Coolest Running Shoe Cake for 40 and Fabulous Marathoner

My good friend Julie was turning 40 and she asked that we all not make a fuss over her birthday. Well, we all know what a milestone 40 is, so, we of course ignored her request. A small dinner party of her closest girlfriends, we took her to an awesome Mexican restaurant.Julie is one of the most caring, inspirational and motivating people we know.She is a seasoned and dedicated runner and what a better cake design for her than a running shoe! Not to mention, Julie taught me how to bake and decorate my kids’ birthday cakes, I couldn’t provide a store bought cake nor simply get a dessert we all would share from the restaurant.

So, alas the running shoe cake! I took a 9×13 cake and cut it in half lengthwise and stacked it. I got my husband’s shoe and traced it on parchment paper, cut it out and placed it on top of the stacked cake. I free-handed the design, cutting here and there to mold the shoe. I frosted it with butter cream icing. I made my own marshmallow fondant and my daughter helped me color it with gray, pink and green, leaving most of it white. I put a couple of nutter butter cookies underneath the fondant where the shoe tongue and laces were, to give it more dimension.

I cut the fondant and put it on the shoe mold in sections- the tongue, sides, heel, etc. I took a meat tenderizer and pounded the fondant to give it that mesh texture and look. I cut the laces and placed them on the shoe. Finally, I added the birthday message on the cake board. She loved it…in fact, a lot of patrons liked the cake. It was definitely fitting to her personality and style!

Coolest Running Shoe Cake for 40 and Fabulous Marathoner

Coolest Running Shoe Cake for 40 and Fabulous Marathoner

Coolest Running Shoe Cake for 40 and Fabulous Marathoner

Coolest Running Shoe Cake for 40 and Fabulous Marathoner