Living in Calgary, Cowboy culture is a pretty big thing here and sooner or later I knew I would be asked to do some sort of Cowboy themed cake. So here is a quick look at making a boot cake…
Starting with an 11″x15″ sheet cake, cut as shown in the picture. Be sure to measure carefully so that both pieces are exactly the same size as one will be turned and placed on top of the other to create the 2 layers needed.
I used a basic white cake with a raspberry jam filling for this cake.
Once the layers are together, freeze the cake for a bit (if it was not already frozen) to make it easier to carve.
This is the only part that takes a bit of creativity but it is not difficult to do. Slowly carve the cake to create the heel, sole and more rounded shape of the boot.
Cover with buttercream icing and chill for a few minutes so that it is easier to smooth. I use a piece of wax paper to help smooth out the buttercream so no bumps or lumps show through the fondant.
Once the buttercream is smooth, carefully shape the boot by hand a bit more if need be. I had to flatten the top of the toe of the boot – it looked a little too funny the way it was.
Then you can add creases in appropriate areas by simply scoring with a rounded edge tool or wooden spoon handle.
Cover with a tan coloured fondant and a darker fondant for the sole and heel. Again with a small tool carve some type of design in the boot — easiest to do a random design and then mirror it.
Add a small tab of fondant at the top and outline that with small lines to simulate stitching. Dust with a bit of brown lustre dust to add a bit of a dirty look and your done!
TIP – The easiest way to make stitching lines is with a sewing tool that is used to trace patterns — works like a charm!