Last week, I had the amazing opportunity to create the Bottega Veneta Knotted Clutch Purse as a cake.
Upon researching this Intrecciato design, I was blown away by their workmanship and attention to fine detail. I noticed that the woven texture of the purse is evenly spaced, and the knotted detail is perfectly balanced. (The knotted detailing is not only seen in the purse itself, but also in other details such as in their gift box and shopping bag.) There is even a tiny intricate Bottega Veneta logo embossed on either end of the knobs of the knot. Although it is a simple shape, the refined workmanship, timeless elegance, and lively colour of this purse really sets it apart.
There’s a lot of preparation that goes into planning a cake like this. Here are templates that have been made to scale. Layers of cake are baked in sheets, and the templates are used to cut pieces out:
The knots were made of modelling chocolate, and carefully textured to resemble braided leather and rope material. If you look closely, the knobs were indented to appear as though they are marked with the logo:
The logo was done using a hand-cut stencil. Each letter was cut out one by one using an utility knife. A couple of tests were done with the stencil ahead of time, to make sure that it would work on the actual cake:
To help shape the lid of the box, strips of modeling chocolate are attached to the cake before fondant is added. Here is the cake just before finishing, with the main pieces attached to the cake board: