A friend requested this cake for her husband. She had a basketball theme for his birthday and said that he's always wanted a pair or Jordans.
At first, I didn't think I'd be able to make this cake. It seemed like too many details that I've never done before. But as my husband always say: "do it one step at a time, easy ones first" and surprisingly, I did it! I wanted to take step by step photos but I was a bit nervous that I won't enough have time to finish all the details this shoe needed.
Here are the steps I followed in making this cake:
- Bake two 9-inch square cakes.
- Cut the cakes in half and stack. One of the pieces I cut a third off. This give mes 5 layers total.
- Fill and ice the cake with chocolate buttercream.
- Smooth the buttercream using the Viva paper towel method.
- Cover the cake with fondant (I could have skipped this step if plain/white buttercream was used).
- Here's the order I placed the details on the shoe:
- black fondant on the base of the shoe
- white over the black fondant on the base of the shoe
- gray over the white fondant on the base of the shoe then used the back of a knife to put lines
- white fondant at the back of the shoe (area with the Jordan image)
- white fondant for the sides of the shoe
- rolled black fondant into a string and placed it on top of the cake towards the back of the shoe
- rolled white fondant for the shoe lace and placed it on top of the shoe
- cut white fondant strips for the sides of the shoe
- place the white fondant strips on the side and tucked the shoe lace under the strip
- cut a small strip of black fondant and embed the celebrant's name
- used the pin prick method to place the Jordan image
I wished I carved it some more after seeing the finished cake but I was still happy with the overall outcome of the cake. This was the first carved cake I made without using any templates after all :)
Happy Birthday Hansel!