Back in 1993- yikes…that seems like ages ago… anyway, in 1993 I picked up a Better Homes and Garden Christmas Cookies magazine. The magazine featured a family who painted cookies every year at Christmas. I loved the idea of painting on cookies. This article really ignited my passion for cookies. From that day on, I began painting and piping with cookie icing nearly daily. Although I will get into candy making moods, or cupcake making moods, and even jewelry making moods, but I seem to always come back to decorating cookies as my absolute favorite pasttime. These Easter cookies are covered in white run sugar icing. After the icing has hardened (overnight), the cookies are painted with food color thinned with water.
This cake is quite easy to make, but it is important to make the flowers ahead of time. The flowers are molded with white gum paste, using my Flower fun candy mold. To use the mold with gum paste, lightly spray the mold with a grease cooking spray, like Pam. Wipe the excess off the mold with a paper towel. Press gum paste into the cavities. Use excess gum paste to pull the flower from the mold. Allow the molded flowers to set overnight, or several days. When set, color with a black food color marker. When ready to decorate the cake, roll black fondant, texture with diamond scroll from my Floral texture mat set, then cut panels to fit on the sides of the top and bottom tier. Small white dots were piped using royal icing. A black royal icing border covers the seams of the black panels. The middle tier was covered with white rolled fondant. Piping gel was applied to the back of Damask edible image strips and placed around the side. Once the tiers are decorated, piping gel attach the flowers.
Valentine’s day love notes and kisses are great symbols for Valentine’s Day! I love the SWAK theme and have seen it all over stores this Valentine’s day. I had fun coming up with this theme and these four treats were super easy and fast to decorate. The cupcakes were piped with buttercream icing and accented with rolled fondant details. The lips were molded from a candy mold. The envelopes were cut from a rectangle metal cutter. The sheet cake was covered in fondant and accented with cut rolled fondant letters and candy molded lips. The cookies were decorated using thinned royal icing (flood icing). The sucker bouquet was created with red candy coating using a lip sucker mold. Complete instructions for these treats can be found on Country Kitchen SweetArt’s website.
This pumpkin cookie box was created with Nordicware’s 3-D pumpkin pan. The cookie dough was rolled and then formed into the sprayed pan. After the bowl was baked and cooled, I covered it with orange rolled fondant and added rolled fondant accents. The sugar cookies inside the box were iced with run sugar icing. This project was one of ten of my projects that were featured in “1000 ideas for decorating cupcakes, cookies & cakes.” Whenever I need some inspiration, this is my go-to book! It is full of beautiful confectionary projects from around the world.
Owls continue to be a hot theme. Owls are great for birthday themes, graduation or fall. I decorated these owls with bright, vibrant jewel tones to compliment the beautiful colors of fall. These cookies were baked with a chocolate sugar cookie recipe, and decorated with run sugar.