This is one is for all my shoe crazy girl friends.
Ordered for a customer who loves pink shoes, this was one fun girly cake to make!
As recommended by several fellow bloggers, I referred to the excellent tutorial by PinkCakeBox for instructions.
For a start, I went down to the shops and bought a pair of high heeled shoes. The straps of the left one were cut off to give me the base I needed for shaping the shoe.
A paper template was made from this shoe and was used to cut out the pink and black gumpaste to the right shape and size.
The gumpaste was then left on the base to dry out for about 3-4 days. The strap around the toes was placed around some crumpled clingfilm and stuck on to the base with royal icing. The strap was left to dry in this shape for 2-3 days.
The heel was made from gumpaste using the measurements of the shoe. A barbeque skewer was passed through it and the structure was left to dry on a cake dummy for a week.
The cake was made from 2 halves of a 10″ square chocolate cake stacked up to give the correct height.
To give it a box like effect, the 4 faces of the box were cut out from very stiff sugarpaste (lots of CMC added) that was left to harden overnight.
The edges were placed alongside the box and gently pressed to stick on to the ganache.
The lid of the box was made from sugarpaste mixed with a bit of CMC to allow it hold its shape better. It was rolled out such that each side was 2cm more than the top face of the box. This allowed it to be folded on top like the lid on a box.
The shoe was assembled just before placing on the board. The heel was stuck under the base using royal icing. The skewer in the heel was cut down to size to help it stay stable on the board.
The shoe is edible as it is made entirely from gumpaste. The next time you say “I’ll eat my shoe” just think of this one and you won’t regret it!