Happy Birthday, Lori! This was by far the fastest one of our cakes had come together, start to finish, to date. It's also much smaller, since it only needed to feed five people. The shape is fairly simplistic and the handles are just cut out of cardboard and covered in fondant, so overall it was more an exercise in piping than anything else. I had to take a little creative license with some of the Louis Vuitton designs, but kind of got a kick out of drawing them all the way around. In fact, I think that's my favorite thing about carving these cakes--the 360 degree view of the final product that you (or at least, I) just can't seem to capture on film. The staging was Tara's idea, as were the two handles (apparently, a purse with only one handle has to have a flap instead of a zipper).
Thank goodness one of us knows things like that.