Monday, February 28, 2011

Photography Themed Cookies

This is the second part of the wedding shower cookies.  The bride is into photography, so I made camera and filmstrip cookies.  I found a few examples of camera cookies on flickr, so I kind of picked and chose which details I liked and added some new ones of my own. I used a royal icing transfer for the camera lens so that it would be more 3D.  I didn't have a camera cookie cutter (is there one out there?), so I just used a rectangle and rounded the corners with my fingers.  Then I added a tiny rectangle for the flash and rounded it out as well. 

It was raining the morning I had to take pictures, so as hard as it usually is to get proper lighting in our home, it was impossible that morning.  But you get the idea.  For the filmstrip, I used a flag cookie cutter and cut off the pole (an idea given to me by a fellow cookier).  The wedding's colors are browns, so I filled the frames boxes with alternating chocolate brown and ivory.  They looked a little too much like a flag though, so I added some hearts, which seemed to help.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Basketball Cookies

I just delivered an order for a co-ed bridal shower.  The groom is into basketball, so I made basketball cookies for the first time.  I think they turned out really well.  I'm always really paranoid when it comes to geometric designs because I'm such a perfectionist that it drives me nuts if the lines aren't perfect.  But these were much easier than I thought they'd be.  I bought the cookie decorating card from Karen's Cookies that shows you how to do sports balls.  I also found a different design on flickr for basketballs, so I did half each way.

This was my first order from someone I didn't know, which made it a little more high pressure than making cookies for friends, but she really seemed to like them, so phew!  Over the next few days I'll post the rest of the cookies I made for this wedding shower.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day at last!

Valentine's Day is here at last and I'm done with all my orders!  After making about 120 cupcake bites yesterday (and another 60 or so earlier in the week), I'm ok with not seeing another cupcake bite for awhile!  

I also had a special order of rice krispies treats for Valentine's Day.  I had never made them before, but luckily they were as easy as I thought they would be.  Here's a picture of the final result:

No more orders coming up, so hopefully I'll have some time to try out some new recipes and ideas soon. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Cupcake Bites

For Valentine's Day, I decided to offer cupcake bites by the dozen, sprinkled with Valentine's sprinkles, of course.  I tried to take some better pictures of them this time around.

My husband was kind enough to help out so you could see the inside.

 And I found the perfect boxes at a local cake decorating shop, and the cupcake bites fit perfectly in the candy insert.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Roses - Sanity Sundays

I'd like to introduce you to Sanity Sundays.  To make a long story short, I used to have plenty of time to bake.  Back in August, we got my toddler into an early intervention program (long story) that was four days a week, 15 miles away, so not only was I exhausted from the program itself and the drive, but it left me with only one nap (his, not mine, just to clarify), at which I had to make dinner.  Conclusion:  no time for baking.  After about a month of this, I broke down to my husband that I was worn out, and I had no "me" time to do the things I love.  Enter "Sanity Sunday", or so I've decided to name it.  A few hours on Sunday afternoons that I get "me" time.  I often use that time to try a random dessert I've been wanting to make, but lately I've been using it to sharpen my cookie decorating skills and experiment with new techniques and recipes.

This past Sunday, I decided to practice my flower-piping skills.  It's been awhile, and I'm afraid if I don't do it often enough, I'll lose that skill.  Also, I saw the cutest rose bouquet cookies on Loren's blog that I want to try, so maybe next Sunday I'll make the cookies and decorate them with some of my roses.  Also, I ordered some 101s tips from Wilton and I wanted to try out some roses with it.  Here's the full roses I made.  My icing wasn't stiff enough, so I only made a few before moving on.  The big ones are with tip 101, and the babies are with tip 101s.

I'm having the hardest time finding the proper lighting in my apartment to get the colors to look right.  My beautiful maroon-ish red looks almost brownish and the violet looks bluish.  Oh well.  Someday I'll figure out how to get the colors to come out right.

So then I tried Loren's ribbon rose technique.  I need to practice a lot more if I'm going to get mine as nice as hers.  You wouldn't think they'd be harder than the full roses (above), but they were a bit trickier to me.  I guess I've got a lot more practice with the other rose technique.
Then I practiced my favorite, the rosebud.  I made a ton.  They last forever, so I can use them for the rose bouquet cookies and save them for cookies in the spring or for Easter.  The red came out truer in this picture.
Happy Valentine's Day!