Coach Purse Cake

by Ryan Almeida
(Cambridge, Ontario, Canada)

I made this Coach purse cake for my sister's 30th birthday. This was my first attempt at a fondant cake. I am self-taught and learned a lot through reading cake blogs, watching Youtube videos, and watching TV shows like Ace of Cakes, Cake Boss, and Fabulous Cakes.

Cake:

My first attempt started with me making a red velvet cake with vanilla buttercream. The problem is when went to carve the stacked cake, it started to crumble and fell apart. This set me back with regards to time, so I had to do some quick online research to find out what type of cake would be best for carving that could be made in a short period of time.

The consensus online was to use a Betty Crocker yellow cake mix as a base and with an adjustment to the recipe to make it more stable (i.e. using more flour and less wet ingredients). I was able to make two of these cakes in a 13 x 9 cake pan. Once out of the oven, I let it cool for a bit and then wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer over night.

Fondant:

I made the fondant from scratch for all of the cake and decorations. I used a recipe for fondant that I found online. The ingredients included, unflavored gelatin, cold water, glucose, vegetable shortening, glycerin, and a lot of powdered sugar. I first put 1 tbsp + 1 tsp of gelatin in 1/4 cup of cold water for a couple minutes, until it turned into a paste.

With a double boiler, I put the gelatin mixture in the bowl to melt. I then added 1/2 cup glucose and stirred until combined. Next I added 2 tbsp vegetable shortening and any flavoring and food coloring. Last I added 1 tbsp of glycerin and stirred until combined.

I put about 4 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl and made a well in it so that I could pour the liquid sugar mixture into the center. I used a wooden spoon to work in the powdered sugar from the sides of the well.

When the mixture formed a ball, I put another 4 cups of powdered sugar on the counter and put the ball on it. I then kneaded it until most of the powdered sugar was incorporated and the fondant was still pliable but not too sticky or too stiff.

Chocolate Fondant:

To make the chocolate fondant, I used a 50/50 ratio of white fondant and modeling chocolate. To make the modeling chocolate, with a double boiler I melted about 7 ounces of dark chocolate. When it was fully melted, I took it off the stove and let it cool for a minute and then mixed in 1/4 cup of corn syrup. I made sure it was fully mixed and then put it in the fridge overnight.

The "Dirty" Work:

I cut the 13 x 9 yellow cake into various sized rectangles to form a somewhat long pyramid shape. I filled each layer with a simple vanilla buttercream. Next I carved the wristlet purse shape. Once I had the shape, I put the cake in the freezer to set for 30 mins.

I had premade a chocolate ganache to crumb coat the entire cake and once I was done I put it in the fridge to set for another 30 mins. (Tip: when working with ganache, have a glass with hot water close by to dip your spatula in when you're smoothing out the ganache). I then covered the entire cake with fondant.

Detailing and Decorations:

For the Coach Cs I used the 50/50 white fondant and modeling chocolate mixture. I then cut out circles with small shot glass. I then cut out the inner circle with the lid of a mini mickey rum bottle (the ones you get on the airplane). I cut out a rectangle from one side and the C was complete.

For the zipper, I took an oversized zipper that I bought and pressed it into a strip of fondant. I let the fondant dry for 3 days so that it was rock hard. This was now my mold that I could press fresh fondant into and use for the zipper on the top of the purse cake.

There were several decorations that were made free hand. They include: zipper tab, gold ring, side leather strips, wristlet strap, Coach horse and buggy logo, Coach name, and front leather badge with Coach logo on it. I colored the white fondant with gold Luster Dust (mixed with vodka) to make everything the gold color. I also used a tool to imprint a stitching design on all of the leather pieces.

The Finish:

I attached all the fondant details with vodka, which acted as glue. First I attached the zipper and surrounding leather piece around the zipper. Next I attached the leather strips along the side of the purse, so that I could attach the gold ring for the handle strap to hang from.

I then attached the horse and buggy logo and Coach name to the leather badge and then attached the entire piece to the front of the cake. The next part of the most time consuming which was attaching all of the Cs to the cake in the proper design pattern.

Once that was complete, all I needed to do was attach the strap to the gold ring and cut out the letters for the base. I brushed the entire cake with a small amount of vodka so that it could have a slight sheen to it.

That's how you make a Coach wristlet purse cake! It was definitely time consuming but it turned out great for my sister.

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Oct 24, 2011
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Wow
by: Anonymous

LOVE Coach & LOVE this cake! Well done!

Oct 16, 2011
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Impressive!
by: Bev

Who would've known this is a cake ... looks so real!

Oct 15, 2011
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yay
by: Anonymous

i love cake.

Oct 11, 2011
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Purse Cake
by: Anonymous

Awesome. What a nice cake.

Oct 09, 2011
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HOLY WOWZA
by: Anonymous

this is a cake? rad!

Oct 08, 2011
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pretty :)
by: cmenhuynh

it looks so real, amazing job. :)

Oct 07, 2011
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Very Creative!
by: Anonymous

Well done!

Oct 07, 2011
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Awesome!
by: Anonymous

Great work as always!

Oct 07, 2011
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Oct 07, 2011
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Impressed
by: Anonymous

Wow, I'm really impressed Ryan. Great work! You have lots of patience.

Oct 07, 2011
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Great Work!
by: Anonymous

Tres Cool!!

Oct 07, 2011
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Truly original
by: Anonymous

I attended the birthday party where the cake was presented.

I couldn't believe that it hadn't been made by a professional baker. It was (almost) too beautiful to eat. Not only was it beautiful and original - it was yummy too!

Oct 07, 2011
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amazing!
by: Anonymous

amazing!

Oct 07, 2011
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AMAZING!!!
by: Anonymous

WOW!!! Great job Ryan! You need to do this more often!!

Oct 06, 2011
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Wow!
by: Anonymous

Fantastic!

Oct 06, 2011
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super job
by: Michelle Silveira

AMAZING cake & super delicious!

Oct 06, 2011
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you are so talented brother!
by: Anonymous

thank you for this amazing birthday cake!!! it tasted as good as it looked :) xoxoxo

Oct 06, 2011
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best cake i've seen yet
by: Anonymous

JUST AMAAAAAZZZING

Oct 05, 2011
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WOOO
by: Lauren

I WANT ONE FOR MY BIRTHDAY!!! LOVE IT

Oct 05, 2011
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I Love IT
by: Tom Cruise

Who's the big winner....Ryan is!

Oct 05, 2011
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Nice work dude
by: Justin

Beauty

Oct 05, 2011
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Looks gooooood
by: Thiru

Nice job, Ryan.

Oct 05, 2011
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Great work
by: Anonymous

Great work

Oct 05, 2011
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nice cake
by: Amar'e

I like cake

Oct 04, 2011
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wow!!!
by: heidi

this is unreal!!!!!!!!

Oct 04, 2011
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wow
by: Anonymous

that looks awesome

Oct 04, 2011
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crazy cakez
by: Evan Tighe

Amazing job, Ryan!

Oct 04, 2011
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5 stars!
by: Anonymous

Amazing, Ryan! The detail is unreal!

Oct 04, 2011
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Awesome job!
by: Francis

Such an amazing job! This cake looks so real!

Oct 04, 2011
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Amazing!
by: Chantel

What an awesome cake Ryan!! :D

Oct 04, 2011
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AMAZING
by: Nadia Nauth

Wow Ryan didn't know you did this! you make my michael's fondont classes look like a joke!

Oct 04, 2011
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Wow
by: Dan

Super impressive work ryan

Oct 04, 2011
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THE FIRST AND MOST MEMORABLE
by: DANIELLE

I will never forget your sister's face when she saw this cake. The amount of work that went in to this cake is insane, but it all paid off. Great job ry! Love it!

Oct 04, 2011
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:D
by: Anonymous

I can't believe someone made that! It's amazing!!

Oct 04, 2011
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I want one!
by: Anonymous

I want one of my own!

Oct 04, 2011
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Great work
by: Anonymous

Awesome looking cake

Oct 04, 2011
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have your cake and carry it too
by: ThisChickKnowsCakes

Looks stylish and delicious!!

Oct 04, 2011
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Great job!
by: Jen Palumbo

Great job!! Looks delicious!

Oct 04, 2011
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WOW!
by: Anonymous

Fabulous! Very talented!

Oct 04, 2011
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awesome
by: Anonymous

Looks delicious!

Oct 04, 2011
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booya
by: Anonymous

I would but that purse...I mean cake for my baby mama

Oct 04, 2011
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K
by: Anonymous

K

Oct 04, 2011
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yummm
by: Anonymous

I want it!

Oct 04, 2011
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cake
by: Anonymous

cool

Oct 04, 2011
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its not a purse..its a CAKE!!
by: miss flood

does this sell at the same price as all other coach purses??!! AMAAAZING!!

Oct 04, 2011
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Amazing!
by: JW

This is top notch!

Oct 04, 2011
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SWEET
by: Alex

AMAZING

Oct 04, 2011
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Amazing!
by: Amad

This cake belongs on cakeboss!! Nice work.

Oct 04, 2011
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Uh oh
by: Jamal

I'm afraid my girl gon want one of these too!

Oct 04, 2011
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My kind of purse
by: Dylan

This is one purse I wouldn't hesitate about buying - you don't have to carry it for your girlfriend, you can eat it!

Oct 03, 2011
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Stunning!
by: Paige

Absolutely stunning. I bet it was hard for your sister to cut this masterpiece!

Oct 03, 2011
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Amazing cake!
by: George

This cake is so life-like. Looks like a real purse!

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