Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cupcake Sugar Cookies

These gigantic decorated sugar cookies are gifts to my students tonight.  They completed all four Wilton classes, and I'm so proud of them!!

The cookie recipe is called "No Fail Sugar Cookies" and can be found here.  It's my go-to cut out sugar cookie recipe----the cookies are delicious, the dough is easy to work with, and the cookies don't spread in the oven!!

I make a few changes to my recipe though.  I add half vanilla and half almond extract typically, and I don't refrigerate the dough.   I roll it between two sheets of wax paper, using 1/4 inch dowel rods as guides on either side to ensure even thickness.   I cut the cookies with my cookie cutters dipped in flour, and place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, about 1 inch apart.  When a cookie sheet is full, I place it in the fridge to chill, then continue with the remaining dough.  The dough scraps are easy to pull back together to continue rolling and cutting.  No extra flour needed!   By the time I've cut all the cookies, the first cookie sheet is chilled and ready to be baked.   Easy peasy!

Here are the cookies, all packaged up and ready to be given as gifts!   The icing is royal icing, and the recipe can be found here.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fondant Bow Birthday Cake

Girl Scout Bridging Cake

What a fun cake celebrating the accomplishments of this Girl Scout troop!   Congratulations on bridging, girls!

Firetruck Birthday Cake

The cake's on fire!!   This is an all-buttercream cake, and gluten and dairy free to boot!   Happy Birthday Devin!

First Holy Communion Cake

This sweet communion cake resembles an opened Bible!   The letters, cross, and bookmark are all fondant, as well as the ruffed covering of the cake.

Ballerina Birthday Cake

The sweet ballerina slippers are made with candy melts and a candy mold.  The daisies are fondant and the letters are gumpaste, cut with tappits cutters.

*~*Happy Birthday Kerstyn!  *~*

Snow Tubing Cake

What a fun cake for a snow tubing birthday party!   The child and snow tubes are shaped with fondant.  The trees are sugar cones, piped with buttercream.  I stacked several layers of cake with icing between the layers, then carved the shape of the slope.  :)