Cowboy boot cake!
I actually remembered to take a few pictures as I worked on this cake. Unfortunately, I missed a few steps, but still I thought you would enjoy seeing at least some of the process. So it’s not really a full tutorial, just a few tips & steps.
This cake is challenging in several ways:
–The heel is elevated with space between it & the forefoot, so the cake must be suspended at least partially in air.
–The toe of a real boot curves up off the floor
–The boot shaft is so tall, skinny & top-heavy, & can only be supported on that small heel.
So first, there had to be a structure that would support the shaft of the boot in air. I considered several options, but decided to go with carving the heel from styrofoam. I knew for sure that would support the weight & not have any chance of melting or collapsing. The main stabilizer would be a threaded rod attached through the base with washers & nuts, & that would prevent it from falling over. And to make the ‘sole’ where it would have the elevated toe& support the weight of the shaft, my friend Mike Guerrero of Mad Mike’s Cakes (a structural genius) suggested something I had never used before—art board. It’s super strong but is similar to a really thick construction paper. You can bend it in to shape, & use hot glue & foam core pieces to ‘lock’ it into the shape you need.
Using my husband’s boot as a template, I traced the sole & cut it out of artboard. I carved the heel from a sturdy piece of styrofoam. I bent the artboard over the heel, creating the arch. To elevate the toe, I bent the artboard up, cut a piece of foam core to a crescent moon shape & hot glued it to the board, which then permanently set the curve in the sole, & also became a ‘spine’ to stabilize the forefoot of the boot.
In the picture above, you can see the styrofoam heel & the threaded rod (wrapped securely in press & seal to prevent it from touching any of the cake!) You can’t see the artboard very well, except maybe there at the toe.
It took 4 6-inch round cakes to create this boot. One layer became the toe part, carved to match the sole. Three of them became the shaft. I sliced off each side to make a rough oval, stacked them,& then carved them down into the proper shape. There was a gap, as you can see in the above picture, between the cakes on the shaft &the one at the toe. I filled in this instep area with wedges of the last layer of cake, & carved it down.
Here is the boot all stacked & ready to carve! There were two additional foam core supports added as I went up the shaft, with bamboo dowels supporting them. The bottom of the shaft was a foam core board carved to match the sole template, & I inserted bamboo dowels to support the front of the shaft as well, cutting through the sole so that they would rest on the base, & secured them with melted white chocolate. Once I finished stacking, I drove a long bamboo dowel all the way down the shaft, through the two additional boards, for added vertical security. Then I started carving away!
And here’s the cake all carved & coated with ganache. I tried to work in some of the big ‘dents’ I would need for it to look realistic. But with a coating of ganache this thin, I also knew I could create natural-looking wrinkles with my hands later when I applied the fondant.
I then applied the fondant in panels, starting with the shaft. That makes the most sense, because on a real cowboy boot, the front of the boot comes up on the shaft & is stitched to it. So once I got the shaft fondant on, the rest was just a matter of cutting the other pieces. Again, having a real boot to create a template from was very helpful. I used parchment paper to create patterns & cut them out of fondant. As I laid each piece on, I used my stitching tool to add the double-stitching on each piece, just as the real boot has.
This is how it looked when just the shaft was wrapped. Once I got all the black pieces on, then I started adding the decorative turquoise pieces. Finally, I piped on the fancy stitching with royal icing, & added silver dragees as ‘studs’.
Almost done! I laid the fondant on the board around the boot, distressed it, & painted it to look like a wooden floor (like a honky tonk dance hall!). I applied the black trim around the sole last, so it would be on top of the ‘floor’.
And here’s the finished boot! I hope you enjoyed the insight into how I created this cake!
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5 thoughts on “Creating a Cowboy Boot Cake”
Hi!!I love your work and I would love to see this tutorial but the pics are not showing.
OMG they are GONE! I don’t know why. Ughhhhh, I think it may be the update from WordPress. Thank you for letting me know. I’ll try to figure it out!
Thank you so much!!!
Hi! Is there anyway you can post pics. 🙂
I’m working on it! WordPress somehow made my pictures disappear & they are figuring out how to get them back!