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.
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!
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!