I had a little bit of time on my hands on Friday afternoon so decided to have a play making some gum paste baby shoes.
I purchased the Cake Structures Baby Shoe Former a while ago and thought I’d give it a go. The kit comes with one shoe former (mold) and a sole cutter. Included are 3 templates to make a mary-jane shoe, high-tops, and baby booties. I had a quick go at the mary-jane and high-tops to start with.
The instructions give you step by step photos of how to cut out the gum paste using the templates and put it all together. The only problem is that their method leaves the shoe former inside the gum paste shoe, with no way of getting it out. I decided to form the top of the shoes separately to the sole. After the top of the shoe was dry enough to remove from the former without collapsing, I cut out the sole and adhered the two together with a touch of water. I found the same method worked best for the Cowboy Boot former.
In addition to the instructions provided, I added a thin blue fondant strip to the sole of the high-top and a little star to each side. The shoe laces were made using my extruder, in hindsight, I think a slightly wider disc would have made more realistic shoe laces.
I added some cake lace to the mary-jane with a touch of water. I cut some pieces from a section that I had ready made. I made a tiny fondant flower for the strap button and it was done!
This photo (using my phone) shows the mary-jane before I added the cake lace.
I took a photo of them with a Rubik’s cube so you can see their size, cute!
These baby shoes were quick and easy to make and I will have fun making some more soon. A pair would look cute on the top of a tiered cake I think 🙂