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Easy Shoe Cake (Sneaker Cake) on Pink Background

Easy Shoe Cake (Fondant Baby Shoes)

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Easy shoe cake or sneaker cake with step by step tutorial and template. This fondant baby shoes topper is perfect on round cake decorated with fondant and gum paste. Serve at baby showers or kids birthday parties.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baby cake, cake decorating tutorial, decorated cake
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Decorating time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 55 mins
Servings 10 Slices
Calories 393
Author Abeer Rizvi


  • 2 Pistachio cake Use this recipe to make 2 round cakes. Dimensions: 8x2 each.
  • 4 cups American buttercream frosting
  • 4 cups Marshmallow fondant Yellow, Dark green, Light green, For covering and decorating cake
  • 3 cups Gum paste Or 50/50 (equal combination of fondant and gum paste), Dark green, Light green, For making shoes
  • 2 tbsp Corn syrup For sticking pieces


  • Bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • While cakes are baking and cooling, prepare frosting.
  • Place one cake on a cake board or cake stand and use a spatula to spread icing on top.
  • Place the other cake on top and press gently to secure into place.
  • Use a spatula to cover the entire cake smoothly in frosting.
  • Roll out yellow fondant.
  • Spread it over the frosted cake and cut off excess along the base with a pizza cutter.
  • Roll out dark green fondant into two long ropes and intertwine them.
  • Stick this rope around the base of the cake with some water.
  • Roll out dark green fondant and use a small circle cutter to cut out round shapes.
  • Stick them randomly all over the cake with some water.
  • Keep this decorated cake aside as you work on the shoes.
  • Print the shoe template on thick scrapbook paper. You can resize the image in Photoshop and make it bigger or smaller depending on how big or small you want the shoe to be.
  • Roll out dark green 50/50 or gum paste and cut out all the relevant shapes with a knife or pastry cutter.
  • Use the quilting tool to create stitch marks on Piece A.
  • Use Wilton's Tip#3 to cut out three little circles around either side of Piece A. Keep aside.
  • Place Piece C on a sheet of wax paper and brush corn syrup halfway around the top edge.
  • Stick Piece B on top of the corn syrup. Fill the hollow space with crumpled tissue so that this piece holds its shape.
  • Brush corn syrup around the remaining edge of Piece C.
  • Stick Piece A on top of the corn syrup.
  • Brush some more corn syrup along the sides of Piece A so that it sticks to Piece B. Use your fingers to smooth out the joint where Piece A is glued to Piece B.
  • All this pressing and sticking of pieces makes the base of this shoe spread a little. To fix this, cut any excess near the back of the shoe.
  • Fill the hollow space inside the shoe with tissue paper or a small plastic glasses.
  • Roll out light green gum paste and use a large circle cutter to cut out a piece. Then, use a knife to cut it in half.
  • Brush corn syrup on the front of the shoe and place this light green piece until it sticks into place. Smooth it out with your fingers and cut excess with a knife.
  • Use the quilting tool to create stitch marks of top of the light green piece.
  • Now, cut out a long strip of light green gum paste and press a toothpick all over the strip until you have vertical indentations.
  • Brush corn syrup around the base of your shoe and stick the green strip. Cut excess strip and smooth the joint with your fingers.
  • Most sneakers have a small loop near the back. To make this, cut a light green strip of gum paste and bend it into the shape of a loop and stick it at the back of the shoe with corn syrup.
  • To make laces, use a clay extruder with a rectangular plate and push out strips of light green gum paste. Brush corn syrup in the holes. Then use a toothpick to push the laces into the holes. They don’t have to go all the way in but it should still look like the lace is inside the hole.
  • To make the hanging laces, brush corn syrup in the holes and use your clay extruder to make 2 long strips and push each strip into the final hole and then let them just hang.
  • Your shoe is ready. Allow it to dry for 24- 48 hours.
  • Repeat these steps for the other shoe.
  • Once dry, place the shoes on top of the decorated cake.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 48g | Calcium: 219mg | Iron: 2mg