This cake was made for a birthday party to celebrate Trisha tuning 40 (or 30+10!).
The shoe box was made from a 10″ square vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream. It was covered in white icing and given a lid made out of black icing. The bright pink went perfectly with the black and white and roses were placed around the cake, along with a bow and ribbon.
For the high heel shoe I used Renshaws modelling paste. It was the first time I had used this brand of modelling paste as I have always used Squires however they didn’t have any white Squires flower paste left in stock at the shop. I sought advice from the shop keeper and they recommended Renshaws as they use it for their models all the time and love it.
I coloured it pink using fuchsia pink edible colouring and using a shoe template I cut out the parts needed for the shoe, put it together and left it to dry. Cake toppers can be tricky at times when trying to ensure stability, especially when it’s warm weather. I ended up making 3 shoes before I was happy with the final look and confident it would stay stood up.
Hints and tips I learnt
- When it’s really warm use a piece of card underneath the sole of the shoe in an appropriate colour to help with the structure.
- Put all the pieces together as quickly as possible before letting it stand to completely set, as playing with it once it starts to set only upsets it and can cause cracks.
- Provide support for the shoe whilst it is setting to help it keep its shape – I made a stand out of card and tape which I placed under the arch until it was set.
I really enjoyed making this cake even with the shoe troubles in the warm weather. I hope Trisha had the best birthday ever and enjoyed eating cake to celebrate.