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Here is our tutorial on how to make a pretty ballet pointe shoes cake topper... let's get started!
Gumpaste in desired color (Pink for ballet shoes)
Small sharp knife
Pearl Luster Dust (a must w/ pink)
One bag of Cotton Balls
Straight Edge (for shoe ribbons)
KitchenAid pasta roller (attached to your blender)
Step 1. Cut out your desired pattern. You can get our template here or make your own. Our template is a natural looking shoe incorporating a narrower heel, longer toe box and an added 'seam' allowance at the edge allowing for an 'overlap' for the shoe edge.
Step 2. Roll out your gumpaste (with your small roller then pasta roller setting first 1 then roll with 2)
Step 3. Cut out your ballet shoe pattern on your gumpaste with a small sharp knife. Flip for other side shoe.
NOTE: Pink gumpaste/fondant fades with natural and artificial light (I know such a bummer especially for color matching!) so put it away asap or keep it under a towel to keep it from fading. Also like to store any project work in a cabinet or anywhere completely dark (see pix below).
Step 4. Lay your gumpaste shoe sole piece on top of your foam piece (foam is cut narrower to template). Dab sugar glue with a brush along the back side of the edge perimeter of the entire sole. Starting from the back and working toward the sides, gently place the Upper shoe portion edges on top of the glue line on the sole (you are working at the back of the shoe at this point). The pix above shows the glued overlap at the back of the shoes (sorry I didn't get more working pix!! I always do all the work and forget to take pix!! Not to mention you have to work fast since you gum is drying aahhh!
Finally, bring over the toe part and lay it up 'straight-ish'. This gives you a more natural looking ballet point toe. At this point your shoe is still soft and just drying out a touch. Turn it over and cup it in your hands to shape it, bringing in the sides like a natural looking shoe. Add glue to the back to close the back seam. Bend it back in your hands to give it an arched look.
Step 5. Now how to get it to dry to a natural arch? Use a bag of cotton balls to get the right shape. Manipulate the cotton balls to set the shape. Let dry in a dark place (pink fades fast when exposed to light! I know this is hard because all I wanted to do was look at the topper and I had to stow it away!).
Step 6. Cut out a 4" gumpaste circle 'plate' to glue your shoes on to. This plate will allow you to remove and save the topper as a keepsake.
Step 7. Once dry brush on luster dust to help prevent fading (dusting is a must for pinks). Roll small pieces of gumpaste or use an extruder to create shoe strings. Position shoes on their toe in a flattering position on top of your circle plate. I played around with a cup for support. Add pieces of fondant as supports for the shoes to 'lean' on using your sugar glue. Use a support for shoes to lean on and allow to dry until firm.
Step 8. Once firm, cut your shoe ribbons using a straight edge and rotary cutter. I rolled these out using my Kitchen Aid down to setting 3. Position ribbons in a way that add support and structure (AND looks beautiful!) to the shoes and attach at all contact points using sugar glue. This part is tricky and can take time all the while your ribbons are drying out and probably not wanting to stick to well to the contact points!! Have patience here and work as long the gumpaste lets you. If you get small tears it is ok they are not very visible especially if you try closing them and let it dry firm without a gap. Let dry in a dark place.
Step 9. Carefully handle your dry 'sculpture':). Dust luster dust on the ribbons.
Step 10. Place on your cake and save your topper forever:)!
Happy Cake Making!
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