Ok, so this all started last March when my mother-in-law and I took cake decorating classes at the local Michael's. Here's my first cake:
Then I made a similar cake for my husband's birthday. He's a Star Wars fan, so this was his selection:
Then I took the second course on flowers. Here was the final cake for that class:
And then there was the final class on fondant and gum paste. I'm not much of a fan of fondant, but it was interesting to learn.
From there, I started playing on my own with cookies. I first saw it on Our Best Bites. I started out using their glace icing. Here's my first attempts: cookies for Fourth of July.
And then for Thanksgiving, I made some acorns, turkeys, and maple leaves.
This was my last attempt at glace icing. Although I like the taste of it more than royal icing, it was so hard to get nice detailing with it. The only way to get good definition (for me at least), I had to make it so stiff that it was hard to pipe. Also, I noticed that a day or two after the icing dried, it got a sort of cloudy look to it that wasn't so appealing. So then I tried my hand at royal icing. My first attempt was for my first paying order that I mentioned yesterday.
I thought they turned out pretty well. Not perfect, but definitely improving.