And finally the finished cake and shoe! I absolutely loved making this cake, I felt I really captured the client’s personality and style. I added a few details like a pair of blue stud earrings, a necklace with the client’s initial, and a “Blessed” placard. I even add a shoe upc label with the client’s name and birthday included…I’m so glad she love it!
Today is the day I make all the finishing touches to the sho. I handpainted a darker blue to parts of the reptile imprint and used a mixture of corn syrup and alcohol to brush on the shoe, this created a shiny blend on the shoe which looked great. Keep in mind, if you didn’t want a colorbleed on your shoe, I would be careful about using this technique, just carefully blot on.
I added a red under sole and a LV logo with a black food color pen and also added a strip with a button.
Day 3 is all the decorating, my favorite part. The pastiallage is rock hard, I love this stuff, this is the first time I’ve worked with it so at first I was a bit, you have to work fast because it dries fast. I’ll be using this instead of fondant for now on just because it dries so much harder in a faster time and provides a more stable foundation for the entire shoe.
I’ll add a tutorial on how I make the pastiallage soon.
So today, I airbrush the shoe with a mix of pearl and blue, I’ll be a bit sporadic with the color because I want that multi-colored look, and I’ll be hand painting it.
See you on Day 4
I am so in my element when doing these types of cakes. I love it when my customer says,”I trust your gift, surprise me”. So, I take what they tell me about what they want and their personality and I let my creative muse take control. This is actually day two, I baked the cake and froze it until this Tuesday, where I’ll take it out to thaw and get started preparing it Tuesday night. Th cake is due on Thursday, I may talk the client into giving me 1 more day so I’ll have more time to,work on the shoe. (I’ll post a pic of where I stopped with the shoe tonight).
I’m loving this new (new to me) technique I thought of the other day while perusing (is that the right word??) the aisles of Michales Craft store. I bought some little wooden letters, and simply place them on fondant (pushed down a bit, to make a ridge) and airbrush or use color spray…(I’m sure cake designers have been doing this FOREVER, but it’s new to me) remember…I’ve only been a cakes for a little over 1 year, so EVERYTHING is new to me. I just love the clean look it makes, if you’re careful not to get the spray under the letters…
So N.T. Way, this is day 2 of the LV cake and shoe…oh by the way, as I’m making the shoe, I’m watching Elisa Strauss’s newest Craftsy video: Runway Ready, More high-fashion heels. I love her, she seems so sweet, I’d live to meet her one day. Her teaching style is so perfect and detailed. I learn a ton of stuff in such a short amount of time.
Until we meet again..on Day 3.
White Chocolate Ganache Recipe
24 oz White chocolate chips (use any kind that you like)
2 cups Heavy whipping cream
1. Mix together chocolate and cream in a microwave safe bowl
2. Microwave 2 minutes. Gently stir. Then 2 more minutes or until chocolate is almost all melted
3. Take out and stir gently, then whisk until completely smooth
4. Cover for a few hours so it can thicken or place in refrigerator for late use.
Yields: 4 cups
My notes: this recipe was actually half of what you see above, but I doubled it because I like to have more just in case I need it. You can easily half the recipe above for a smaller batch. I’m covering a 5″ high 9×6″ cake, and I’m not sure how much I’ll actually need. I’m filling the cake with a buttercream frosting.
I’m making a shoebox cake and need the edges to be sharp so that’s why using a ganache instead of just buttercream.
I actually learned a super easy way to make ganache from a recipe from mcgreevycakes.com ( I luuuuuve her by the way). She has some of the most awesome, helpful tutorials and videos available. You must check her out.
So the ganache is in the fridge until I need it. When I need it, I’ll take it out and let it warm to room temperature, then place in the microwave for a minute or less to soften enough to spread.