Ballet Slipper Tutorial

One of this week's cake toppers is a pair of ballet slippers.  I had a little extra time (rarity) and decided to start my blog with a tutorial on how to make the slippers.

I borrowed a template for the slipper that I found on-line (emoticakes.com - thank you).  Determine the size you want your slippers to be, print out your template and cut the two pieces out.  My slippers are about 6" long and 2" wide. 

  The ribbons for the slipper will be added once I am ready to add them to my cake (end of week)

The ribbons for the slipper will be added once I am ready to add them to my cake (end of week)

  Template found online at emoticakes.com - thank you!

Template found online at emoticakes.com - thank you!

  Roll out your prepared fondant to about 1/8-1/4" thick.  

Roll out your prepared fondant to about 1/8-1/4" thick.  

  Before laying your paper pattern on top of the fondant, you may want to dust the back of the pattern with powdered sugar or corn starch to prevent it from sticking to your fondant.  With a sharp exacto knife, cut out the sole of your slipper.  If you are planning on standing the slippers up vertically on your cake, you will need to cut out 2 soles for each slipper.  This will allow you to add a support wire to hold the slipper up without being visible.

Before laying your paper pattern on top of the fondant, you may want to dust the back of the pattern with powdered sugar or corn starch to prevent it from sticking to your fondant.  With a sharp exacto knife, cut out the sole of your slipper.  If you are planning on standing the slippers up vertically on your cake, you will need to cut out 2 soles for each slipper.  This will allow you to add a support wire to hold the slipper up without being visible.

  Brush one of your soles lightly with either water or sugar glue.  Lay your support wire on top.  I only put mine up about 1/4 of the way as I want to be able to arch the slipper slightly as it dries.  I add a little additional sugar glue on top of the wire to prevent it from slipping out.  Add your second sole on top of the first, sandwiching the wire into the sole.

Brush one of your soles lightly with either water or sugar glue.  Lay your support wire on top.  I only put mine up about 1/4 of the way as I want to be able to arch the slipper slightly as it dries.  I add a little additional sugar glue on top of the wire to prevent it from slipping out.  Add your second sole on top of the first, sandwiching the wire into the sole.

  Your first sole is finished.  Now repeat the process, only make sure you turn the pattern over to get the correct shape of the opposite shoe.

Your first sole is finished.  Now repeat the process, only make sure you turn the pattern over to get the correct shape of the opposite shoe.

  Now you should have 2 finished soles with support wires.

Now you should have 2 finished soles with support wires.

  Now to do the top of the slipper.  Follow steps above by rolling out your fondant, dusting your pattern and cutting out the first slipper top.  Turn your pattern over and cut the top out for your other slipper.

Now to do the top of the slipper.  Follow steps above by rolling out your fondant, dusting your pattern and cutting out the first slipper top.  Turn your pattern over and cut the top out for your other slipper.

  I decided that I wanted my ballet slippers to be a little sparkly/frosty.  Using a fluffy brush, I applied some frosty pink Luster Dust.

I decided that I wanted my ballet slippers to be a little sparkly/frosty.  Using a fluffy brush, I applied some frosty pink Luster Dust.

  I brushed both the sole of both slippers and the tops with the Luster Dust before putting the slipper together.

I brushed both the sole of both slippers and the tops with the Luster Dust before putting the slipper together.

  I wanted the trim on my slipper to have a little lighter contrast so I lightened some of my pink fondant with white fondant.  Roll out the fondant you will use for your trim (pretty thin) and cut out a thin strip.  Paint a bit of sugar glue along the edge of the slipper and add your trim.  I also wanted the trim to look like it had been stitched.  There 's  a nifty little rolling tool (you've probably all seen it) that leaves a stitched imprint on fondant.  I rolled the trim piece to add the imprint.

I wanted the trim on my slipper to have a little lighter contrast so I lightened some of my pink fondant with white fondant.  Roll out the fondant you will use for your trim (pretty thin) and cut out a thin strip.  Paint a bit of sugar glue along the edge of the slipper and add your trim.  I also wanted the trim to look like it had been stitched.  There's a nifty little rolling tool (you've probably all seen it) that leaves a stitched imprint on fondant.  I rolled the trim piece to add the imprint.

  Time to put the slipper together.  Paint the outer edge of the sole with sugar glue.  Gently, start attaching the top of the slipper by starting at the center of the back part of the shoe.  Gently push your fondant piece up against the edge of the sole until it is attached all the way around.  You may have to trim off a bit in the back - I did.    Match up the two edges at the back of the shoe.  Paint the edge of the connecting pieces so they will stick together and close the seam on the shoe.

Time to put the slipper together.  Paint the outer edge of the sole with sugar glue.  Gently, start attaching the top of the slipper by starting at the center of the back part of the shoe.  Gently push your fondant piece up against the edge of the sole until it is attached all the way around.  You may have to trim off a bit in the back - I did.    Match up the two edges at the back of the shoe.  Paint the edge of the connecting pieces so they will stick together and close the seam on the shoe.

  You can add a variety of embellishments on the top of the shoe.  Instead of a bow or just pearls, I decided to add small rosettes.  I cut a thin strip of fondant and rolled it up to the size appropriate for the slipper.  I made three for each slipper.

You can add a variety of embellishments on the top of the shoe.  Instead of a bow or just pearls, I decided to add small rosettes.  I cut a thin strip of fondant and rolled it up to the size appropriate for the slipper.  I made three for each slipper.

  Add your embellishment to the slipper - I added little pearl candies to the center of my rosettes.  You may need to put a small bit of paper towel into the toe of the shoe so that it will retain it's shape.  I will let my slippers dry for a few hours and once comfortable that the glue is sticking on the sides, I will shape them by adding a small arch to the shoes.  Once they are added to the cake, I will add fondant satin ribbons to both.

Add your embellishment to the slipper - I added little pearl candies to the center of my rosettes.  You may need to put a small bit of paper towel into the toe of the shoe so that it will retain it's shape.  I will let my slippers dry for a few hours and once comfortable that the glue is sticking on the sides, I will shape them by adding a small arch to the shoes.  Once they are added to the cake, I will add fondant satin ribbons to both.

  Once the ballet slippers have been added to the to of the cake, I'll attach the satin ribbons with sugar glue - one to each side of both slippers.   

Once the ballet slippers have been added to the to of the cake, I'll attach the satin ribbons with sugar glue - one to each side of both slippers.