Edible Photograph Wedding Cake

(A project from Fall 2012…)

I like to say that cake is not always just cake.

It’s a symbol of the achievements of people and the relationships that we have with each other. It’s a tangible, and edible, representation of love & appreciation.

In my adventures in cake, I’ve been blessed to be part of these celebrations. This is no exception.

There is a special story behind this cake. A few years ago I made a Nikon D300 DSLR camera cake for the most amazing couple, as a special surprise birthday gift to him from her. This camera cake quickly became one of the most talked about cakes I have ever created.

I was overjoyed that not too long after, they were engaged! As a photography enthusiast, the goal for me was to create a wedding cake that featured their photos – personal photos that captured the spirit of their relationship and the special moments in their lives:

Edible Photo Wedding Cake Edible Photograph Wedding CakeCreating the look of this cake…

The plaque was cut out craft knife and template as a guide. It was then hand painted using a paintbrush:

Just Married Cake

Wedding Cake Topper

Tape was created using beige-coloured gumpaste, by rolling it out thinly, then “tearing” the edges.

Blue, red and white tacks were hand-shaped out of modelling chocolate:

Edible Photo Cake

The images were created by using a computer printer and food colouring ink to print on edible image paper. Each image was then cut out, then attached to a thin sheet of edible sugar gumpaste.

This is one of my favorite photos:

Edible Image Wedding Cake

I had the pleasure of seeing the cake cut, and was delighted when a little boy kept coming up to the table to pick up slices for his table. He was sure to pick up the slices with the edible images.

He knew that they were special.

(Congratulations to Erin & Tyler! May you enjoy many countless years of happiness together!)

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Gumpaste Shoe How-To: Tips and Template

(Update July 17/2013: Sugar Delites now sells a high heel shoe kit, which includes a heel mold, cutter, drying form/ramp, etc. Click here and scroll down for an excellent gumpaste shoe tutorial by Iris Rezoagli on the Sugar Delites Newsletter, using this kit.

I also suggest the Pink Cake Box gumpaste shoe video tutorial. More gumpaste shoe tutorials are available at Cake Fu.

Below are tips to create a shoe without the kit.)

I recently got a great email question regarding how to make the Manolo Sedarby D’orsay gumpaste shoe:

  • To make the template, I found a real shoe at home that had the same shape used it to make the template. I exaggerated the shape to look curvier. Here are photos of the actual shoe templates made (click for full size):

Gumpaste Shoe Template

Gumpaste Shoe Template

  • To make the form that the shoe sits on, I hand-sculpted a form out of modeling clay and covered it in saran wrap. This way, I got a nice exaggerated curve.  I was particular about the curve of the form… if you look closely, you can see how it gradually curves out at the bottom. You can use anything for a form, but this is just what I had on hand. (Update Oct 17/2011: I’ve made a better shoe form out of foam core. See my new gumpaste shoe form here.)

  • To make the stitching, the Wilton Gumpaste tool kit has a great stitching tool.
  • To shape the top of the shoe, I used a ball of saran wrap lightly pressed into the shape that I needed. Similar to the shape of that wad of tissue you sometimes get in a pair of new shoes.
  • For the the brooch, I used circle cutters to make a flat wheel shape out of grey coloured gumpaste. I bent the wheel shape a bit to make an oval, brushed on some clear piping gel and stuck small silver beads on. It was hard to get the beads to look even, and had to use tweezers in some spots.
  • For the silver colour, I airbrushed it using edible silver food colouring. You can get the same effect by painting in thin layers using a mixture of edible silver lustre powder and alcohol.
  • The heel is done using the method shown in the video. See the 4:45 mark for details.