Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My First Attempts

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:

My son's first birthday fell within a few days of this class, so I made it into a birthday cake.  Not so pretty, but he didn't seem to mind.
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.
 Then for Halloween, I made some pumpkins, bats, and spiderwebs that I thought turned out pretty cute.

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.

It went ok.  Some of the cookies dried a bit splotchy, and I've figured out that my piping icing was a bit too stiff, so it didn't flow very smoothly.  On my next order, I thinned the piping icing quite a bit more, and it went a lot smoother.

Which brings us to my latest project.  We were invited to the first birthday party of our realtor's little girl, so I made her some cookies:

I thought they turned out pretty well.  Not perfect, but definitely improving. 


Grant and Vicki said...

WOW!! You are GOOD! This work is gorgeous! We wish you all the best in your new venture - and if need a taster LET ME KNOW! ..... Looking forward to a price list and ordering instructions .... Grant and Vicki

Kenni said...

This gives me hope for my cookie decorating! Those butterflies are so pretty!