July 25, 2013 · 8:00 am
These cookies were made for a very good friend of mine. We’ve known each other since 1st or 2nd grade. A couple years ago I “introduced” her to a coworker of mine, and they are set to be married in September!
(I’m hoping I can make it to the wedding, it’s 4 days before my due date! Either this baby needs to come pretty early or on time or late for me to be able to make it. Luckily it’s in town so even if I’m still carrying baby I should be able to make it!)
Anyway, these cookies were for her cowgirl themed bridal shower. The wedding colors are orange and deep royal purple.
Here is a pic of the invitation:
I liked the brown, so I decided to go with that for my accent color on the boots.
There are three kinds of flowers going to be used for the wedding: orange gerbera daisies, orange roses, and (my favorite!) tiger lilies. Unfortunately I don’t have a cutter for a tiger lily, and my only rose cutter included a stem and leaf and I didn’t want to have to mix green as well… so I went with the ever easy, ever stunning gerbera daisy.
Instead of outlining the whole flower ahead of time and filling each section individually, I decided to do the whole thing, then add the outlines afterward. I did every other petal, then came back and added the remaining petals. I used a boo boo stick (a toothpick would work) to smooth together the touching petals, then added the yellow center at the end.
I love how simple and fun these turned out to be!
For the party I also made cupcakes. The bride requested chocolate and funfetti cupcakes. I frosting the chocolate cupcakes (recipe here) with bright orange roses.
The funfetti cupcakes were frosted in a bright purple swirl. I used a brand-new homemade recipe, which will be in the next post!
January 4, 2013 · 8:00 am
Mustaches are “in.”
Don’t know how something like that became a trend, but they’re everywhere!
AD loves mustaches. So for her birthday we put together some fun mustache pops!
I only have 1 mustache cutter, which I used for my Lorax Cookies early last year. I used this cutter, along with a couple others to come up with a few different creative mustache shapes.
My new favorite way to ice cookies is to pour the icing over them over bowl like this:
I make sure all the sides are covered, then just tap the excess off. Once it starts to set a bit, I move them to a wax paper lined baking sheet.
I used this method to ice the small cookies I made here and here.
Then I just added some details with black and brown buttercream. (This was the fun part!)
Here is the birthday girl with her mustache!
… and this is Mallory, who you met last year when she made us fun red velvet donuts!
…and the rest of the gang!
October 12, 2012 · 8:00 am
This may be the most intimidating set of cookies I have ever agreed to do… but it turned out one of the best!
Matthew was having a Scooby Doo party and his mom Michelle surprised him with these matching cookies!
I made Scooby faces….
Scooby Snacks (bones) which topped the birthday cupcakes (I did not make the cupcakes; mom added them when she got home).
…and Mystery Machines! These were tough and may have almost made me crazy, but all that goes out the window when they turn out so cute!
I’m so glad Michelle and Matthew loved their cookies. They’re definitely going to stick with me!
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August 7, 2012 · 8:00 am
I made these lovely treats for a woman who just finished radiation for breast cancer and was throwing herself a fabulous party!
The colors were PINK and BROWN. So cute.
Chocolate Cake Pops…
The pink ones were pomegranate, but ended up tasting nothing like pomegranate… I will have to try again one of these days because I love pomegranate!
I decided to try a little piped swirl for these. There were going to be a lot of guests at the party so the smaller the treat the farther it goes! I decided later that I’m glad I didn’t do the swirls with the chocolate mallows …..
These chocolate ones were a million times better than the first chocolate ones I made… dark chocolate is the key!
I hope the party was as fabulous as it was sweet!
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July 6, 2012 · 8:00 am
A friend/coworker’s daughter (Mallory!) is leaving for a 6-month exchange program in Australia. Her mom asked me to make her some cookies as a surprise.
I used a teddy bear cutter that came in my Wilton baby set (top cookie) but I turned it upsidedown to make my koalas. Koalas have big ears ya know!
To get an idea of my design, I first sketched it out on the cookie with a yellow food color marker.
Then I outlined all the cookies in black. I will be doing this more often, it made my life 1000 times easier.
I also made some kangaroos!
I teased everyone on fb with this photo of my colors… I didn’t realize how many things could be made with browns and greys until everyone started guessing!
I filled in my little koalas’ bellies, chins, and ears with light grey and let it dry a bit.
Then I came back and filled in the grey. The ears were tricky because I didn’t want to lose the “fluff” definition I made with my black.
So cute already!
Once the grey had dried a little I added some eyes and filled in the noses.
The kangaroos got filled in with brown and light tan for the bellies.
I added a little mouth to a couple of the koalas.
Bye Mallory!! You’re going to have an amazing time!
April 20, 2012 · 8:00 am
A couple days ago I posted another circus birthday, but for a boy. This time, the circus party was for a little girl.
I definitely wanted to do circus tents again, because I loved the way my last ones turned out.
I recently bought a big assorted set of Wilton cutters. (Actually didn’t get too many duplicates, which was awesome! What does everyone do with all those duplicates anyway? I have a bag started..) Anyway, in it was a balloon cutter, and after seeing the balloon cupcakes for my last circus party, I thought the balloon would be a good addition to this cookie party.
(If I weren’t doing these for 2 year olds, I would have stuck a sting to the back of each balloon with a dab of frosting. I figured 2 year olds wouldn’t know to pull it off so I just left it out.)
I came across these adorable circus cookies by Nicole of Life’s A Batch a while back, and the mama for these cookies just loved them when I sent her the link. From these cookies I drew inspiration for the pink elephants.
We also liked the idea for popcorn buckets. I had seen these by Bridget of Bake at 350 a while back, and I also loved the ones from Life’s a Batch, so I combined the ideas into something I could create with my style of frosting/icing.
For the actual popcorn kernels, I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to do. First I tried using only icing, and planned on layering blobs to create “popcorn.” But because my icing is similar to glaze, it wasn’t holding it’s popcorn shape the way I wanted.
I scraped that idea (literally) and kind of “gave up” and turned to my trusty buttercream… just started creating my blobs. They were kind of bumping into each other and not really looking like kernels anymore.. They needed butter. Problem was, I didn’t have anymore buttercream to dye yellow for the butter. I definitely didn’t want to make a whole new batch just for a couple tablespoons needed. So I winged it and started using icing. Not something I’ve ever done before. I outline in buttercream, fill in icing, and use buttercream for details. Icing on top of blobs of buttercream? What the hell is that?
I’ll tell you. It’s butter. MELTED butter.
Perfection. Accidental perfection.
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April 3, 2012 · 8:00 am
Last week I got to make cookie favors for the bridal shower of my husband’s coworker. The bridal shower was cocktail themed and the wedding colors are teal green and bright purple. (With peacock feathers!) I was so excited to make these.
I chose martinis because nothing screams “cocktail party” like a martini. Here is what we came up with:
First I outlined just the glass and background, then I squeezed a bit of uncolored icing (so that it would dry somewhat clear) into the rim of the glass.
While that dried, I filled in the background. I think the color turned out a little lighter than the wedding color, but I got it as close as I could.
Then I filled the glass with the cocktail…
Lastly I re-oulined the glass and piped on a stem and base.
Tied them up with a ribbon and they were good to go!
Too bad they’re not real martinis, I bet they would taste delicous!!
Here are some pictures from the party these were for!
May 28, 2011 · 4:56 pm
I went to a baby shower today and I wanted to make just a couple cookies to give to the parents-to-be. Plus I wanted to try out my new ONESIE cookie cutter!! I was so excited about this one. Here is the cutter:
The baby’s name will be Jude Indigo Rule, and the parents are doing everything in green and brown (rather than the traditional blue).
I had SUCH a hard time getting my brown to darken. It just looked like tan/orangish. I finally added a little black and it got much better. My buttercream turned out a lot darker than the icing though because I always forget that buttercream darkens after a few hours. Oh well they still looked so cute! There was only 4 so I came up with 4 unique saying to put on them.
The first one is “Hey! Jude” cuz well, I had to do it…
The second is “Rock ‘n Rule”…
The third I did the initials…
And the last one is “iRule”… I just thought it was a cute saying, but I found out after I gave it to the mom-to-be that that is exactly how the dad-to-be introduced himself to her when they met. “Hi, my name is Russ, and I Rule.” Haha…
I put all 4 little individual wrapped cookies in a little gift bag. I had planned on tying them to the top of the gift I was bringing, but my treat bags were shorter than I thought.
It worked out better anyways cuz other gifts ended up stacked on top of it and they would have gotten broken. And plus it started raining and we had to grab all the gifts and run them to a car. Cookies need protecting! lol.
**This is going to be a cookie summer! Coming up: graduation cookies for 2 different parties and 2 more baby showers!