Sugar Shoes

sugar shoes gumpaste shoes by Crafty Confections, Ireland

Sugar shoes are top of the list of every new cake decorator’s “to make” list and if you haven’t gotten round to doing so just yet, this week’s incredible edible footwear will definitely inspire you into action.

(To get started, check out our previous feature on Designer Shoe Cakes for tutorials on how to craft couture heels in lots of different styles.)

The fabulous trios of stilettos above are the work of sugar shoe couturier,  Kelly Cope of Crafty Confections in Ireland, as well as the funky patent pink ankle strap design below.

shoe cake by The Shoe Bakery right and sugar shoe gumpaste ankle strap shoe by Crafty Confections left

Above right, one of the Shoe Bakery Company’s jaw-dropping cake shoes – not made from actual cake, just shoes styled as cake – but amazing inspiration for cake decorators.

Argentina’s Tete Cake Design have created an amazing stiletto cake below in bubblegum pink with patent detailing.

gumpaste stilletto shoe by Tete Cake Design

Donna Makes Cakes’ sugar shoes below are so realistic they defy belief,  making a perfect 18th or 21st birthday present for the shoe-mad young lady with a penchant for tatoo art.

gumpaste stilletto shoes by Donna Makes Cakes

Jillybean Cakes Couture, UK have designed a beautiful pair of edible Mary Janes with cherries on top (below left), complete with dripping ganache and sprinkle accents.

On the right, The Shoe Bakery Company’s amazing “icecream shoe” with heels made from “waffle cones” and drenched in “chocolate sauce” and “sprinkles” for the ultimate in gourmet footwear.

icecream shoes waffle cone heels by The Shoe Bakery right, sugar shoes by Jillybean left

Intricate black piping adds lady-like glamour to the exquisite sugar shoe below by Elegateau, UK, complete with the requisite red sole of the luxury Louboutin brand.

gumpaste high heels lace stilettos by Elegateau

A frilled collar and ruffled detailing ups the glam factor in this statement sugar shoe cake below from Sugar Buttons.

gumpaste shoe and shoebox cake by Sugar Buttons

More sylish lace trimmed shoes below in a beautiful shoe and shoebox cake by Caking It Up – a geat new way to use your cake lace mats!

gumpaste shoe and shoebox cake with lace trim by Caking It Up

Chanel peep-toes by Bella Cupcakes below make a fabulous birthday cake for any girl and on the right, Little Miss Fairy Cake/Suzanne Esper Cakes have created a sparkling pair of sugar-jewelled stillettos.

gumpaste stillettos by Bella Cupcakes left and Little Miss Fairy Cake right

It’s all about the embellishment in the two great sugar shoe designs below from The Pink Cake Box (left) and on the right, a pair of glitter heels from The Hazelnut Bakery.

gumpaste stilletto tutorial glitter heels from The Hazelnut Bakery right, Sweet 16 shoe cake by The Pink Cake Box left

More couture lace features in the stylish stiletto cookie below by Lindy’s Cakes, below left. (You can get Lindy’s platform stiletto cookie cutter here).

On the right, Yuma Couture Cakes‘ Chanel inspired monochrome creation is given the perfect finishing touch with a sparkly sugar shoe cake topper for a perfect 30th birthday cake.

stiletto shoe cookie by Lindy's Cakes left, high heel birthday cake by Yuma Couture Cakes right

If time is short but you still want to make a beautiful cake topper for a shoe-a-holic’s birthday cake, then check out VS Cake’s brilliant 2D shoe cake topper tutorial here – the perfect solution!

2D shoe cake topper tutorial

If you plan on making lots of sugar shoes and shoe cakes, it may be worth your while investing in some time-saving tools below such as NY Cake’s high heel shoe kit or even just a or a even just a stiletto heel mould.

high heel shoe mould and former


You’ll also find a great online class on Craftsy by top New York cake artist, Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cake: High-Fashion Heels (with Elisa Strauss).

In her class, Elisa guides you step by step through making a strappy stiletto, a leopard-print peep toe and a pointed mule; how to make both high and low heels by hand or using a mold; how to carve foam formers that help you shape the toe enclosures and ankle straps and stabilize the shoe while you assemble and transport it; then bring everything together with Elisa’s construction tips and embellishments like contrasting insoles, trendy patterns, custom labels, metallic buckles and authentic designer details.  For more details, see Craftsy here: High-Fashion Heels (with Elisa Strauss).

Update: Elisa has now released a second class on Craftsy -you’ll find all the details here: Runway Ready High Fashion Heels.

Runway Ready Fashion Heels by Elisa Strauss on Craftsy

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