{Kids Birthday Cake Idea} Converse Sneakers Cake

by Alice Currah on March 22, 2010. Updated May 31, 2010


Here is a fun fact about me you don’t know.  I have eighteen nieces and nephews with one more due to arrive in May.  Isn’t that crazy?  The youngest of them is Isaiah.  He is such a great kid and I am so proud to be his Auntie!  Yesterday my sister and brother-in-law hosted a fabulous party celebrating his 1 yr Birthday with 150 of their closest friends and family.  Part of my birthday gift to my sweet nephew was to make a small birthday cake he could eat all to himself.  When trying to come up with ideas on what type of cake to make I had a difficult time trying to “figure it out”.  There was no theme for the party other than the colors yellow and grey.  I also wanted to come up with a design complimenting the style of Isaiah and his parents.  My nephew has the cutest Converse All-Star sneakers and when I saw them last week I instantly knew I had found my inspiration.  I asked if I could bring his shoes home with me and from there I started to make mental notes of how I would re-create them.

Actual Converse Shoes

The cake version had to be a realistic (as possible) replica of his shoes to scale.  I textured fondant to make the shoes have a canvas type of appearance.  I painted edible silver metallic paint for lace eyelets and used  food coloring pens to write Isaiah’s name and to draw a black line around the base of the shoe.  I tried to make some of the seams look frayed and the cake itself were 3 cupcakes (per shoe) bonded together by buttercream frosting and carved to look like Isaiah’s shoe.
After attaching the last eyelet I took a step back and just beamed with happiness.  The shoes were better than I could have hoped for.  I quickly took a picture with my phone and sent it to my sister.  She texted me immediately afterward sharing her excitement about the finished cake.  By the time I cleaned up the kitchen I was so tired I accidentally grabbed the cakes believing they were the real shoes and stayed up a little longer fixing whatever it was that needed fixing as a result.. oops!

Isaiah tearing into his birthday cake

My sister  sent me this picture of Isaiah eating his birthday shoe this morning.  I’m told there is video as well and I can’t wait to see it.  Anyway, I wanted to share with you a clever idea for a kids birthday cake.  I plan on doing a more detailed tutorial of how I made this cake in the future eventually, stay tuned!

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{ 91 comments… read them below or add one }

Elissa March 23, 2010 at 1:10 am

Wow, Alice, these are amazing! The detail is really incredible they look so real… my dad was looking over my shoulder and was really impressed by the eyelets. That one detail adds a whole new level of complexity!

It was lovely to meet you tonight… thank you for all the help and introductions! :) I hope I run into you again!


Maryam March 23, 2010 at 2:43 am

you are amazing … this is fantastic


Sonia - L'Exquisit March 23, 2010 at 3:43 am

Wow, amazing!

Congratulations, Isaiah! ;)


Kim March 23, 2010 at 6:56 am

this is soo awesome… mine friend is a dj and lives in converse…. he’s 23 in a few weeks so I’ll definately start practicing, have no idea where to start with the icing to give it the canvas look….if its not too much trouble can you please expain or tell me what to google to find a how to?

your amazing!


Meredith March 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

These are great! I can’t wait to see how you frayed the edges in the tutorial.


Shelley March 23, 2010 at 9:59 am

So cute! I saw this in Craftzine (where the photo makes this look like actual Converses) & had to stop by. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing it with us.


Margo March 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

Just found your blog featured on Craftzine. I can’t get over how adorable these cake shoes are! Talk about having a “cake walk!” I wonder if your little nephew will ever look at shoes the same! The detail I like best is how you did the edging to match the canvas edging of the real shoes. This makes it look extremely realistic to me. What talent!


Adrienne March 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thank you Alice. It was incredible to see how real the sneakers looked at the party. Your passion for life spills over in many wonderful ways and we are recipients of this gracious spirit. You are very special. Aloha.


Jana @ Weekend Vintage March 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Absolutely adorable! You are sooooo talented. I have 2 boys of my own and my brother just found out yesterday that he and his wife are having a boy. I think I’ll need so serious cake decorating classes before I tackle these adorable shoes.


Emily March 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Oh my goodness… these are amazing!


Michelle March 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm

This is wonderful. What a lucky boy to celebrate with these two fun little cakes. I can see why you mistook them for the real thing. They look SO authentic!


Katrina March 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Absolutely cute and well done as can be!


luvinthemommyhood March 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

This is the best kid’s bday cake I have ever seen!!! I couldn’t help adding you to our link luv roundup today, come by for a peek! http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/03/link-luv-roundup_24.html


Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets March 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Wow..just wow! You did an incredible job and I think the fact that you mistaked them for real shoes is additional proof of that. 150 close family and friends?! I only wish I were so handsome and popular tehe.


Eva March 25, 2010 at 1:30 am

This is just amazing! What a great idea! And the birthday shoes look so real and cute!! I wish I had 1% of your talent…


Evie March 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

This is fantastic! How talented you are!


Melange a Trois March 26, 2010 at 12:20 am

OMG that is seriously the cutest cake I have ever seen. Really impressive!


yvette March 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Super cute!!!!!


KookyCulinary March 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Love the cake! So cute! Do you mind sharing what brand of fondant that you use? Thanks!


Converse Shoes March 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

I love this!!!!

Can you buy other cakes for special occasions from yourself???


alice March 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

Hi Converse Shoes,
I’m glad you love the little shoe cakes. Unfortunately I no longer bake and decorate cakes for hire.


pita bread March 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

no wonder you mistook them for the real things, they look totally real! amazing job, wow.


Tricia Hall April 2, 2010 at 12:40 am

Oh my gosh, that’s so good. I was wondering why anyone would put frosting in their kids shoes until I realized. Wow, very good!


low carb pita bread April 8, 2010 at 4:30 am

Oh My God! I can’t believe my eyes, I mean this is a real masterpiece! If you didn’t show the way you made it I would never believe it’s really made. I don’t know if the day ever comes when I’ll be able to make at least a sock – cake! This is sooo cool!


Soyon April 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Wow… really, amazing.


Jenipher April 9, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Wow! THIS cake it GREAT!! I love it. :D


Megan Gordon April 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Oh my god, what a lucky little guy. This cake is phenomenal, Alice! So impressed!!!!


Angy July 21, 2011 at 4:32 am

That’s a fantastic idea, cakes look so natural, from pictures at the beginning I thought that you were putting a cake into snickers and only after I read the article I understood.


kortnie August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I was wondering when you are going to post the tutorial to make this? I would love to know the details to make this for my nieces first birthday.


Lorie August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

wow this is amazing !!! very cute..


jewel pearson August 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

hi my name is jewel pearson this sept 16 2011 is my fiance’s birthday and we are needing a purple high top converse cake can u help and if so how much will u charge


alice August 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hi Jewel, I actually do not bake cakes for sale anymore. However, maybe you could print off the picture to a local bakery and see if they can replicate it.


Paula November 21, 2011 at 12:46 am

Hi Alice,

Do you have the tutorial on how to make this sneaker ? I would love love to learn from you.


Brighton Baker November 25, 2011 at 4:13 am

Wow I love these – they are so cute! Definitely going to take some inspiration from you x


Rachael March 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm

This is just great! I was wondering what you used on the bottom for the sole of the shoe? Is it fondant or fondant gumpaste ratio?


get homework answers March 19, 2012 at 5:03 am

those sneakers look very tasty


TTY June 16, 2012 at 7:34 pm

You coped my idea


eiersatz August 16, 2012 at 4:53 am

This cake is amazing, I am really speechless! This is such a fantastic work, wonderful findant and I can imagine the happy boy’s face!


Wicked Goodies March 27, 2013 at 6:41 am

Nicely done! Very realistic-looking :)


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