Hot on the heels (sorry) of the dragon slaying shoe, I was asked to do another shoe cake – this time a friend of mine wanted to surprise one of his friend’s on her 50th birthday. He said she likes shoes and her favourite colour is red…apart from that, the design was left to me. Taking a huge amount of inspiration from the extremely talented Iris Rezoagli of Cake Dreams by Iris, I created this high heeled shoe cake.
The shoe box cake is a four layer vanilla Madeira cake, filled with strawberry jam and vanilla Italian meringue buttercream.The gumpaste shoe was made using the heel mould and sole cutter from the kit I used last time. However, because I decided to go with a platform sole, it was necessary to create my own toe and heel strap templates. There was some cursing involved. And maybe a little bit of pencil throwing. Got there in the end though.
The upper of the shoe was created using two layers of gumpaste; I made the lacy detail with a heart shaped cutter and two broderie anglaise cutters. I was initially planing to use Cake Lace but the lace mat I’d purchased wasn’t big enough, and patching bits together wasn’t going to work. Not to worry, Plan B came out just fine.
(As it happens, I have a future cake planned that will utilise the cake lace, and allows me time to buy a larger lace mat! That’s assuming I can make it work. General consensus is that it’s a doddle to use, but I reserve judgement until actual usage has occurred 😉 )
The bow on the shoe and the black flowers (of undetermined species) are both embellished with non-edible diamanté.
That said, I’m really, really pleased with how the shoe came together and the over all look of the cake. I had fun making it.
The recipient was reported to be delighted and amazed and so all is well in my little corner of the universe.