Getting the shoe to be realistic was like learning to be a shoe maker, as I had to take apart a real shoe to make my patterns and forms. I also made the mistake of using fondant instead of gum paste the
first time around. After many problems, it occurred to me that I should seek some guidance. That came in the form of a book called Confettti Cakes
by Elisa Strauss.
The hardest part of making this cake for me was the waiting time. I like INSTANT gratification, and this shoe takes days to make. I think it was worth the wait, but certainly not an easy thing for me. My other issue (still to be worked out) was painting the strips onto the shoe and hatbox. I used gel colors and lemon extract. The stuff just didn’t want to dry. A week later, it was still transferring onto anything that came in contact with it.
I loved working with the “tissue” paper. Fondant, when rolled thin, takes on a fabric-like quality that is so fun to play with. I have a background in draperies and sewing, and this just was so satisfying to do. The cake itself left me wanting for a better recipe. My friend likes Red Velvet cake and I attempted it for this project. I felt that it was dry and bland and will not be using this recipe again. I
am still searching for a delectable Red Velvet formula.