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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  1. Hi Ann, im in the process of making the shoe. I cant seem to find the template for how round the heel should be at the top. The part that you taped to the book. Or what am i missing? I have the angle, and the shape. So only 2 templates for the heel? Is this correct? Sorry if i missed anything. I love your work!! Regards, Jackie.

    • Hi Jackie, It is the same as the sole of the shoe. Just use the heel par trimmed to fit.

  2. Hi I really want to make this shoe but I can’t find the link for the template. It says at the top of the page but my screen has no link 🙁

  3. Oops — meant to say I made the shoe a week ago, not the cake in my first comment.

  4. You are so talented! Maybe you have an answer for me; I have made a glass slipper out of white chocolate and it’s quite heavy; making the pillow cake tomorrow, but I am worried that when I place it on the pillow, it may crush the cake. It’s been suggested that I put a skewer in the shoe to push into the cake, but it’s too late for that as I made the cake a week ago and it’s hard as a rock. Should I just put dowel rods into the cake where the shoe will sit; will that solve my worries about it crushing the cake? Thanks for any suggestion you can give.

  5. I just love seeing someone who uses their gifts & talents to be ultimately creative! What beautiful recipes and videos! Keep it up! You’re fantastic.

    • Hi Susan, Thanks for the feedback.

  6. hi Ann .
    I followed your instructions with the shoe and was really pleased with how it turned out in the end.
    love watching your videos . keep it up 🙂

    • Hi Carla, This looks amazing. Well done.

  7. where is the link to download the shoe stencil|?

  8. Your videos are so good

    • Thanks Bubblegum!

  9. Can you make a horse cake

  10. Hi Ann, I am from India. I wanted to know if I could buy the template as the price in in A$ and have no option to buy as Indian Rupee. I was confused if I could still buy it. If not, would you be able to tell me as to what to do about it. Thanks in advance

    • Hi Priya, You may find that your region is not accepted for online purchases, hence you are not seeing the price in local currency. This is not our decision but rather a parameter of the purchasing platform. Hopefully they will include your country in the future.

  11. Please help me . I want to buy the pattern but it doesn’t work when I try to place the order. I didn’t quite get the email site for support you sent me. P.S I love you website !!!!

  12. Hi Melinda, The heel is located on the last page of the template. If you still can’t locate it, please email Tech Support and let them know: [email protected]

  13. Hi, I ve bought the template but can’t get the tutorial to work, just comes up saying there is an error, please help. Ann

    • Hi, I ve found the video on utube so no problem, the curved pattern for the heel is missing but I estimated myself, great shoe cake.

      • Hi Ann, So glad this worked out for you. We have double checked the template and the heel is definitely there on the last page of the template.

    • Hi Ann, The utube video appears to be working fine. This could be possibly a few different issues at your end such as an out of date flash player or a browser issue. Try going to the utube site and watching it there:

  14. hi anne reardon where exactly do we print out the templates for your stuff

  15. You are amazing if I could be half as good I would be happy but I am improving all the time from watching your videos you have given me a love of baking and cant wait to see more tutorials

  16. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the tutorial, with regards to the fondant, what type of fondant works best? modelling paste or normal fondant with cmc powder? if so how much? thanks

    • Hi dilly, you can use either, I put around 1/4 tsp to 125g fodnant

  17. Thank you so much for this idea I love it! I did made a shoe cake for my sisters birthday and she truly loved it. Thank you again and keep up the good work!

  18. Hi Ann!

    First, I want to say I love your tutorials, fridays are real highlights of the week for me! 🙂

    Now my question: I’d like to make the shoe two to three weeks ahead, where and how would you recommend I should store it? After it has dried out, should I wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the freezer? Or can I just leave it outside? I don’t want dust to stick to it.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Laura – I believe it would be best stored in a paper cake box at room temperature until needed. DO NOT CHILL or FREEZE as condensation will melt your shoe!

      • Thank you, Leslie! A valid point, I didn’t think of that!!

    • Hi Laura, I leave things at room temp on top of the fridge (so it doesn’t get bumped) loosely covered in plastic wrap over the top to stop the dust but by loose I mean it is just sitting on top so the air can still get in and the fondant really dries out.

      • Thank you very much! I’m so excited about what the birthday girl’s reaction will be like! 🙂

  19. ann you are tha best coocar i evar see

  20. sogood

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