Crocodile Handbag

Madeira Cake


Preparation info

  • Serves


    • Difficulty


Appears in

The Birthday Cake Book

The Birthday Cake Book

By Fiona Cairns

Published 2011

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My fantasy cake! I’ve made a burgundy crocodile bag, but make any bag of your choice. A Mulberry maybe, or a Louis Vuitton; you’ll save your pennies and there’s no waiting list. Remember: the more food colour in the sugarpaste, the harder it will be to use.


For the Cake and to Decorate

  • 1 kg white sugarpaste
  • claret food colour paste
  • 50 g Mexican modelli


The day before you decorate the bag, colour all the sugarpaste with the claret food colour to make a burgundy shade. If you try to do this on the day, because you are adding so much colour you may struggle to roll it out. Also, colour the modelling paste for the handles the same colour. Roll it into a sausage, about 30x10cm, and bend into a ‘U’ shape with a 7c