Baby Converse and The Cake To Go With Them

I spent the past two days making a special cake for a little boy's first birthday party.  I made the keepsake Converse (baby-sized, in apple-green gumpaste) at his mama's request, and I thought I'd put up a few pictures of them here.  They're entirely edible, of course, but gumpaste sculptures/flowers/objects last for many years if you keep them dry.  If anyone out there (bakers, cake artists, hobbyists) wants the instructions and template that I have for these cute shoes, e-mail me through the Honey Crumb site (or leave a comment here) and I'll send them to you.


So, first the adorableness of these shoes... and then the cake:







As for the cake, the top tier is "I Dream of Carrot" - my secret recipe carrot cake - filled with the best cream cheese frosting you could imagine (nothing but cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract). The bottom tier is Red Velvet, also with cream cheese filling.  The entire cake is frosted with white chocolate ganache, then covered with an ultra-thin (1/8 inch) layer of fondant.  The "Damian" lettering is all in dark chocolate, tinted black with some candy coloring.  Everything on this cake is edible (except for the wires holding the stars up, of course).  The crown on top is gumpaste painted with edible gold luster dust, and I made the curlicues by extruding thin ropes of blue fondant from a clay gun, and twisting them around wooden dowels until they were dry.  When I arrived with the cake this afternoon, the sweet little boy was wearing a three-piece suit for his party.  He looked very pleased, in general!


Update (a comment e-mailed to me by the customer): "We had tons of fun. The cake was GREAT. It's all gone. Thank you very much!"