How to make a Makeup Bag Cake Tutorial

Do you ever have those cakes that you really want to make? A makeup bag cake has been on my list of cakes to show you how to make for ages, so I’m so excited to finally be able to share this tutorial with you. I had so much fun making this cake and I really hope you’ll enjoy the tutorial and find it useful.

Makeup Bag Cake Decorating Tutorial-7

In the tutorial I show you how to carve your cake to create the shape of the makeup bag and how to make different pieces of makeup using modelling paste.

Click below to watch the step by step tutorial ⇩

Carving the Makeup Bag

I always have so much fun carving cakes! For this cake I baked an 8 inch square sponge cake which was around 1.5 inches in height. To work out how much cake I needed I actually used my cake converter and converted half my normal 6 inch sponge cake mixture for my 8 inch cake tin. I knew this would give me the right height of cake. Once the cake was baked I then trimmed of the edges and cut my cake into 3.

In the tutorial you’ll see I have 3 layers, the first 7 x 3 inches, the second 7 x 2.5 inches and the 3rd 7 x 1.5 inches. By stacking these with the smaller cake on the top, when I carved the sides of the cake down I didn’t actually loose that much cake. So when carving a cake always think of how the final cake is going to look and the best way to use as much of your cake as you can, so you have less wastage.

Carving a makeup bag purse cake

You’ll see in the video tutorial above I then continue to carve the sides until I was happy with the shape. I then cover the whole cake in 2 layers of milk chocolate ganache, smoothing it down with my flexi smoothers. Flexi smoothers are great if you have a cake with curves as you can bend the smoothers to really smooth out the ganache and follow the contour of the cake.

I did also want to mention that this cake can be made in any size, but if you did want it to feed quite a lot of people you could use the makeup bag as a cake topper, adding it to the top of another cake, just like you would if you were making a tired cake.

Using moulds

Now if you’ve followed my channel for a while you’ll know I love to create everything from scratch that goes onto my cakes, but sometimes a mould is so useful and helps you create something that would have been so hard to make.

For this cake I wanted a zip to run along the top and the easiest way to create something that looked real was to use a mould and the Katy Sue zip mould was perfect. Look at how real this looks on the top of the cake. I finished off the zip with a coating of confections glaze along the center and on the pully part to make it look like plastic.

Katy Sue Zip mould for makeup cake tutorial

Creating Edible Makeup Cake Toppers

Now what makeup bag cake would be complete without some actual makeup. All the makeup for this cake was created using the Saracino Pasta Model (modelling paste). This meant it firmed up a little more than fondant would.

Edible Makeup for a makeup cake

One of my favourite parts of this cake are the shimmery eye shadow and bronzing pallet. For these I used the Sweet Sticks lustre dust which when mixed with dipping solution and painted onto the modelling paste looked like you could add it straight onto your eyes. It has such a shimmer, but as the dipping solution evaporated it goes back to having a dust finish which looked exactly right for this cake.

Sweet Sticks Lustre Dust
Edible makeup bag cake tutorial

I really hope you enjoy this weeks tutorial and will be able to use some of the elements on your own cakes. Let me know in the comments below what you think and if you were creating this cake is there any other makeup you would add.

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Tools I used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

Flexi Smoothers:
Katy Sue Zip Mould:
Wilton Corn Flower Pot:
Confectioners Glaze:
SweetSticks Lustre Dust:
Saracino Modelling Paste:
Edible Glue:
Roller Modelling Tool:
Modelling Tool Set:
Mini Message Letter Set: (use code CakesbyLynz for 10% off)
King Pin Rolling Pin:
White Edible Art Paint:
SugarFlair Black Edible Tint:
SugarFlair Brown Edible Tint:
Colour Splash Violet gel colour:

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How to make a makeup bag purse cake decorating tutorial

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Hi, I’m Lynsey and welcome to Cakes by Lynz. I LOVE everything cake! Here you will find all my latest cake decorating video tutorials from my YouTube channel, reviews and general cake ramblings!

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