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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to Make a Gumpaste High Heel Shoe


Gumpaste colored to taste
2 toothpicks or thin bamboo skewers
Gum glue
PME cutter or pizza cutter
Roller & Gumpaste Board
Styrofoam Board
Cardboard center from paper towels (cut into a 3" triangle)
Clean plastic 2 litre bottle & tape
Wax paper for pattern
ball tool
Confectioner’s Glaze (opt)


Begin with a small 1"- 1-1/2" ball of firm gumpaste.

Start pulling a cord from one end of the ball until
you get the desired length of your heel.

Using the guide below,
find a design for the type of heel you want to make.
Using your hands, form heel to desired size and height.

I usually form a 2 – 2 ½ inch heel.

Then place the ball end of your heel on the board
and flatten.
Use your ball tool to smooth the curves on your heel.

Once it is formed, insert
a tootpick or thin skewer through the heel leaving
some of the skewer extending from both ends.

Pushing the skewer into your styrofoam,
Secure the heel in place upside down and allow to dry.

Once dry, you will cut and attach your sole to the shoe.
But before you do, you will need a form to secure the shoe
while the sole dries.

Kerry Vincent, in her book "Romantic Wedding Cakes", makes a
form for her beautiful gumpaste shoes using an aluminum soda can. But for me, I have found
using plastic is easier to handle and more forgiving
( as I am heavy handed and kept breaking the fragile aluminum form).

While your heel dries, create a form by cutting
a one inch wide strip from a plastic 2 litre bottle.

Measure in inner side of your heel and make the plastic
form the same height.

Once formed, secure with tape.
Now that your heel is dry, turn it right side up on your styrofoam and secure while you prepare your sole. Roll gumpaste out to about 1/8"-1/4" thickness. Place sole pattern over and cut around using a pizza or pme cutter.

If you are making a pair of shoes,
flip the pattern to cut the second shoe creating a left and right shoe.

Position form in front of heel.
Moisten top of heel with gum glue and attach sole to heel.

If you want to line your shoe, this is the time to cut a lining 1/4" inside the line of the original sole pattern. Brush with luster dust and place over sole of shoe.

Just as you cut the sole, roll gumpaste out and cut according to pattern, remembering to flip the pattern if you are making a pair of shoes.

Brush the edges of your sole with gum glue and place the top part of your shoe in place.

Take the cardboard triangle and place into the upper shoe
as a support while it dries.

Add additional trim to decorate the shoe, according
to the design you want to achieve. On this one,
I added white gumpaste strips brushed with copper luster dust.

Check heels and soles from every angle to be sure that they are straight
and allow to dry completely for 2 days.
(Resist the temptation to pick them up and check them---it is hard (I know!)---but the soles will crack if disturbed before they are completely dry.)

If you would like to achieve the look of patent leather,
brush with confectioner's glaze once shoe is completely dry.

And the last bit of advice is to have fun with it. Create, laugh and have loads of fun.
After all, it is only sugar!!

Shoe Patterns

Pictures, patterns and tutorial by Jacque Benson 2007 . all right reserved

This material may not be republished or reproduced in any manner without the expressed permission of the author.


  1. Wow!! Thanks Jacque. This is a great tutorial.

  2. Jacque, as always your work is spectacular...this will be easy to follow - thanks for taking the time to post...

  3. Thank you Jacque for your great and easy to understand tutorial. You do fabulous work!

  4. Wow, thanks a lot for the great tutorial, Jacque!

  5. Wow!! Thanks Jacque. This is a great Tutorial..am being looking for the High Heel Shoe tutorial for longtime ago..it great and easy to follow.. :)

  6. Hi..Jacque do you have LV bag tutorial? Am looking for that :) i wish to do LV bag for my mum as birthday cake..



  7. Great tutorial, FAB idea using the plastic bottle as a former! Very clever!

  8. EVON,
    I have put in a request to our team requesting a tutorial for a
    LV cake....
    Thank you for asking.

  9. Hi jacque,

    Cant wait for the LV bag tutorial..



  10. Thank you Haniela, Milen, Evon and Nicole for your comments!

  11. Jacque, you made a seemingly impossible task, seem possible.Thanks ever so much

  12. I am so happy I found you guys, this is great!!!!!

  13. wish I had seen your tutorial before I spent a fortune on Stephen Benison kit.
    I have just spent a week trying to use it. Is gumpaste the same as flower paste or modelling paste

  14. Thank you this was so helpful. I am making my cousins birthday cake and she loves shoes so this tutorial was great!

  15. Cheryl, be sure to send us pics when you have made your cake!!

  16. I have a question, what size should we print the shoe template out at if we are making a 2 1/2 inch heel? (By the way, these shoes are GORGEOUS!!)

  17. Thank you Cindy,
    That is a bit subjective.
    My suggestion would be to make your heel, then cut out a pattern in wax paper and lay over the heel.
    That way you will have a visual of just how the shoe will look.
    Then adjust the pattern either larger or smaller to your own taste.

  18. thanks for tips, i was struggling with my sugar heel until i saw this post.

    keep up the good work :)

  19. Hi I love this! I´m trying to make a shoe right now but kinda difficult with kids running around and wanting to eat it :P Anyway is it ok if I put a link to your tutoral from my page? If not just let me know and I´ll remove it :P Thank you!

  20. Thanks PinkTink and Soley.

    Soley, we thank you for adding a link to our site from your page!!

  21. Those shoes are fabulous!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  22. wow nice..thanks for sharing

  23. Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same level of content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Please keep it up!,

  24. Fabulous tutorial...thanks for sharing....:O))

  25. Thanks for putting this together! This is obviously one great post. Thanks for the valuable information and insights you have so provided here.

  26. This is one of the best tutorials I have seen...now I think I can actually make a shoe. I am now going to practice using this as my guide. Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Thanks for sharing your idea I can i get Subscribe for update on your site

  28. Hi,
    do you know that all your pics are copied on facebook?

    In my opinion that's not o.k.

    Happy caking,

  29. I'd make these for my mom but my only concern would be that my dog would eat the shoes!

  30. This was absoulute wonderful! thanks so much for the tutorials!!!

  31. Im really gratfull for this tutorial my youngest sister wanted a high heel red shoe for her b-day my god I have been stressing this made me want to do it you have certainly made it easy, thank you all the the way from Cape Town, South Africa mwah

  32. Hi , I'm trying to make a shoe for my cousins 30th, now I've made out of modelling clay , and I need today, yesterday I tried to lift it , but I can see a crack forming on the under side, will this break ? What advice can you give as I have to transport it across London ???I'm worried and I am concerned about it collapsing in the middle, the heel is about 5".

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  34. Gracias por compartir este tutorial esta fabuloso. Saludos desde Uruguay.

  35. nice post!!!!!!!thanks for sharing!!!

  36. a great post to read... thanks

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  38. Awesome creativity..........!!!!!!! Amazing.....!!!!!!

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