Ann Reardon

High Heel Shoe Cake

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“Is that a Jimmy Choo shoe?” a friend said from behind me when she walked in. I’d never heard of Jimmy Choo before making this cake so was impressed at her ability to recognise a fondant shoe without seeing the label side of the cake. So why did I make a Jimmy Choo high heel shoe cake you ask? This one is for Lisa, a dedicated youtube subscriber who is among the first to comment every week on the How To Cook That videos and has been requesting a pillow cake since May. There was also lots of shoe cake requests so I combined the two. After a quick internet search for expensive shoe brands I choose this $1000 fedora high heel shoe from the 2013 Jimmy Choo collection.

How many will this cake serve? That depends on your serving sizes or how big you cut your slices. This has the equivalent of 36 cupcakes in it once you account for off cuts so if you are giving a cupcake size serve it will serve 36.

To make the pillow cake you will need:
Red Velvet Cup cake Recipe x 4 baked as four tray cakes, my tray was 26cm (10.24 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches)
2 quantities of Cream Cheese Frosting or one of cream cheese and one of buttercream frosting
500g (17.64 ounces) red fondant (or colour of your choice)
100g (3.53 ounces) black fondant for cord
gold luster dust for cord
Optional: Fondant extruder for making the edging on the pillow fondant extruder

To make the fondant shoe you will need:

* The template


*330g (11.64 ounces) Black Fondant
*150g (5.29 ounces) Cream fondant (or white with a tiny bit of red and yellow gel colour added)
*40g (1.41 ounces) White fondant
* these are the amount of fondant used, so allow extra for rolling out.
Silver luster Dust for buckle
Black gel colour and fine paintbrush or black edible marker
25cm (9.84 inches) square cake board or similar sized cake plate
Texture Mat, I used one from kids book with texture mats at the back of it texture mats

See the video for detailed instructions on how to make the fondant shoe and pillow cake.

Print and cut out the template (link to template is near the top of this post) and set up the sole support as shown in the video
Make the buckle
Make the label
Make the sole in black and cream and put into place
Add the label and make stitch marks
Make the toe
Make the heel
Make the ankle loop in cream and black

Leave to dry

Make a paste and join the heel to the shoe, leave to set then add extra black to join
Add a toothpick and the back of the shoe
Make the middle and lower loops out of black and cream fondant and add to the shoe
Once set add the ankle loop to the shoe and the centre vertical piece
Add the decoration in black, green, blue and black starting at the base of the shoe

Leave to dry uncovered at room temperature

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by Ann Reardon How To Cook That

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89 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Hello Ann, I just purchased and received the Jimmy Choo shoe template. You make it look so easy, fingers crossed I will be able to create this masterpiece as well as you have. I do have one question however, the central vertical strap has a offset angle, I presume this would fit on the bottom strap? Would be extremely delighted if you could agree or correct me on this.
    Many thanks.
    Kindest regards
    Helen Loudon

  2. Hi Ann, thank you very much for the tutorial!
    I would like to ask your advise please. I want to make a Greek sandal for a cake and I have tried 2 times to do it with fondant but it always breaks. What do you suggest me to use instead of fondant? Do you think modeling paste will work? The sandal is the one in the photo below.
    Thank you in advance,
    Georgia (Greece)

  3. So this may not have been the best choice for a first time fondant user. But 3 shoes (and 7 ankle straps!) I came away with a fairly good first effort. Unfortunately my second shoe fell in on itself just 2 days before the party, so I didn’t have time to really let it set firm. But everyone was still very impressed. I know if I had a week or so to make a 4th attempt it would be much better, though still never as nice as Ann’s.

    • Hi Bryan, If that is what you achieved as a first timer then we are super impressed! Well done!

  4. Hi Anne, can you please tell me exactly how long your fondant pieces took to dry, and over how many days it took to make. Thanks

    • Hi Sem, Fondant pieces will dry at different rates depending on the weather, so we can’t give you an exact time frame. Fpr pieces like the shoe, it is good to give them a few days to a week to dry out at least.

  5. Hi Anne, just wanted to know what brand of fondant you used, because I heard that you should not use fondant but gum paste to set it hard.i tried in pettinence brand fondant plus tylose but it just did not set after 4 days.

  6. Hi! We are trying to make the shoe, but have trouble making the heel. The template for the round part of the heel is missing. How do we make the heel fit?
    Best regards Ida & Majken (Denmark)

  7. What is the long line for? It’s the one on the heel page?

    • You can ignore it, it has come across from another page 😀

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