I have wanted to make a shoe cake for a very long time. The only problem was that it didn't really fit anyone that I knew. Then last November I started taking dance lessons from Brian Wong at Chicago Dance Factory. And suddenly, I had a reason to make a shoe cake.
Almost every Wednesday you can find me swing dancing at West Coast Wednesdays at Galway in Elmhurst. If you have ever wanted to learn to dance - you should come try it out! There is often some kind of cake or dessert whenever someone has a birthday. So when my birthday landed on a Wednesday - I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
A dancing shoe cake.
First I had to make the shoes. Thank you so much to Christina who gave me some of her old dancing shoes to use as a model!
|Started with a dancing shoe.|
First, I cut apart the shoes. This was kind of fun and kind of scary at the same time.
|Dancing shoe cut into pieces.|
And now they had to dry.
I made the cakes and they turned out great! Yay for figuring out the new oven!
The usual late night. Hem hem, I mean I went to bed really really on time!
I found a bunch of silhouettes of dancing couples online and printed them out. I tried to pick ones that were simple so they wouldn't be too difficult to cut out of fondant. I could hear my mother's voice in my ear saying, "Really, that's simple????"
Then I rolled out the white fondant, traced the silhouettes with a knife and voila! Beautiful, simple decorations for my chocolate cake. I did four on the sides and one on the top. It took a lot longer to make them then it took for you to read this paragraph.
Then I had to finish the shoes. I took the fondant pieces off of the shoe and added the heels. Then I glued on the strap and buckle.
The only problem was that the shoes looked, well, pink. I had kind of been going for the black white and red look.
So then I had a brilliant idea. Wilton sells this color spray for decorating purposes. I figured I could spray the shoes red and that would be perfect!
Well, the spray didn't work exactly the way I thought it would. It was very runny and the color ran down the shoe as I tried to make sure I covered the entire thing. Oh well, I thought. It made the shoe look more realistic and, well, used.
|The finished shoe.|
I had to cart the cake and the shoes (separately) to work, then to my dance lesson, and finally to Galway for West Coast Wednesdays. And then I put the whole thing together.
Of course I forgot my Ipad at home that day, (you know, the Ipad that comes to work with me every single day of the week, so annoyed). So I didn't have a camera with me to take pictures. Instead, I borrowed my friend Ken's super awesome camera to take these shots (thanks Ken!). These are probably the best cake pictures I will ever have.
The shoes looked so good, more than one person was concerned about eating the cake that had someone's dance shoes sitting on it . . . . .
|Beautiful and realistic looking fondant dancing shoe. It looks like you could try it on!|
My friend Beth graciously offered to provide plates and forks. She and Rosa helped me pass out the cake. I cut about three quarters of it, left some slices on the counter and walked away for about 10 minutes. When I came back, the cake had disappeared! As always, it tasted as good as it looked.
Happy Birthday to me!