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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Purse Cake: Black Crocodile with Gold Accents

Over the weekend I took a purse cake class with Kristin Clark of Just Think Cake and I had a great time. I already had in mind what kind of cake that I wanted to make and I knew that I wanted it to be black, so with that I created this cake.

It all started with two things, a 15 x11 sheet cake and buttercream. The sheet cake was a homemade vanilla sour cream pound cake. The buttercream was mocha cappuccino flavored. This is the first time that I made this flavor of buttercream, so I was looking forward to tasting it combined with the cake.

Now building the structure of the cake comes along. The sheet cake was divided into 3 equal parts vertically and stacked with buttercream filling in between. The cake was then crumb coated. For stability I inserted 6 staggered dowel rods into the top of the cake.

The fun part of putting the cake together was applying the fondant and adding the gold accents, which really made the purse pop. This is edible gold, which is a mix of lemon extract and liquid gold, which can be found at Global Sugar Art .


Above are some detailed photos of the cake highlighting different things. The first photo highlights the handles of the purse. I gave them some stitching detail and put gold dragees to look like the hardware. The second photo gives you a closer look at the zipper. I hand sculpted the zipper and the zipper pull and painted both of them with the liquid gold.

The third photo is a closeup of the crocodile imprint that is on the fondant. This turned out really nicely and it looked so authentic.


Here is a picture of me at the cake decorating class. I had a great time making this purse cake and I will be making more in the near future. I want to play with sculpting more purse shapes out of cake and adding even more detail to them. I hope that you all have a great week and stay safe during this Thanksgiving week.

Savor the Baking,




  1. eek! this is so amazing, chineka! at first glance, i thought to myself that i was on the wrong site since i was coming to look at a food blog. :)

    1. ha ha....Thanks Grace. I'm glad that you liked this post. :-)