Photo Tutorial: DIY Sculpted Shoe Cake

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.

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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.
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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.
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Step 4: Spread buttercream frosting on the cake. Then, using intense aerial acrobatics, cover the cake with rolled fondant.DIY Shoe Cake - Razzle Frazzle (4)

Step 5: Decorate the cake with gel icing, frosting, and sprinkles.
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Step 6: Impress everyone with your masterpiece.
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-Christie, Danielle & Nicole

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9 thoughts on “Photo Tutorial: DIY Sculpted Shoe Cake

  1. MegansBeadedDesigns July 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm Reply

    This is freaking amazing. I want one for my next birthday!

  2. Erin (AKA shoe loving, getting married soon, dear friend) July 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm Reply

    I absolutely loved it!!! Also I was crazy impressed and didn’t even realize you guys made it at first bc it was done so well I just didn’t even put together the words that were being said to me! You guys are amazing!!!!

  3. Marianne Neville Cammarata July 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Not only was the cake spectacular, it was delicious, too! Great job, ladies!

  4. Organizational Specialist July 19, 2013 at 12:27 am Reply

    Wow, that is an amazing cake!

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  6. Bethany Bayer March 18, 2014 at 3:30 am Reply

    I would love to take a stab at this. Could you give me a little more detail on how you created the base? I would really appreciate it.

    • Nicole April 1, 2014 at 6:41 pm Reply

      Sure thing, Bethany (sorry for the delay in response)! We cut a shoe sole out of a cardboard cake base and bent it to create the curved shape of a high-heeled shoe. Then, we hot glued an ‘X’ made out of interlocking cardboard pieces to provide support for the front part, and used a cut wooden ruler duct taped in layers with thin cardboard rectangles for the heel. The outside of the front part is just more cake board covered in black construction paper. Hope this helps…I wish we had taken more pictures during the process!

      • meli September 17, 2015 at 10:43 am

        this is awsome thank you for the tutorial.. if you ever do anymore send pics 😉 the base is awsome..
        the shoe is sooo pretty one of a kind.. thank you again..

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