High-heel cakes are a fun surprise for the fashionista in your life. When creating high-heel cakes, the level of difficulty should depend on your overall skill level as well as the time you have to create the cake. Some high heels can be completely edible, while others can be partially edible. No matter what medium you use, the high heel itself should say something about the personality of the recipient.
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Gum-paste shoes are one of the more difficult types of high-heel cakes to make. Gum paste is rollable sugar dough that hardens to a ceramic-like consistency. Creating a gum-paste shoe requires previous experience working with gum paste as well as about two days to complete the cake and allow it to dry fully. A gum-paste high heel can be paired with a purse cake, placed on top of several cakes made to look like shoe boxes or even just placed on top of a small round cake.
Cake shoes are the most difficult type of shoe to make because the high heel itself is made from cake. Since there is no way to make a complete high heel out of cake so it's stable, a wooden or plastic frame must be used. You can buy these high-heel cake frames online or at your local cake-decorating store. Then use a pre-baked sheet cake to cut pieces out and form around the high heel frame. Cover the shoe with fondant and gum-paste accents. You can find shoe frames from 6 to 24 inches tall.
Inedible toppers can be used if you do not have time to create an edible high heel. Purchase a toy high heel shoe or order a high-heel cake topper online. Place your inedible topper on a quilted pink box cake, an open shoebox cake or even a sheet cake. Add a decorations to the inedible toy heel -- flowers, bows or even sequins.
Photo cakes are fairly simple to do, especially if you don't have much time. Edible photos are printed on special rice paper with edible inks. Find a picture of your favourite high heel and take it to a local bakery or cake decorating supply store to have it print out the edible image. Place the rice paper image on top of a frosted sheet cake or round cake.
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