Friday, May 15, 2015

"One Smart Cookie" CAKE!

Last year I made some "One Smart Cookie" sugar cookies to celebrate my son officially becoming a CPA. :) There are many versions of this cookie theme (all are cute!), but I have not seen a One Smart Cookie cake, and thought it would make a fun treat for the end of the school year, or even boxed up for a teacher gift.!  
I almost made a pizza-size cookie, but I will save that for next time.
This 9-inch, single-layer cake came together so easily because it started with a Pillsbury chocolate cake mix and store-bought frosting (vanilla).  I also used black candy melts (Wilton) for the glasses and eyes (along with white chocolate chips), and pink candy melts for the cheeks, bottom side, up. The "chocolate chips" are Hershey's kisses. :)
 I ended up using four different food gel colors (a drop at a time: Americolor warm brown, chocolate brown and Wilton ivory, and brown) until I achieved the color I wanted. After I frosted the cake and added the Hershey's kisses, I used a small, offset spatula to imprint the general placement for the eyeglasses (above). 
I added the glasses by putting the melted, black candy melts in a decorating bag, fitted with a #10 tip and applied it directly on the cake. I also used the same tip for the mouth. 
I am sure black (non-melted) candy melts would also work for the eyes, or Junior mints.
Of course, royal icing could provide all the facial details, if you prefer.
 This cake was easy-peasy to make and turned out pretty darn cute! It would definitely be a fun cake to make with your own munchkins and little scholars!

ENJOY!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Mommy and Me Heart Cookies {For Mother's Day}

For Valentine's Day, I used a double heart cutter to make some cute strawberry sweetheart cookies.
I knew it would make a cute Mother's Day cookie, but wanted the "child" heart to be smaller.
So...I found two sizes of heart cutters in my cutter collection and with a little modification (before baking), I had a "mommy and me" sugar cookie. 
I decided to dress up mommy with a sugar pearl necklace and earrings, but probably just earrings would have been fine, or no pearls at all.  I think it would still look like the mommy cookie. :)

(I added the pearls after the royal icing was dry. I made a thin line of royal icing for the necklace and then used a tweezer (for cookies only) to adhere the candy pearls.)
They were very simple to make, especially with the sprinkles (red hearts, and small, red confetti sprinkles to connect them, for the bow ties and hair bows)). This time I made the eyes with royal icing instead of store-bought candy eyes. I really wanted to make the two cookies look at each other. It was easier for me to make the small one look up, but for some reason I had a harder time making the other eyes look down.
The other facial details were made using a black FooDoodler marker.
Hopefully, you get the idea that mommy and child are looking at each other with adoring eyes. :)

Happy Mother's Day! XOXO


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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crazy Cactus for Cinco de Mayo

I have been wanting to make cactus cookies for quite awhile.  There is just something about them that's just plain whimsical, and Seuss-ish. :)

Originally I was going to make these cookies with just the eyes and a smile, but then realized that I had some mustache sugar decorations stashed away, no pun intended, and the little flower sprinkles for the cactus blossoms.  Much better!

These guys make me chuckle!

Cactus Cookies
Ingredients/Supplies:
Sugar cookie dough
Royal icing
#3 decorating tip
#1 decorating tip
Cactus cutter
Leaf green AmeriColor gel food coloring
Green FooDoodler food marker
Black FooDoodler marker
Wilton candy eyes
Wilton sugar mustaches
Wilton flower sprinkles
(The bigger royal icing flowers are from Layer Cake Shop)
Directions:
1. Make sugar cookie dough
2. Roll out dough about 3/8-inch thick
3. Cut out cookies with cactus cutter and place on baking sheet.
4. Bake cookies according to recipe and then let them cool.
5. Tint the royal icing green.
6. Using a #3 tip, outline the cookies and fill with the royal icing.
7. Let cookies dry completely.
8. Using the green food marker, detail green lines down the cactus.
9. Put a dab of royal icing on the backs of the sugar decorations/sprinkles and place on the cactus.
10. Using the black food marker draw on eyebrows and smiles
11. With the royal icing and a #1 tip, add the spines (needles).
12. Let cookies dry.

Have a Happy Cinco de Mayo!





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