Bottega Veneta Designer Knotted Clutch Purse Cake

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.

It begins with the sketching process – to help predetermine the layout, any possible size/shape constrictions, and the overall feel of the cake:Purse Cake Sketch

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:Purse Cake Templates

Filling the cake & carving. This was chocolate cake filled with vanilla icing:Purse Cake Carving

The key is to have a smooth surface of buttercream underneath. This is done by smoothing it out – one side at a time. For this cake, Swiss Meringue buttercream was used:Purse Cake Process

Here is the clutch, attached securely to the cake board and covered in buttercream, with the surface nice and smooth:Purse Cake Buttercream

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:Purse Cake Accents

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:Purse Cake Stencils

Here you can see many of the reference photos of the clutch that are required to refer back to as the cake progresses:How to Make a Purse Cake

The lines of the clutch are marked carefully using a flexible acetate strip as a guide:How to Cover Purse Cake Fondant

The snakeskin texture was created by pressing a mesh texture onto fondant. This was then hand-painted using a paintbrush ans a combination of red, brown, and orange food colouriPurse Cake Snakeskinng:

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: Giftbox Cake

Here is the finished cake: Designer Purse Cake Bottega Veneta

Shopping Bag Cake Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta Cake Knotted Clutch


26 thoughts on “Bottega Veneta Designer Knotted Clutch Purse Cake

  1. Beautiful work; can you please share what type of internal structure you used for the shopping/gift bag? I see there are 7 layers of cake. Also what were the widths and lengths of it please?
    Thank you so much. Debbie

    • Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for your question. The internal structure of the cake is just a simple cake board and dowels. The bag measured about 16 inches long, about 10 or 11 inches tall, and was about 5 inches at it’s widest point.

      Hope that helps & thank you for looking,

  2. Amazing cake 🙂 You have a great talent
    (IMO -> some paper tissue on top of the paper bag would have made it look more realistic.)

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    • Hello Cheral,

      Thank you for your question. It was a tricky process, but here is a summary: the bottom inward curve of the purse is styro and is firmly attached to the cake board. The upper portion of the purse is cake. There is a center dowel runs up the center to help hold the cake in place. The cake is covered in Swiss Meringue buttercream before fondant to add stability.

      Hope that helps,

  4. Wonderful!
    did you put a dowel stick through the layers of the shopping bag?
    How did the handles stand up?

  5. How did you manage to drape the white fondant over and around all your items without it hurting the cakes, ripping, and still looking seamless? Thanks!

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