3D sculpted Clark’s Shoe Cake

A wearable cake? Not quite, but it almost looks like it!

We tend to get a lot of requests to recreate people’s favourite things in cake. DKO (aka Snow) loves his Clark’s original shoes so much that he recently bought 6 pairs! As his birthday is in late October, which makes him a scorpio, his wife requested that we add an edible scorpion figure to the cake as well.

When making a cake to look like a real life object we like to have the real thing as a model, when we can. This helps us to get the shape and details as close as possible. This particular cake was 3 days in the making but the time-lapse video reduces all that work into just a few minutes! I wish we really could work that quickly!!

 

With this cake I was lucky enough to have the real shoe as my model.

I first started by taking a photograph of both the sole and side profile to have as guides.

The real shoe.
The sole of the real shoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then used the sole print out as a template to start cutting out and stacking each shoe from slab cake. Once stacked, they set in the fridge for about an hour to make the cake more firm. I then carved a more exact shape and did a rough masking using swiss meringue buttercream. They went back into the fridge to set the buttercream and then I refined the shape using a small offset pallet knife and my hands.

After custom colouring the fondant to the right colour I covered  the front of the shoe, including the tongue, first and then wrapped a larger piece around the sides and back. The next step is to trim the top edge with darker brown modelling chocolate and the front with the same tan fondant. To get the appearance of stitching I used a small #1 piping tip to indent small holes around the front then pipe the “stitch” marks from hole to hole with royal icing.

The left cake shoe completed

I used the tan fondant mixed with some xylose powder (for more structure) for the shoe laces. I rolled it through my pasta press and used the linguini setting to cut it into even thin strips.

For the sole,  I secured a strip of ivory modelling chocolate around the base of each shoe, used a brand new, clean kitchen sponge to give it texture then dusted it with brown, edible petal dust to give it a more realistic look.

The scorpion is then sculpted out of modelling chocolate with the legs being made over thin wire for support.

Both shoes are placed on the cake base over plastic straw dowels for support to ensure that they do not sink into the cake.

The final product
The chocolate scorpion sits on top in it’s DKO vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had the pleasure of creating every birthday cake for DKO (aka Snow) for the past 6 years and were lucky enough to have done his wedding and anniversary cakes as well as cakes for his in-laws and wife. Their entire family is great to work with and we always look forward to what the next creation might be!

Double Wedding

Back in the fall of 2009 I had the pleasure of working with Tia and Tamera Mowry on the set of the Lifetime movie “Double Wedding”. Not only was I the on set cake consultant, but I created the “shoe cake” which is featured in the movie’s trailer and I was asked by the director to be an extra in the “cake competition” scene. Here are a few photos from the set as well as the “shoe cake”. I do have to say that it was a delight working with both Tia and Tamara. They are so nice! The movie will air on the Lifetime network in the US Sunday, June 20th 2010. You can view the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujk_YPCX7gI

Novelty Cakes

Today cakes don’t have to be simply round or square. They don’t even have to look like a cake! Your special occasion cake can look like a purse, a pair of shoes, a chair and ottoman, a stack of books, a bushel of apples or a basket of summery fruit. The possibilities are endless just let your imagination go wild. We always take pride in our cakes when people walk into a room and can’t tell where the cake is when they’re staring right at it. That’s when we’ve done our job right when the bushel of apple cake doesn’t even look like a cake at all but a nice decor item in someone’s country home. Below are some photos of novelty/carved cakes we’ve had fun working on recently. Make sure to also check out our other blogs on Birthday, Wedding and Occasion cakes for other novelty ideas.