With Ann Reardon

Louis Vuitton Hand Bag Cake


Inspired by the $20K Louis Vuitton alma bb alligator skin bag in lively pink, this handbag cake is a delicious and affordable alternative for those of us who would never dream of spending that much on an accessory.



I’m frequently asked about the process involved in designing a cake like this. First I decide what to make, often based on viewers’ requests on my YouTube channel, which in this case was a Louis Vuitton bag. I go looking for lots of photos of the item or, better still, get my hands on the actual item if it’s not too expensive (yes, $20K was well out of my price-range this time). Then I set about creating a 2D template – measuring and replicating each element and drawing them out on my computer. Once the template is ready, I print it out, calculate how much cake will be required and decide which baking tins to use. Finally once the technical side is out of the way, I get down to the actual baking and decorating.

Hang Bag Cake tutorial by howtocookthat

I always smile when people comment on YouTube that ‘she must have made it hundreds of times before’.  The video you see is actually me making the cake for the first time. So who taught me to do a zip like that? Well I just looked at the zip on the bag and tried to figure out what else has evenly-spaced thin parts that could make those little indents?  I did some tests on scraps of fondant until I had it down. The aluminum flashing for the alligator pattern is a similar method that I used to make my Twitter and iPad cakes.  You can actually buy alligator pattern texture mats but they’re expensive and most people will only make a cake like this once, so this is a much cheaper alternative. Hope you enjoy.


To make the cake you will need:

Hand Bag Cake Template with guides for cutting the cake and fondant pieces.
This cake is modeled on the size of the Louis Vuitton Alma BB which is 25 x 19 x 11 cm (4.33 inches) (Length x Height x Width) and will make about 35 serves.

If you want the larger Alma PM (32cm (12.6 inches) length), MM (36cm (14.17 inches)) or GM (38cm (14.96 inches)) you will need to enlarge the template and increase the quantities accordingly.

Double the quantity of the chocolate cake recipe baked in two trays 38cm (14.96 inches) x 25cm (9.84 inches) x 2.5cm (0.98 inches)
400g (14.11 ounces) red fondant
1400g (49.38 ounces) white fondant
200g (7.05 ounces) black fondant
To make the lively pink fondant mix the red and white fondant and add a tiny bit of yellow and blue gel colour.
edible gold luster dust
Shine spray (optional)
2 quantities of Chocolate Buttercream frosting mixed with 1 quantity of chocolate ganache


by Ann Reardon How To Cook That

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  1. Pls how do i get the printable templates for the various parts of ds cake

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Kien, the template can be purchased using the Buy It Now Button in the recipe above.

  2. mine came so little. how do I increase it on paper

    • Ann

      hi Beckie,
      make sure that your printer is set to print at 100%. It will then print at the right size over several pieces of paper that you can just stick together. Good luck 🙂

      • it is at 100 % even in the landscape mode it only came out about 8 inches long for the bottom and like4 inches wide..

        • then the side of the bigger part (round part) is 8 inches long and 6 inches tall. is that the right size..??

          • Admin HowToCookThat

            Sounds very close. The actual bag dimensions are listed above. By the time it is iced etc it would about right.

  3. Hie, how long will it take for me to receive the template in South Africa after making the payment coz i need to make the cake on friday. Thanks

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Nicola, the download link comes up immediately on payment. You will also recieve a back up email as well. Check your email filter if you can’t locate it easily.

  4. Hi thanks to howtocookthat, i make this cake with your template for a friend everybody including the birthday gal love it to the max.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Awesome work Kris!

    • how big was yours. I cant get my templetes larger..

  5. A close up!

  6. I recently had my 40th birthday party and found a lovely lady, Lyndel form Five Starr Cakes and Toppers to make this cake for me. I originally had the bag as my cake but later changed the design to feed 60 guests. This was the final product, and Lyndel added every detail of the bag! The bag was made out of fondant! So amazingly beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration Ann!

    • The cake with the bag as a topper!

  7. I wantd the template how do I buy it

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Hadiya, Use the Buy It Now button to purchase the template. It will link you to the How to cook that Shop.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Hadiya, Click on the Buy it Now Button and it will link you to the Shop page.

  8. Hi Ann, once again I used your great recipe 🙂 This time for my birthday. It was so easy to do it thank to your incredible tutorial. Thanks!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Great work Agnieszka!

  9. hello i think its a great cake but where are the template, i want to do it but i need that to impress and i dont find them

    • Ann

      hi naomi, just click on ‘Buy It Now’ and it will take you through to the shop 🙂

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