I actually made this cake early last year but am slowly getting around to posting tutorials and tips to my blog as I’ve found they are rather hard to find on my Facebook page after they get buried down and sometimes disappear from the Timeline.
This is my Girly Western cake made for Emily’s 19th.
Her mom wanted something that was girly but not childish, and for it to be personalized with her favourite cowboy boot so we used this as the model for the topper.
Having never made a boot topper before, I tried to search online for any tutorial or tip I could use. I’d seen many people making boot toppers before but did not remember seeing any tips for HOW to make one. I could have messaged some online friends that I know have made one in the past, but I am kinda stubborn when it comes to these kinds of things and would prefer to try and figure it out on my own if I could and only reach out for help if I became desperate. So I decided to just “wing” it.
I also do not normally take pics along the process of any of my creations because I guess I don’t expect them to work out the first time. But this one surprised me in that it did work out right away and thankfully I took some quick shots (although they are quite messy because they were unplanned lol). I plan to get in the habit of taking progress shots from now on.
So here is a quick compilation or pictorial of the progress shots for the boot topper. Keep in mind, these are not edited and were merely taken so I could remember what I did therefore they are not the best quality nor staged well. It’s just to give an idea of how I went about “winging” it lol. Also, a lot of steps are missing but it will give you a good sense… nonetheless…
I used a mix of Satin Ice chocolate fondant and Satin Ice gumpaste (approx. 50/50). If using MMF (marshmallow fondant, chocolate MMF for the brown in this case), you will likely not need to add the gumpaste, depending on the elasticity of your fondant. It’s only needed if you want it to dry quicker or your fondant is very soft and not pliable enough to hold its shape easily.
I let the sole of the boot dry on the makeshift cardboard former overnight (should be minimum a few hours) prior to adding the other pieces. I realized after, that I had forgotten to curl up the top or toe of the sole so had to bend it slightly afterward and placed a small wedge of fondant underneath to hold the curled shape (starting in pic 8, but you can see it clearer in pic 15).
Pic 6 shows the template I used to cut the portion of the boot that goes over the calf. I also inserted it after to help hold the shape of the portion as it dried.
In pic 10, I draped the fondant to get an impression of the shape and size I would need to cut out for the top portion or the toe of the boot. The piece that was cut out after, can be seen in pic 11. I did the same for the heel portion as well (but did not take a pic of it), see pic 12, after the heel detail was added.
Additional details were added after so the topper could match the birthday girl’s actual boot.
Hope this is helpful for some!
Other pics of the cake and topper:
Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D