Sneaker Cake Tutorial

Decorating By multilayered Updated 17 Nov 2014 , 4:04pm by Jeany

multilayered Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 2:41pm
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This is my first tutorial and I'm sorry I do not have enough pictures but hopefully the directions are clear enough regardless. If you have any questions, please pm me or feel free to email. Thanks, Andrea



Step1:Assembly
I made 3 9x13 cakes and 1 8x8, I leveled the cakes (saving the scrapes for use later)and stacked the 9x13's with crusting buttercream, I layered the 8x8 I placed the bottom layer on the top left of the 9x 13 stack, and cut the top in half and put that half in front of the other layer(to give it a slight slope downward)I topped that with another layer of butter cream.Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm.

Step 2: Carving
Once frozen I placed a "sole" template on the top of the cake. I made the template by drawing on a 10x14 cake board and cutting it out.I cut a rough shape around the template with a very sharp pointed knife (I did not use a serrated knife).Once I had the basic Sole shape I carved it down very carefully to match the shoes shape I was copying. One of the things That I think helped give it a realistic look was adding scrapes of cake where parts of the sneaker were more "puffy" or raised. If you look at the finished carved cake, I added scrapes to the tongue, the back of the heel, and the "collar" of the shoe.I attached the scrapes cake with buttercream. Making these parts out of cake and COVERING them in fondant, gave them a more 3D shape then just forming them out of fondant would. This really is the KEY to the realism. To set it I crumb-coated it and refrigerated it OVERNIGHT.

Step 3 Covering in fondant:

I am sorry I do not have any pictures but I was very involved in making this and forgot. I rolled out a thin layer of MMF and placed it over the chilled cake. I was careful to rub around and accentuate my 3D areas.I cut a hole over the sneakers opening and pressed the fondant around the inside. I added a black fondant circle inside. Then I started to work from the bottom up.
The Shoe had three different parts to the sole grey, white and blue layers I started with the grey and worked up. As for the decorations, they vary by shoe. The key is to really look at your picture or model to determine which layer of decoration needs to come first. Now this may sound obvious but it may not be, these types of sneakers are very ornate and have many layers. BE SURE TO START WITH THE RIGHT ONE. I did not make any templates for the decorations on the shoe, I made the color fondant I needed and just held it up to my shoe and cut the shapes out directly on the shoe with a very sharp Exacto knife ( be careful not to go through the base layer of fondant). Some people like templates I found free-handing against the shoe really worked well for me and also helped with scale.

Step 4: Finishing touches:

I really tried to stay true to the design of this shoe and include ALL of the details to again make it as "real" as possible.I made the "stitching" marks using my Wilton #10 Serrated Quilting Wheel.For the shoe laces I rolled out some fondant 1/4 thick measured out strips with a ruler and I pinched the ends a bit and attached them to the holes using sugar glue (gum-paste melted in warm water). To draw the pattern on the grey parts of the sneaker I added some black gel food coloring to some clear vanilla and painted it on. The key to success with these cakes are PATIENCE and attention to detail. This cake took me 9 hours (including carving) but was well worth it. I hope this was detailed enough. If you have any other questions,please feel free to pm or email me. Good Luck....Happy decorating!!!! Thanks,Andrea
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45 replies
cupcake_cutie Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 2:58pm
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Wow! Thank you so much for posting this! I can't wait to try it!

Rosie2 Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 3:25pm
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Wow, you rock!!! thank you for taking the time to make a tutorial...some of us begginers need that icon_smile.gif

Nae93 Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 7:24pm
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Thanks so much!

FlourPots Posted 31 Mar 2010 , 7:31pm
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Very cool...thanks for sharing!

ncbert Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 1:30am
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that's great! thanks a bunch!.....your sneaker looks awesome icon_biggrin.gif

krazyb5 Posted 2 Apr 2010 , 1:44am
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thanks icon_wink.gif

multilayered Posted 8 Apr 2010 , 12:15am
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I'm glad you guy's appreciate it, I hope your shoes come out great!!! Good Luck, send pic's when you make oneicon_smile.gif

babyblue113 Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 12:23pm
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How many servings did you get from this cake?

letsgetcaking Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 12:39pm
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Awesome! My brother-in-law would love this cake! He loves his Air Jordans!

alvarezmom Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 12:55pm
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Thanks for the tutorial. Just want to make sure I got this right. You put the sole template on top of the cake and cut around for the shape. Then you started to carve the cake to get the basic look?

multilayered Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 12:57pm
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Originally Posted by alvarezmom

Thanks for the tutorial. Just want to make sure I got this right. You put the sole template on top of the cake and cut around for the shape. Then you started to carve the cake to get the basic look?




Yes that is exactly what I did. It gives the whole cake a quick basic shape and makes it much easier to carve downicon_smile.gif

multilayered Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 1:01pm
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Originally Posted by babyblue113

How many servings did you get from this cake?




I'm sorry I never saw this question..... the groom never actually cut it it brought it home to freeze it lol!! But it would've served about 20pp maybe more. I made it a size 13 mens sneaker.

alvarezmom Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 1:16pm
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Thanks!!!

HauteCoutureCookies Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 3:32pm
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Wow! This looks so good. My brother is a big Jordan sneaker fan. I think I'll try this for his birthday. Did I miss the part about the Jumpman logo? How did you make it? It's a very clean image. Thanks for posting this...

babyblue113 Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 3:37pm
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Originally Posted by multilayered

Quote:
Originally Posted by babyblue113

How many servings did you get from this cake?



I'm sorry I never saw this question..... the groom never actually cut it it brought it home to freeze it lol!! But it would've served about 20pp maybe more. I made it a size 13 mens sneaker.




Thanks! I'm following your tutorial as we speak. I have the cake chilling in the freezer right now....I'm so nervous about the carving.

multilayered Posted 15 Apr 2010 , 3:42pm
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Originally Posted by HauteCoutureCookies

Wow! This looks so good. My brother is a big Jordan sneaker fan. I think I'll try this for his birthday. Did I miss the part about the Jumpman logo? How did you make it? It's a very clean image. Thanks for posting this...




That was strictly trial & error. I basically just eyeballed the logo and did the best i could. However I did use flower paste for the red one which has more elasticity I think that may have helped. The blue was fondant and took a bit longer.

multilayered Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 2:57pm
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I am bumping this up so you ladies find it easier, Have fun!!!

sweetmelissa38 Posted 21 May 2010 , 4:28pm
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did you use dowel rods to support the cake?

cakesbymark Posted 21 May 2010 , 4:44pm
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thanks for this

mcdonald Posted 21 May 2010 , 4:55pm
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what a cute idea!! I might have to try this one for a groom's cake I have coming up!!

multilayered Posted 21 May 2010 , 6:16pm
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Originally Posted by sweetmelissa38

did you use dowel rods to support the cake?





No I did not use dowels in this cake I did not think it was necessary, it held up beautifully with out extra supports. Of course if you are more comfortable using dowels it can't do any harmicon_smile.gif

multilayered Posted 6 Jun 2010 , 11:52pm
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bump

calivettie Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 1:41am
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wow. amazing!

msnrozier Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 2:37am
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just want I needed

Marianna46 Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 3:06am
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Yes, indeed, just what the doctor (that would be Doctor J) ordered. Father's Day is right around the corner! Great cake, and thanks SO much for taking the time to make us a tutorial.

dsilvest Posted 7 Jun 2010 , 3:20am
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Thanks, the tutorial is great!

chrissy77 Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 12:51am
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I definately have to try this one out!!!! It's amazing!!!!!

multilayered Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 2:22am
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Thanks Ladiesicon_smile.gif I hope it helps, please post pic's of your sneaker cakes I'd love to see them!! Have fun

nancyg Posted 15 Jun 2010 , 2:42am
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I love it, love it, love it....

But, I need help. How can I save this tutorial on my computer....Dont ??

Thanks

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