Sunday, January 26, 2014

Superbowl XLVIII - Broncos Cookies

My friend, a Broncos fan, asked me if I could make her football-themed cookies for her Superbowl party this weekend. I was more than happy to help.

I live just outside Seattle and making these might be enough to get me kicked out. I'll have to make Seahawks cookies next.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dragonfly and Mushroom Cookies

I used my airbrush to add color to the dragonflies' wings. I started by outlining then flooding the wings with white icing. I left that to dry overnight and then airbrushed the wings the next day. I outlined the wings again with white icing then piped the dragonflies' thorax and abdomen.

I applied the white dots on the mushroom were with the wet-on-wet technique. I piped red, twenty-second icing, and then added the white dots while the red icing was still wet. I waited for the red icing to crust over slightly before I added the mushroom stem.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hedgehog Cookies

I had some leftover dough when I was making the Ninjago cookies this week so I decided to make some extra cookies and experiment with something new. I had gotten a Hedgehog cookie cutter as a Christmas gift that I hadn't used yet and I thought this would be a fun one to try. I liked the idea of making a cutesy hedgehog but also one that had the realistic texture of a hedgehog. Fortunately, royal icing is very versatile and can be used to create so many different effects. I used stiffer, outline consistency royal icing and a Wilton #2 tip to make the hedgehog's quills. To make the hedgehogs look more cutesy, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration where I found many hedgehogs cookies made with flowers and bows placed near their ears. I had also recently purchased some orchid pink luster dust that I hadn't yet had a chance to use. I used a slightly damp rounded paintbrush to dust this on their cheeks and give them their rosy complexion.

I also experimented with layering different shades of brown when I was making the quills. These cookies took a lot of individual quills. It was time consuming work, and, if I were to make these again, I think I would flood the upper portion of the hedgehog with dark brown royal icing first so that I wouldn't have to be as concerned about layering the quills and having the lighter cookie shade showing through. Chocolate roll-out cookies would work well for this design too.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Lego Ninjago Cookies

I made these cookies for a friend's son's 7th birthday party. I followed Sugarbelle's tutorial fairly closely. I used the Wilton Comfort-Grip Egg cookie cutter and trimmed off a couple of pieces from the bottom to give them this shape. Instead of piping on frosting for the eyes, I cut out my own stencil and airbrushed them on with black food dye.

When my older daughters saw me making these cookies, they got very excited. They immediately insisted that I make "the Gold Ninja." I had no idea what this was, but it wasn't hard to figure it out. It's exactly what it sounds like. A gold ninja. So I decided to give making one a try. I made on Ninjago character that looked just like the others except that it's base color was a yellowish brown. Then I airbrushed some gold sheen food dye onto the cookie. This was my first attempt at using my airbrush to evenly cover a larger surface. I wished I had made more brown Ninjago cookies to use for practice. I had only made two so I didn't have much room for experimenting, but I think it turned out well enough.

I sent one gold ninja along with all the others for the birthday boy.