Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shoe Cake Toppers - Happy 30th Birthday Chhay!

Like the majority of females, my sister-in-law is obsessed with shoes. But she is the only one I know who owns around 50 pairs (that was around 3 years ago so it's significantly more by now I'd say. I think she's stopped counting at this stage). So it was only fitting that I make a cake decorated with shoes for her 30th birthday.

This is no doubt one of the trickiest cakes I've put together (compared to the steak cake and the butt cake). And making it harder was the fact we were having the party at the park which meant transporting the iced cake to the venue and then putting the shoes on after we arrived. Unfortunately the shoe on the right didn't make the full journey : ( No matter, the cake tasted fantastic. I was very impressed with how it turned out. Thank you to my wonderful friend Tina who sent me her reliable chocolate cake recipe. She's my go-to-cake-advice-buddy. You rock!

The cake itself wasn't hard to make it was just the shoes that were a nightmare. You know how fondant can be on a warmish day. And especially when you make your own fondant, it's not as good as the real stuff, but again I like to punish myself don't I?

So how to make the shoe topper? From this excellent website. Oh Nati you are amazing! She also provides a template for you to print out. Awesome!

On to how I made the shoes.....

My first attempt
The Sole...

The sole with heel

Another view
The lining. Upside down sorry
Lining on the sole

Using scrunched up cling film at the front to hold up the top of the shoe and stop it from collapsing

I stuck on cachous which ended up giving it that studded look
Second attempt

This heel was a disaster as you will see in the following photos

I gave the lining some stitching marks this time
The heel is collapsing!!!

Third and final attempt as I was well and truly over making shoes by now haha!
Starting to make the bow

Now for the cake itself. A simple cake which surprisingly didn't have any milk. Turned out to be really lovely and moist.

2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (I used vanilla paste)
2 2/3 cups plain flour
2/3 cups baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teasponos bicarb soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups boiling water
1. Boil the kettle while you prepare everything
2. Mix oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla
3. Sift dry ingredients together and fold into wet mixture with the 2 cups of boiling water
4. Mix until smooth, pour into greased tin
5. Bake at 180 degress for around 45mins

Dry ingredients

Wet ingredients

Mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients

All mixed and ready for the oven
I forgot to take a photo after I baked the cake. Here it's all baked and trimed and iced with chocolate gananche.

Chocolate Gananche
200g dark chocolate
200ml thickened cream
1. Using the double boiler method, melt chocolate (filing water in saucepan and bring to boiling point. Place chocolate in bowl and put it on top of the boiling saucepan making sure the bowl does not touch the water. Stir the chocolate until fully melted)
2. Pour the cream into the melted chocolate and mix
3. Take it off the heat and allow to cool for 15mins
4. Whip it up so it's light and somewhat fluffy and holds it's shape.
5. Smother the cake with it

My handwriting is terrible so I didn't want to attempt icing the message on, instead I went with fondant and little letter shaped cookie cutters. Much safer option.
Carted the cake to the park in my handy Wilton cake carrier and finished it off there.


Oh so moist!

Happy 30th birthday, Chhay! Hope you had a lovely day and of course many many many more. Try to curb your shoe addiction too : )
Lots of love from all of us


  1. ooh love the shoes and your step by step pics!

  2. That looks fantastic Brenda! Well done! Shoes are so deceptively hard to shape - probably one of the hardest things that I've done!