Purse Cake Tutorial!

Like I said in a recent post Thanksgiving was a lot of fun for me and one of the reasons it was extra special is because my niece’s birthday landed right on it!  So I thought I would make her a purse cake for her birthday this year.  I loved hearing all of your wonderful purse suggestions and looked at many styles along the way. For this purse cake I have to say that I didn’t really go with one exact purse, but rather combined different elements of purse cakes and other cake details that I have seen and wanted to try out.  I also tried to take some photos along the way so you could see how the basic structure is built.  Hope you enjoy it!

My niece requested Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, so that is what I made.  I baked the cake off in two half-sheet pans and then cut each pan in three parts, so there was six layers all total.  I layered the cake and at about four inches height I dowelled the cake and put my cardboard piece on so that the cake would be more stable.  I then stacked the cake a little more and started carving away until I got the shape I wanted.

I then frosted the cake in vanilla buttercream and let it set up in the fridge for a couple hours.  Next I covered the cake with fondant in two stages so that I could get the ruffled effect.  

Then I used a zipper mold to make the zipper and placed it in the middle of the cake.

To get the color I used a mixture of lemon extract, petal dust, and luster dust and painted the cake by hand.  I then painted the accents gold.  

For the final details I scored the cake down the center and painted the lines gold and brown.  Then I placed gold dragees up the center of the cake.  To finish off the cake I borrowed my sister’s broach and put it as the final detail.  (I could’ve attempted to make one out of sugar, but didn’t have the time)

Here are some more pictures from Thanksgiving!

Thanks for checking out my photos!

 

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31 Responses to “Purse Cake Tutorial!”

  1. Aimee says:

    A plus on the cake, Melody. It’s awesome! Very cool breakdown of how you did it. Thanks!

  2. Megan says:

    Oh Melody – thanks for the tutorial. Maybe I’ll attempt a cake like this for my mom’s birthday. It’s always easier when you break down the steps – of course everything is easier once you know how!!

  3. Psychgrad says:

    Excellent tutorial! There is so much work put into making one of these cakes. What do you do with all of the leftover cake that has been carved away?

  4. Y says:

    Your niece is adorable, and that cake is cute too!

  5. Kathy says:

    Fabulous work…you’re a rock star! Merry Christmas! :o)

  6. Cookienurse says:

    Beautiful, simply beautiful! I hope you consider doing a book someday!!

  7. Pearl says:

    You are so creative and she looks SO happy!

  8. Ingrid says:

    Great photos, cool cake and a cutie niece all in one post!! We hit jackpot!

    Looks like everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your niece a happy birthday!
    ~ingrid

  9. SuzieQ says:

    The cake looks absolutely beautiful!!!! But, what I want to know is where is the recipe for the carrot cake? I love carrot cake and yours looks like one I’d like to try.

  10. * tonya * says:

    Wow, thanks for the tutorial. I don’t think mine could ever turn out half as good as this though. One day maybe.

  11. sugared says:

    Fantastic cake; great tut and adorable niece! Love it all!

  12. Emiline says:

    What a cute cake, and so very moist-looking! I haven’t had carrot cake in so long.

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving. I like your hat.

  13. Emily says:

    Sorry, I need to change this to my real name.

  14. mrs k says:

    That’s a labor of love!

    Questions
    1. the painting- do you use food coloring to paint it or is there another paint out there for cakes mixed in with those other ingredients?

    2. How do you transfer the cake from the cardboard to the serving platter after it’s done? Gah! I would so totally ruin it!!

    Beautiful niece!

  15. morgana says:

    Wow!!! Great cake! I love the luster pink look and inside the cake looks so moist and yummy…

  16. Happy Cook says:

    WOw i loves seeing how the cake was made. Why didn’t i have a aunty who made me these wonderful cakes for me.

  17. Jacki says:

    You are very talented!

  18. Laura says:

    It’s beautiful! you’re so talented! : )

  19. Maya says:

    Very impressive!

  20. cakebrain says:

    That cake looks gorgeous! and the actual cake looks totally moist and delicious too!
    getouttahere! zipper mold? I’ve never seen such a thing! that’s so cool!

  21. gaga says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful! You put so much detail into it too, it looks perfect.

  22. Bunny says:

    I love it!! And I loved seeing how you made it too!!

  23. Leslie says:

    Darling cake. She looked soooo excited! How cute!!!

  24. bigboysoven says:

    this is awesome, thanks for sharing such a joyful creation! just love your style, in and out!

  25. Jacque says:

    Oh my! is that ever a cute purse cake… for a cute little girl!

    I reallylike the pleated style too… very chic.

  26. Udy says:

    Hi,
    I love work and I would appreciate it if you can give me an idea on how to make a wine bottle with fondant pleaseeee.
    Thanks
    Udy.

  27. [...] you mostly get designer purse impersonations which I didn’t want.  Then I stumbled on this cake from My Sweet & Saucy.  I love her style anyway and she inspired my first carved purse [...]

  28. I saw your blog bookmarked on Reddit. I love your blog and articles. Keep up the great work.

  29. cakeMaker says:

    That is a nice cake. How long did it take you to make?

  30. Barbara says:

    I LOVED IT!!
    Have you posted more? Do you have DVD for sale ? plase let me know soon?

  31. Barbara says:

    I also would like to know how to make a wine bottle.

    Can you help me ?

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