Mary Poppins arrived carrying her magical carpet bag….everyone remembers that don’t they?
Recently an opportunity came up for me to make a cake for a Mary Poppins fan. There were no specific requests as the recipient had no idea I was doing it for her. I thought about doing a Mary Poppins silhouette cake, an umbrella cake, and a hat cake. Finally I remembered her magical carpet bag.
This cake is my modern version of a carpet bag, much smaller than the original duffle style bag. As things are warming up here in Texas, I went with some brighter colours for the flowers. To give the impression that the flowers were part of the carpet bag fabric, I applied gentle pressure with the rolling pin to integrate them into the chocolate fondant. I then used one of my Sugarveil mats as an impression mat to give texture.
The challenge for me with this cake was that I wanted to be able to carry it just like a handbag. The whole cake is edible except for the handle (which is leather), my magic!
Inside are chocolate and vanilla cakes layered and covered with chocolate ganache.