The best gift you can give someone is something homemade of course (and if it's edible-- you get bonus points!)
-Melting chocolate (like Almond Bark)
-Pirouettes (Pepperidge Farm)
-Pastry Bag (or Ziploc Bag, just snip off a tiny corner to make a 'tip')
1. Bake cupcakes and let them cool.
2. Cut graham crackers into shape for the arch of the shoe.
3. Cover the graham crackers in melted almond bark. Let dry.
4. Ice cupcakes and dip them in a bowl of sprinkles. Let dry.
5. Ice the edges of graham crackers and dip them in a bowl of sprinkles. Let dry.
6. Cut a small slit in the cupcake and insert the graham cracker.
7. Use almond bark to attach the heel.
8. Add embellishments, using almond bark as 'glue'.
9. Place shoes on a flat surface to set.
(Detailed photos of each step can be found here)
I was a bit nervous about putting these together. Would they fall apart? Could I actually get them from my house to the restuarant in one piece? I followed the tutorial from "How Does She" exactly. That site has lots of photos of each step. Plan on giving yourself a good amount of time to complete this project. It is a little time-consuming, but totally worth it!
Happily it all worked out! I think the secret to these high heeled cupcakes is lots of Almond Bark. Icing won't hold these heels together. You definitely need melting chocolate that will harden quickly and hold its shape.
The shoe embellishments were made by piping melted almond bark (you can put it in a ziploc bag and snip off the end to create a 'pastry bag') on wax paper. I made bows, swirls, and the letter 'J' to decorate the shoes. Once the chocolate had set on the wax paper, I carefully peeled off the shapes and put them on the shoes.
I made each 'pair' of shoes a little different. Wouldn't these be a fun dessert for a bridal shower or a princess party?
And here is the birthday girl enjoying her shoes at lunch.
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