I accepted a cake challenge for a friends birthday with a red and black color theme. G had a particular cake design in mind-a red shoe and red bag with some black outline on top of a carrot cake. With two weeks to prepare I searched net and found lots of help watching youtube and blog tutorials on how to carve a bag cake and shape a shoe. PinkCakeBox tutorial on high-heel shoe and ChefGRFX bag tutorial helped me to complete the cake as well as the lovely cakers over at CakeCentral.
A week before my deadline I made some practice cake and shoe using a homemade fondant . First I had a hard time with my usual fondant recipe it just won’t hold it’s shape, after I cover the cake I see holes on the side of the bag it seem that the fondant was melting. As the deadline came closer and my warm hands and fondant wont just work together I decided to buy a ready rolled fondant and gumpaste mix at Tavola.
Another challenge was to keep the high-heel shoe stand up, I shaped 6 shoes and as soon as the heel is attached and dried it breaks. So the night before the cake was due carefully I laid the shoe on top of the cake turn my back and brewed a cup of tea a minute after guess what?! Yes the shoe gave up on me once again. It’s 1 am and I knead my gumpaste color it red and shaped shoe #7 and #8 and whispered a prayer to fondant fairies for please let it dry. G’s party was at 7pm the sole and heel had enough time to dry I have to stick them together 4 hrs before we head out to give it some more time to dry.
The next day in between preparing food, entertaining V and cleaning I attach the heel to the sole and let it rest hoping and wishing luck was on my side besides it was Friday the 13th.
Slowly I lift G’s red shoe from the mat and place it beside the bag, stared at the shoe for a minute grab the camera and snap photos to have some proof that I did finish the cake as required now on to the next challenge of travelling the cake from Al Ghusais to Al Riqqa.
I’m happy to announce that the both shoe and bag stayed on top with no signs of falling. G’s happy reaction was priceless! Other guests loved the design as well.