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post #1 of 15
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I have a request to make a 3-D Cowboy Boot cake for a client. I want it to stand but she is afraid it will fall over (bad cake experience with another baker)! How do I make this cake securely? I really want it to stand and I really don't want it to fall over!!! Anyone have detailed instructions for this cake? My e-mail is cakesbykaren09@yahoo.com Please help!!
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Karen
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post #2 of 15
Hi Karen,

Are you covering your cake in fondant or BC? You could place a butchers stick down the middle to hold it in place but if you are covering it in fondant, once it is dry, so long as it is level, it should not fall over.

How high are you going to make it?
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post #3 of 15
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She really wants fondant. I'm kinda new to covering entire cakes in fondant. It's scary to me but I'm always willing to try! She loves the look of fondant and who can blame her? If you have any tips for that I'm open to all advice. Should I cover it in sections? Start from the top or wrap around the sides? I'm planning on it being 12 to 14 inches tall. It needs to serve 45! Thanks for your quick responce Makeitmemorable!
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post #4 of 15
Wow - 12 - 14" tall - that is big.

Perhaps you could tier it first and then cover it. So do layers on the leg of the boot in tiered sections and then cover it as one - I hope that make sense. The fondant will make it really heavy and you don't want it collapsing more so than falling.

Because in a boot there are 'seams' where they sew the leather together, you could cover the leg one side at a time and join the fondant and then make it look like a seam. You could then cover the foot part of the boot in one piece (I would cover the foot part first). - Around the ankle part where th blends into the leg part, cut a half moon shape on the side so you can join you leg fondant and make it look decorative. That would also be a seam. If you cover your board in fondant as well this helps it hold together. I think it would be a great cake to make - best of luck.

Kim
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post #5 of 15
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Thank you so much for your help makeitmemorable! The height of the cake was a guess really. I've never done a cake like this so it's hard for me to say. Your advice has been so so so so helpful to me. I'll definatly post a picture of my boot cake when I finish it. Thanks for your advice!
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post #6 of 15
My pleasure - if you need anything else let me know otherwise be sure to let me know when you have finished it. I woud love to see it.

Best wishes and happy creating!

Kim
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post #7 of 15
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If you had to make this cake feed 45, what would you do?
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post #8 of 15
cakesbykaren09 - I have pictures that I took of different stages when I made my Old Lady in the Shoe Cake that I can send you. It's not a cowboy boot, but it would be the same premise. Send me a pm with your e-mail address and I can send you the pictures if you think they would be of any help. I also covered with fondant very similar to the previous post. covered the toe first and then cover the back part in 2 pieces.

Jean
post #9 of 15
if you have the oval pan from course II (?) that in a double layer (4" tier) serves 13.

so 3 of those stacked give you 39 servings and a 12" height just for the top part (tube?) of the boot

then there's the foot part to add.

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diagram shows 3 - 4" oval tiers on a built up base of cake

really -- the biggest problem will be that dang heal and sole of the shoe. (the deep purple part in the diagram) the itty bitty drawing is looking straight down on the shoe -- to show how it has pointed toe -- i'd get a real boot and just trace around it for shape

make the heel and sole out of wood or built up layers of foamcore or cardboard or....???

then start stacking cakes. use sheets split in half for foot and the ovals for the "tube" (just what is the real name of that part of the boot?)

the "tube" part of the boot is just a multi-tier cake, like any wedding cake, only all tiers the same size.

most of the carving will be on the foot section.

the orange section can be all icing or "cake spackle" - cake mixed with buttercream like going to make cake balls but use to fill in the area instead

wrapping in fondant will be a bit of a task -- but -- there I'd take my cue from the construction of a real boot and do it as a series of overlapping pieces (just like real leather on a real boot) smaller pieces to work with and can cut them to conform better to the shape.

HTH you visualize it.
LL
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post #10 of 15
great info everyone....thanks. I was wondering if you guys thought this would work for a combat boot too?
post #11 of 15
Yes, I should definitely work for a combat boot.
post #12 of 15
I did one and used a wooden block and slanted piece of board for the heel and base. The only trick is you really have to stick the cake/on a board/on strong carpet tape REALLY well to the base, and also put plenty of straw support, cake boards, and dowels all the way through, and then I strongly suggest refrigeration to make it nice and firm for transport.

Mine was fine, but if I had it to do over again I'd probably try to actually put a vertical dowel up through the cake from the heel, so that it was anchored better to the base.

Its in my photos if you are interested.
post #13 of 15
I was looking for ideas on how to make a boot and came by your post I would like to see your step by step photos if you don't mind. My email is as follows mariad3239@yahoo com thank you off hand:)
post #14 of 15

Hi, would It be possible to email your step by step guide for the boot please. My email is julie@callaghan25.orangehome.co.uk

 

 

Much appreciated.

post #15 of 15

This is by far the best set of combat boots that exist on the internet!   "Curiaussiety" did an AMAZING job and has instructions.   Don't know why they couldn't work for any type of boot.

 

http://cakecentral.com/g/i/2972986/

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