I want.
You're welcome .
Very cute cake Full House!
Thanks Cylstrial. TPA, please post pics when your done. Purse cakes are so much fun to make.