A couple of summers ago, my brother's girlfriend's birthday was approaching, and somehow I got the idea in my head that I was going to make her a cake that looked like a Louis Vuitton purse.
Why not, right?
I was pretty fresh into baking at this point (maybe 6 months?) so the idea was pretty ridiculous. I don't think I even knew what gumpaste was, although now it's hard to know if there was ever a time.
For whatever absurd reason, the birthday girl (Tamara) doesn't like chocolate. In hindsight, I would have never made the brown monogram bag without chocolate icing. I could have opted to do the white bag, but no, I wanted to make the brown one. So I made regular fondant and used a whole fracking bottle of food colouring to get the shade right. (This is also the day I learned to use gloves while working with dye.)
The cake itself was vanilla, with a layer of maple buttercream. Admittedly, the flavour combo was pretty amazing, even sans chocolate (I know-- blasphemous, right?).
There were lots of swears, but in a few hours the cake really took shape. I was literally brushing on the gold monogram logo minutes before she walked in the door and saw it.
And thus was born Tamara's LV purse cake!
But the bottom line? The next person who gets this cake better like chocolate.
(And not end up being crazy)