Sooo…I’m taking a time-out from crochet tutorials and patterns to share these gumpaste high heel shoes I made (quite) a while ago.
They aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but I loved making them and I wish I had a whole cupboard full of gumpaste high heel shoes!
You know how they say girls are either “bag” girls or “shoe” girls? Well I am totally a shoe girl, despite the fact that I haven’t bought more than 3 pairs of pretty shoes since Pieter was born. But I digress.
I made this gumpaste high heel as a cake topper for my friend Liz’ sister’s birthday cake. Liz’ sister is Helen Dunne (hence the label on the shoe), author of Trixie Trader, Light as a Feather and “It’s Not You, It’s Me”.
I made the shoe using the template and instructions I found on CAKE STORIES by Rose Sen. She has some excellent links to video tutorials for making gum paste shoes, both with AND without a high heel kit.
The only hint I will add to her instructions is this: Sponges make excellent supports for a drying gumpaste shoe!!
I just wasn’t getting the right shape using wadded-up glad-wrap and as I was frantically rummaging through my cupboard I stumbled upon my stockpile of 3M sponges. I cut one into a triangular wedge to support the foot and heel of the shoe. I cut another one into a rounded pointy shape to support the toe.
Not only do the sponges keep their shape, but they also allow air to circulate, meaning a reduced drying time. Yep. Like my friend Mike always says: “Up there for thinking!”
For the pearl accent I used edible gumpaste pearls. I didn’t make these myself (laziness and time-constraints), but they are extremely easy to make. This tutorial by Earlene’s Cakes is a brilliant step-by-step tutorial for making your own gumpaste pearls.