High Heel Cupcakes

Ok, all you lovers of high heels! I’ve received a few requests from our fans on Facebook that I share a tutorial on these high heel cupcakes I made last week, so here it is!

High Heel Cupcakes

So cute, right?!

My friend originally got this idea from flipping through our local newspaper, The Denver Post. Go figure! We knew it would be perfect for the girl’s party we were having. I’ve also been told by a few readers that you can find an awesome shoe tutorial in this book, Cupcakes, Cookies, and Pies, Oh, My. I’m sure these tutorials are much more descriptive than mine, but I’ll share what’s worked for me. These take some time to make, but are a lot of fun, especially if you’re making them with friends.

You ready? Let’s start!

Step One: Cupcakes

Bake your cupcakes. Keep in mind, the liners you pick will be the bottom of your shoe. Sometimes I bake with double liners, so that the liner’s color is more vibrant.

High Heel Cupcakes

You’re then going to want to frost your cupcakes.

You can use coordinating colors to go with your cupcake liners, or change it up, however you’d like.

High Heel Cupcakes

I first whipped up my frosting, and then I used this awesome food coloring to change the colors of my frosting. The great part is, you only need a drop of this stuff. The color goes a long way!

High Heel Cupcakes

This next part is fun. Assemble your sprinkes and decorate away!

High Heel Cupcakes

I found that holding the cupcake and dipping it upside down into your sprinkles works really well if you want full sprinkle coverage.

You can also sprinkle them with your hand. Be as creative as you want!

Finished? Good! Let’s move on to the next part of the shoe.

High Heel Cupcakes

Step Two: Arches

Take a graham cracker and cut (or break) it in half. Place your graham cracker on a cutting board. Using a knife, turn it diagonally, and cut about 3/4″ to an inch off of each corner, slightly tapering it.
In my opinion this is the hardest part. Don’t get discouraged if you break a few. The trick for me was to brace the full cracker in one hand, while swifly cutting the corners off in one fast swipe.

High Heel Cupcakes When you’re finished, your cookie will look similar to a tie. It’s fine if it’s not cut perfectly, these are very forgiving and will look great once you cover them with chocolate.

I’ve heard nutter butters, or Pepperidge Farms milano cookies would work as well, but I’ve never tried it.

High Heel Cupcakes

For the colored part in the arches, you will need this awesome invention called candy melts.

Melt them in the microwave in 10 sec. increments. Stir after each time until it is smooth and melted. Don’t be afraid if you need to reheat along the way.

High Heel Cupcakes

Dip one side of the graham cracker into the melted candy melts and smooth the excess chocolate with a knife, spoon or spatula. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth. Mine were rather wavy, and they turned out fine. Once again, you only need to cover one side.
High Heel Cupcakes

I used these candy melts for mine. You can find them in many different colors, so once again you can choose to coordinate it with your liners and frosting.

Once you’ve dipped your cracker in the chocolate, lay them on a sheet of wax paper to dry.

The great thing about candy melts, is that they dry rather quickly. You can even speed up the process by sticking them in the refrigerator.

High Heel Cupcakes

Next, you will pipe frosting along the edges of your cracker. You can use a piping bag and tip, or you can be professional like me and use a ziplock bag. ;) Keep in mind that you are piping on FROSTING, not your candy melts. I just used the left-over frosting from my cupcakes. Once again, don’t worry if your piping job is uneven. We’ll fix that.

 After you have piped your frosting, you can dip the cracker in sprinkles to give it a nice finished look. Place back on your wax paper to dry, or if you’re in a hurry you can attach the heel first and then let it dry.

Now is also the time to place any other candy on the arch that you may wish to have. (See pics of finished shoes below.)

High Heel Cupcakes

Step Three: Heels

For the heels, you will need a package of cookie sticks.

Pirouettes, or Oreo Fun Stix work great.

High Heel Cupcakes

Cut the cookie in half, and then cut one side at an angle. Your arch will sit on the angled portion.

When you are ready to attach your arch and heel, take a knife, or spoon, and gently press down about a 1/2 inch (or bigger, depending on what you find works for you). Remove the frosting and small piece of the cupcake to expose a small hole. This will be where you insert the arch.

High Heel Cupcakes

 To attach the arch, gently press it into your cupcake. (I would make sure to hold onto the middle of the cracker, so you don’t smudge your frosted edges.) You can place frosting on either side’s arch to make it more stable, or gently use your finger to smooth the frosting around the arch.

Keep supporting it with your hand as you reach for the heel.

High Heel Cupcakes

Dip the angled portion of your cookie stick (heel) into your melted candy melts. (You may need to re-heat this beforehand).

Gently put the arch on the heel, and let go. You will not want to move them again until they’ve dried and are stable to move.

-Note. Make sure your cupcakes are on a level surface so that they don’t fall as they dry.

High Heel Cupcakes

Next, you can accessorize your shoe however you want! I used sixlets, pearl sprinkles, and gumballs. Sweet Baking Supply had a huge variety in all colors to choose from.

High Heel Cupcakes

 And you’re done! The finished product will look something like this: TA DA!

High Heel Cupcakes

High Heel Cupcakes

I decided adding some girly bows was a must, so the night before I made the cupcakes, I made some fondant bows to accessorize my shoe.

High Heel Cupcakes

High Heel Cupcakes High Heel Cupcakes

Please don’t look too closely at my bows, as it was first time making them! Fondant is trickier than it looks. Just sayin’. :)

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I had the help of my little assistant along the way.

High Heel Cupcakes

So we decided to make a few ‘mini-me’ heels just for her.

High Heel Cupcakes

 Adorable, right?! How cute would these be for a little girls’ princess party?! Eek!

It could be the little glass slipper. :) Awww.

High Heel Cupcakes

 Moving on…there’s really no rules for how to decorate these, have fun with it!

You can make them in pairs:

High Heel Cupcakes

 Or individually.

High Heel Cupcakes

These would be so fun to have at a bachelorette party, or a girly-girl birthday party, or simply a GNO!

High Heel Cupcakes

High Heel Cupcakes

High Heel Cupcakes

 

I thought these would be a really cute Mother’s Day present, so I packaged it up in a gable box and gave it to my mom with a new pair of heels. :)

High Heel Cupcakes

I also thought they’d make cute gifts for your girlfriends, or even bridesmaids! The possibilites are endless with these!

High Heel Cupcakes

High Heel Cupcakes

And there you have it! The high heel cupcake tutorial! I hope you had as much fun reading as I had baking.

(Probably not, considering I ate half of them.) ;)

And because we love pinterest around here, here is a collage to remind you where to come when you are ready to make some! Follow our baking board while you are over there. :)

High Heel Cupcakes

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Almost all of the cupcake liners, sprinkles, food coloring, and fondant used in this post were from the Sweet Baking Supply shop! They have the BEST selection to choose from. Be prepared to spend a lot of time shopping. It’s a baker’s paradise. Seriously.

Happy baking (and eating)!

High Heel Cupcakes! Oooh La La.

High Heel Cupcakes! Oooh La La.

Ingredients

  • Cupcakes - any flavor - baked
  • Graham Crackers
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles (a variety)
  • Candy Melts
  • Pirouettes, or Oreo Fun Stix work great.

Instructions

  1. Bake your cupcakes. Keep in mind, the liners you pick will be the bottom of your shoe. Sometimes I bake with double liners, so that the liner’s color is more vibrant.
  2. You’re then going to want to frost your cupcakes.
  3. You can use coordinating colors to go with your cupcake liners, or change it up, however you’d like.
  4. I first whipped up my frosting, and then I used this awesome food coloring to change the colors of my frosting. The great part is, you only need a drop of this stuff. The color goes a long way!
  5. This next part is fun. Assemble your sprinkes and decorate away!
  6. Take a graham cracker and cut (or break) it in half. Place your graham cracker on a cutting board. Using a knife, turn it diagonally, and cut about 3/4″ to an inch off of each corner, slightly tapering it.
  7. In my opinion this is the hardest part. Don’t get discouraged if you break a few. The trick for me was to brace the full cracker in one hand, while swifly cutting the corners off in one fast swipe.
  8. When you’re finished, your cookie will look similar to a tie. It’s fine if it’s not cut perfectly, these are very forgiving and will look great once you cover them with chocolate.
  9. I’ve heard nutter butters, or Pepperidge Farms milano cookies would work as well, but I’ve never tried it.
  10. For the colored part in the arches, you will need this awesome invention called candy melts.
  11. Melt them in the microwave in 10 sec. increments. Stir after each time until it is smooth and melted. Don’t be afraid if you need to reheat along the way.
  12. Dip one side of the graham cracker into the melted candy melts and smooth the excess chocolate with a knife, spoon or spatula. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly smooth. Mine were rather wavy, and they turned out fine. Once again, you only need to cover one side.
  13. I used these candy melts for mine. You can find them in many different colors, so once again you can choose to coordinate it with your liners and frosting.
  14. Once you’ve dipped your cracker in the chocolate, lay them on a sheet of wax paper to dry.
  15. The great thing about candy melts, is that they dry rather quickly. You can even speed up the process by sticking them in the refrigerator.
  16. Next, you will pipe frosting along the edges of your cracker. You can use a piping bag and tip, or you can be professional like me and use a ziplock bag. ;) Keep in mind that you are piping on FROSTING, not your candy melts. I just used the left-over frosting from my cupcakes. Once again, don’t worry if your piping job is uneven. We’ll fix that.
  17. After you have piped your frosting, you can dip the cracker in sprinkles to give it a nice finished look. Place back on your wax paper to dry, or if you’re in a hurry you can attach the heel first and then let it dry.
  18. Now is also the time to place any other candy on the arch that you may wish to have.
  19. For the heels, you will need a package of cookie sticks.
  20. Cut the cookie in half, and then cut one side at an angle. Your arch will sit on the angled portion.
  21. When you are ready to attach your arch and heel, take a knife, or spoon, and gently press down about a 1/2 inch (or bigger, depending on what you find works for you). Remove the frosting and small piece of the cupcake to expose a small hole. This will be where you insert the arch.
  22. To attach the arch, gently press it into your cupcake. (I would make sure to hold onto the middle of the cracker, so you don’t smudge your frosted edges.) You can place frosting on either side’s arch to make it more stable, or gently use your finger to smooth the frosting around the arch.
  23. Keep supporting it with your hand as you reach for the heel.
  24. Dip the angled portion of your cookie stick (heel) into your melted candy melts. (You may need to re-heat this beforehand).
  25. Gently put the arch on the heel, and let go. You will not want to move them again until they’ve dried and are stable to move.
  26. -Note. Make sure your cupcakes are on a level surface so that they don’t fall as they dry.
  27. Next, you can accessorize your shoe however you want! I used sixlets, pearl sprinkles, and gumballs.
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COMMENTS
  1. May 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Emily says:
    Simply incredible! They turned out just gorgeous!!
  2. May 11th, 2012 at 9:43 am
    Alison says:
    CUTE CUTE CUTE!
    • July 4th, 2014 at 9:15 am
      Edith says:
      You did a good job in the tutorial. I needed it for my friend's birthday in August. :
      :-) will let you know how it turned out. In the meantime, will just oohs and aahs your creation for now. Good job!
  3. May 11th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    Hilary says:
    Such a fun post! Guuuuush. I love how you made the mini-heels. LOVE!
  4. May 11th, 2012 at 2:44 pm
    Shelley says:
    These take my breath away. I love the colors and all the little details. Thanks for sharing what worked for you. :)
  5. May 11th, 2012 at 3:43 pm
    Mindy says:
    Oh my goodness those are adorable!!! Nice work.
  6. May 11th, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    nickelle says:
    Seriously! The Cutest High Heel Cups Cakes EVER. (period) :)
    Good Job Alysha!!
  7. May 12th, 2012 at 10:22 am
    Christy says:
    These are just too cute!
  8. May 12th, 2012 at 12:32 pm
    MandySue says:
    Just loved your tutorial, it was fun, informative and so cute! I can't wait to make these tasty treats! Thank you for sharing!!!!!
  9. May 12th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    Lindsey Marlor says:
    ummmm these turned out ahhmazing!!! your awesome!
  10. May 12th, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Lara says:
    These are darling!!!!!!!!
  11. May 13th, 2012 at 4:44 pm
    Nesleirbag says:
    The. very. cutest. cupcakes. Ever! And your step by steps described it so well! You are so wonderfully creative! Thank you for a wonderful post!
  12. May 13th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    Gigi says:
    Woaw! I don't even want to eat something so beautiful.
    http://www.tributetothetribe.com
  13. May 13th, 2012 at 8:38 pm
    Tara says:
    Absolutely DARLING!! Seriously! I wanna wear these, not eat them! lol
  14. May 14th, 2012 at 6:35 am
    Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says:
    Cute!!!!
  15. May 14th, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    kelly says:
    Do you have an easy cupcake icing recipe - like for these high heel cupcakes please? thanks
    • May 14th, 2012 at 6:04 pm
      alysha says:
      Hi Kelly! Yes, I do! I mixed 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons milk. Super easy. :)
  16. May 14th, 2012 at 7:35 pm
    Kristy says:
    I imagine you could leave the graham cracker out of the equation and just use the melts on parchment paper to make the shape of the arches. That's honestly what I thought you did when I saw the post on Facebook. :)
  17. May 14th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
    Connie says:
    Gorgeous!
  18. May 14th, 2012 at 9:35 pm
    Alyssa says:
    These turned out amazing!
  19. May 14th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
    Carolyn M says:
    Excellent job! I have a similar recipe for them from DUFF and got all my supplies for them at the Michael's store and the directions online at Michael's website. They are called "Fancy Shoes Cupcakes"

    http://www.michaels.com/fancy-shoes-cupcakes/29998,default,pd.html
  20. May 15th, 2012 at 6:33 am
    Susan says:
    These are just fabulous!
  21. May 15th, 2012 at 9:10 am
    Sherry says:
    Nice work! I love how your nails match the cupcakes. :) Everything looks amazing! And those mini heels!!
  22. May 15th, 2012 at 9:25 am
    Danielle Cattani says:
    Where did you get your adorable boxes??? i LOVE them!
    • May 15th, 2012 at 11:43 am
      alysha says:
      Hi Danielle! Thanks for your comment. The boxes are actually from Michael's. You can get them in the baking section. :)
  23. May 15th, 2012 at 11:30 am
    Nicky says:
    Thank you for posting this! I LOVE your blog!!!!
  24. May 15th, 2012 at 11:37 am
    Gracie says:
    Cupcakes and Heels!! My kinda party! :)
  25. May 15th, 2012 at 11:39 am
    Ashley says:
    WOW! Those look INCREDIBLE!
  26. May 15th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Korinthia Klein says:
    Too cute! Thanks for the tutorial.
  27. May 15th, 2012 at 11:47 pm
    Alissa says:
    These are the CUTEST cupcakes I have EVER seen in my life! I'm in love with them! :) Thanks for sharing this great idea!
  28. May 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm
    Caddie says:
    Super cute! And your bows are great!
  29. May 16th, 2012 at 10:17 am
    darlene says:
    cutest idea ever! can't wait to make up a million reasons to make these :)
  30. May 17th, 2012 at 8:20 am
    Mandy says:
    So...where can I order these. Can you make me some too? :) Love every last detail, from the bows to the mini-heels!
  31. May 21st, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    Shannon says:
    These are wonderful! Thank you much for sharing these- I can't wait to make them! And your fondant bows look great, BTW! If that's your first time, well, you must have a gift or something! Great work!
  32. June 3rd, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    Mel Miller says:
    These are adorable! I posted your tutorial on FAcebook to share your blog!! So many of my friends love it & continue to ask me how you did them!!
    You are an inspiration to craft addicts like me :).
  33. June 9th, 2012 at 11:21 pm
    Linda says:
    Thank you for posting this. I pinned you on my board. ;^)
  34. June 19th, 2012 at 5:43 pm
    Pat says:
    My daughter loves High Heels and has many different kinds. These will be great for her bridal shower! I love making different types of cakes. No one knows what will come out of my kitchen next!
  35. August 15th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Geimy says:
    Thank you for posting this. I have been wanting to do something big for our end of the summer Girls Night IN with my 4 daughters 18, 14, 13, 9. And this will just absolutely blow their minds because WE all love shoes and they know I love my high heels. I love watching my girls go in my closet and put my heels on and walk all over the house. This will be so much fun to make together. Can't wait to see what they come up with.
  36. August 15th, 2012 at 11:46 am
    maggie says:
    Instead of cutting up graham crackers you could use lady fingers.
  37. August 17th, 2012 at 7:49 pm
    Pamela says:
    I love this cute idea.. How did you make the peep toed shoes? Want to use for a party..
  38. August 19th, 2012 at 8:14 am
    Pamela (pinknmascara) says:
    Love this idea.. And I really like your site. Now following with my blog at pinknmascara.blogspot.com, also on twitter and Facebook and pinterest
  39. September 3rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    Monica Nikolai says:
    I LOVE these cupcakes! Just a few ideas. The larger ladyfingers r perfect because they r the shape of a sole.I also sprayed the heels with color spray to match the color of the shoe.I find that they are hard to transport due to the fragile nature of them.
  40. September 14th, 2012 at 10:54 am
    Victoria says:
    How well do these high heel cupcakes transport? They look so fragile that I would be afraid to move it to a different platter or box. Can you share your experience with this?
  41. September 19th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    Angela says:
    PLEASE TELL ME THERE IS A PLACE WHERE I CAN ORDER THESE HIGH HEEL CUPCAKES?????????? LOL
  42. October 19th, 2012 at 2:47 am
    Fatma says:
    I love it ! Thank you for the Tutorial...
  43. October 31st, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    Anneliese Tairawhiti says:
    Hi there - For some reason I can't e mail this or print it out - wanting to make these this weekend for my Mothers 60th Birthday...
  44. December 7th, 2012 at 11:56 pm
    Jovan says:
    Alysha,
    These are the most amazing cupcakes I have ever seen!
    My client just opened a shoe store and these are so perfect for serving with champagne on "Girl's Nite Out" events at the store! Can't thank you enough for posting this information. If you send me your mailing address I will send YOU a fabulous shoe related gift for posting this! Best Regards, Jovan Van Drielle, Scottsdale, Arizona
  45. February 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 pm
    Alisa Seymour says:
    i love this, I going to try this with a women's group at church.
  46. February 26th, 2013 at 7:55 pm
    celesteandpearl.blogspot.com says:
    You girls are incredible! Thank you for the amazing tutorial! We made these this past weekend for our Academy Awards party, and while they weren't near as pretty as your's, we had so much fun and they were a smash hit!! We're posting how our's turned out on our blog with a big thank you to you and a link to your site! Thanks again and love your work! xox Liz and Lo {celesteandpearl.blogspot.com}
  47. April 7th, 2013 at 8:37 pm
    Chauntae says:
    How sexy, exciting, simple' yet sophisticated! I love it! Ideas are flowing. Thank you so much for sharing and your instructions are very easy to navigate. Great ideas!
  48. April 10th, 2013 at 11:06 pm
    Jaslyn Fellows says:
    Hi, for my birthday I was thinking about having higheel cupcakes making them would be fun, but it would be easier to order them so I would like to know if there are any bakeries that specialize in them.
  49. April 21st, 2013 at 6:10 am
    Elizabeth says:
    My friend and I saw some high-heel cupcakes in a Facebook post and loved the idea! She wanted some for her upcoming birthday. I agreed to make them for her. I couldn't find a good recipe until I saw this one. The step by step directions with great pictures to accompany each step was incredible! It was so much fun making these and they turned out beautiful and delicious. My friend was so thrilled to get her high-heels!!!
  50. May 5th, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    Amina says:
    I read this tutorial around 8pm and had to make them immediately! it's super easy! my sisters birthday is today and the whole week i was thinking what to make for he. and when i saw these heels i had to make them for her, hence she's a biiiiiig heels fan and has approximately a 100 pair of them.thank you so much for this tutorial! i would have uploaded some pictures, but's it's night and i don't think they would turn out as wanted them to be.so i'll take some the first thing in the morning :)
  51. May 14th, 2013 at 2:37 pm
    Heather @ Snookie's Cakes says:
    Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing.
  52. May 20th, 2013 at 2:33 pm
    Jeri Dettmann says:
    How far in advance can the "high heel cupcakes" be made? Was wondering, I'm considering making 120 of these cupcakes for a Ladies Spring Tea next year.

    Jeri
  53. May 28th, 2013 at 1:50 pm
    Bernadette says:
    Could you use those Ovation chocolate sticks for the heel? Or would they not be in proportion and/or not be able to support things?
  54. June 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
    Mary Faucett says:
    Used a Nutter Butter by Nabisco for the instep. Separated the cookie and scraped off peanut butter this gave me two insteps to use. The figure 8 of the cookie was perfect and eliminated cutting the gram cracker.
  55. July 12th, 2013 at 8:17 pm
    Geri says:
    I love these and they looks so easy to make that even I could do them. I'll have to think of an excuse to have a get together and "serve" them!
  56. July 13th, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    Aleasha says:
    Wonderful little goodies!! My Daughter is turning 5 and she' a shoe diva :)
  57. July 18th, 2013 at 7:23 am
    Kathy says:
    Oh, but these shoes are gorgeous! Probably you published this a while back, but I just found it. I love your artistic touches. Thanks for this idea! :)
  58. July 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am
    Sarah says:
    what would be a great way of "shipping" these to a bridalshower. I am going to attempt to make them for my sister, but what do you suggest to make travel possable
  59. August 1st, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    marji says:
    these are the greatest! can hardly wait for a GNO to make them together. I think it will be great fun with everyone creating their own. Thank you. I wish there was a shorter version I could print out to take with us.
  60. August 1st, 2013 at 8:02 pm
    marji says:
    cover your tray with parchment or aluminum foil and I think I would add a dab of frosting on the bottom of the shoe and the bottom of the heel and place them close together on the tray and this should stabilize them for transporting. Just remember to gently loosen them (maybe with a sharp knife or a metal spatula) before serving. I'm sure this would save the shoes from destruction during the move.
  61. September 30th, 2013 at 12:36 am
    Kimberly says:
    Hi Great Recipe. I thought of something to make this easier. Milano cookies for the show part.
  62. September 30th, 2013 at 2:50 am
    Jenue says:
    Love it!
  63. September 30th, 2013 at 9:29 am
    shirley Day says:
    I thought the high heels were great, I'm all the time thinking of something to carry to the nursing home for the nurses. I can't wait to start.
  64. September 30th, 2013 at 11:27 am
    Miriam Gomez says:
    I love your Cup Cakes.. soo Cute
  65. October 1st, 2013 at 10:56 am
    sonia says:
    hi!! how do you transport the stilettos? thanks ;)
  66. October 1st, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    Carolyn Taylor says:
    Just incredible. Very cute!
  67. October 3rd, 2013 at 8:39 am
    Myrtle Bennett says:
    thank you for sharing your cupcakes they are wonderful., I'm sure my granddaughters will love them if mine are a success!!
    I live in Holland and do not know what candy melts are can you explane them?
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