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Sign up to win my New Craftsy Online Class- Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies

I’m so thrilled to announce my Craftsy class, Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies!!!  Shooting a video with Craftsy was such a wonderful experience. The people at Craftsy are so incredibly nice, fun and funny too. Click here and sign up to win to take this class for free!

Drawing will end December 10 at 5:00 pm EST

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I start with the basics and go over cookie recipes. Next I talk about choosing cookie cutters, rolling dough and baking the cookies. Then I’ll talk briefly about designing your cookie.

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Run sugar is the most popular cookie decorating technique students want to learn. I’ll take you through different icing consistency and show you how to make your icing perfectly smooth. Then I’ll show you different outlining and marbleizing effects.

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I’ll show you how to cover your cookie with rolled fondant and also how to add some cool textures.

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Next I’ll talk about some feminine techniques like brush embroidery, eyelet lace, and a stained glass effect.

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Learn how to paint and flock on cookies too!

Sign up to win this class today, and learn so much more!

Drawing will end December 10 at 5:00 pm EST.

Cupcake Class- Flavors and Decorating Ideas

I am looking forward to teaching two cupcake classes this week. We’ll be making lots of yummy combinations with fun decorations on each plus a cupcake bouquet. Here are 3 of the 12 cupcakes.

Peppermint swirl cupcakes

Classic Red Velvet

Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream icing

Guest Speaker at Tapestry in Fort Wayne

I was asked to be a guest speaker at one of the Breakout Sessions for Tapestry.  Tapestry:  A Day for Women, is a day of inspiration, renewal and education for women in all stages of life.  It is an annual event with a featured keynote speaker every year.  This year, the keynote speaker is Sandra Lee.   She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows, as well as a New York Times best-selling author of 17 books.  

I will be demonstrating edible bouquets, including, cupcakes, cookie and candy bouquets.  Below is a sample of one of the bouquets.

Class- Hand Modeling Figures with Gum Paste

I’m teaching a class, April 15, on hand modeling figures and animals with gum paste and rolled fondant. We are focusing on basic sitting and standing animals and basic standing and sitting people (like in the picture below). I am also hoping to have a hand modeling book done in early 2011. Watch for updates!

Country Kitchen SweetArt’s Annual Open House

This week we’ve been busy working on Country Kitchen’s annual open house.  I am teaching a brief cookie decorating demo where  I’ll be dressing gingerbread boys and girls with chocolate, decorating cut-outs with chocolate and transfer sheets, and decorating cookies with fondant.  Below are some cookies decorated with fondant. 

Country Kitchen’s 45th Anniversary

Country Kitchen SweetArt was started 45 years ago by my Grandma and Grandpa, Mildred and Wilbur Brand.  My parents took over ownership in 1986.  Both my mom and dad (Vi and Ed Whittington) are retired, though they both can be found here doing projects every so often.  In fact, my mom just finished her Cooked Sugar Art book this summer!   I feel so thankful to have been “born-into” such an awesome business.  We are celebrating the week of October 19-23 with various events, special pricing and doorprizes.  We are also having a local Celebrity Challenge Thursday evening with participants:  Mayor Tom Henry, FW Derby Girls, Melissa Montana (CEO of Star 88.3) and Cathy Brand-Beere (Owner of DeBrand Chocolates).

My mom, niece Kayla and I decorated a five tier cake for the week long event.  We had so much fun creating an assortment of the treats that surround the cake.  Everything on the cake is edible.  My mom made the awesome little cake stands from Isomalt.  We used an assortment of media to create the treats including fondant, royal icing, gelatin, and more. 

Cookie Bouquets for Spring Open House

Country Kitchen’s Spring Open House is this Friday, April 17.  I am giving four demonstrations on cookie bouquets.  The demos include buttercream iced cookies, chocolate iced cookies and fondant covered cookies.  The fondant cookie bouquets will be wedding and baby shower themed bouquets.  I will be demonstrating my new mini cookie cutter texture sets.  Below are samples of the cookie bouquets I am showing in one of the demonstrations.

Baby Cookie Bouquet with Mini Baby Cookies

Baby Cookie Bouquet with Mini Baby Cookies

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Mini Brown and Pink Wedding Cookie Bouquet

Mini Wedding Cookie Bouquets

Mini Wedding Cookie Bouquets