Ballet Shoes Cake

This birthday cake was made for a grandmother who was a ballerina in her younger days. According to her daughter she is "loud, and loves big jewelry!", so I designed the cake to feature lots of handmade sugar jewels and a pair of ballet pointe shoes on top.

Close-up detail of the front plaque

These beautiful sugar ballet shoes were handmade by my assistant, who is also my daughter, Charlie - she is an AP art student and a fully certified food handler - not bad for 16!