Our dear shoe-loving friend Erin is getting married soon, and this past weekend was her “Head Over Heels In Love” themed bridal shower. As the maid of honor, Christie volunteered to make a shoe-shaped cake for the occasion. She’s well known for her ability to create beautiful, structurally sound theater props and set pieces, but a sculpted, fondant-covered cake was an entirely new challenge, the likes of which none of us has ever undertaken. With our dual loves of crafting and baking, the Razzle Frazzle team set to work on our most delicious DIY project yet (if only to eat the cake trimmings).
The idea was to recreate the shoe Christie is wearing to the wedding (because it’s a fantastic and fabulous shoe that just happens to match their wedding colors). For our first go at professional-grade cake making with zero professional training or experience, we think we did a pretty damn good job.
Here’s how we did it:
Step 1: Build a base out of corrugated cake boards and black posterboard. Create an enormous heel by wrapping duct tape around a wooden ruler and cardboard scraps.
Step 2: Find the perfect recipe. It’s one thing to build a dense, sturdy cake, but ultimately it has to taste good. We settled on Alton Brown’s Devil’s Food Cake recipe with a raspberry chocolate mousse filling (recipe coming eventually…forgot to take a picture! Fear not; it shall be made again).
Step 3: Carefully stack, fill and cut the cake into the shape of a shoe. It may look like a yacht at first.
Step 4: Spread buttercream frosting on the cake. Then, using intense aerial acrobatics, cover the cake with rolled fondant.
Step 5: Decorate the cake with gel icing, frosting, and sprinkles.
Step 6: Impress everyone with your masterpiece.
-Christie, Danielle & Nicole