Rubber Ducky Cookies

Rubber Ducky Cookies {1st Birthday Party}

Rubber Ducky, you’re the one, you make bathtime lots of fun, Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you; Woo woo be doo. Yup, I have been singing that tune for days while preparing custom cookies for a rubber ducky party. Don’t you love those phone calls? The phone call you get with a great party idea. Your mind starts swirling about what to make and how to decorate these cookies. That is exactly what happened when I received the request for rubber ducky cookies from Julie Read, she is the owner of Juju’s Tutus.  Julie’s beautiful Etsy store features some of the cutest tutus around. Her tutu’s have been featured on TLC’s 4 Weddings & Wedding Chicks. I was so thankful that Kimmie, from Sincerely Style, referred her to me. I will be back with more about these in just a few!

Rubber Ducky Cookies, Anyone?

Rubber Ducky Cookies

I wish I could take credit for the plaque cookie, but it was designed based on the fun invitations for the rubber duck party. The printable design came from Print Chicks on Etsy.  The plaque cookie is one of my favorite design. Whether the plaque is for a birthday or for a holiday place card; I think it makes the perfect centerpiece for a cookie set.

Rubber Ducky Cookies

How cute is this Hucky Ducky Printable. Print Chicks made invitatations and posters for the party.

Rubber Ducky Cookies

One of the best things to keep in my mind when throwing a themed party is a little variety. You can make simple decisions that will help your dessert table “pop”.  Everyone has a budget when they are planning a party. The great thing is designed cookie sets can range from complex to more simple designs. For example, in this set the plaque cookie is a little more complex so it compliments the bubbles and rubber duckie cookies. When I give a quote, I like to offer variety so that you are able to mix and match. I recommend choosing a couple of complex cookies that will stand out like a centerpiece and then doing smaller simpler cookies in the larger amount to feed the guests.

Rubber Ducky Cookies

The rubber ducky cookies I chose to use for this set were 2 different size ducks; a 2 inch size duck and a 5″ size duck. The bubbles were made from 2″ rounds.

 Rubber Ducky Cookies

Last but not least, my favorite. When I think of ducky’s I think of the tub. I couldn’t resist doing a rubber ducky cookies in the tub with lots of bubbles. Now let’s get back to the conversation of tutu’s. Anyone who follows my blog knows that my house is boy dominated. There are no little girls running around.  There is nothing frilly to be found here. When I saw Juju’s Tutus it was sooooo fun to look at and I fell in love with Julie’s shop. Here are just a few of her amazing creations.

Jujus Tutus

Could this not be more ADORABLE? Here is the link for the clown tutu.

Jujus tutus

The Rose Tutu 

Jujus tutus

This ONE is my favorite. Could this be any cuter? Here is the link for the peach tutu.

As always, thank you so much for coming by the blog and reading about our latest adventures in baking.

Football Cookies and More

Football Cookies and More

Yes, it’s that time of year where the requests start rolling in for custom football cookies and desserts with your favorite teams. Is it just me or is there a song that becomes so familiar around this time of year?  You know the music I am talking about. Whether it is the College Game Day intro or the NFL theme song you can hear it playing in your head.  It’s that song you will hear over and over till January. Or do you have an obnoxious co-worker that likes to call you in the morning playing their team’s fight song or am I the only this happens too? Not only that but the trash talking begins.  Even if you have no interest in sports, I guarantee you someone in your home, office, or your next neighbors are passionate about football. I mean, even my roommate, The Shaky Baker, for CookieCon, is not so sure she can room with a USC Football fan.

Football Cookies

Football Cookies

 Who is your favorite team? If you could have football cookies made for you, who would you choose? College or Professional? We are quite the divided household. Jude and I love USC; the husband loves Georgia when it comes to college teams.  My grandfather graduated from USC and I grew up going to the games. Now I continue on that heritage with my son which has been so much fun.

Football Cookies

Professional football on the other hand is different. My son is a die hard Seahawks fan, and my husband and I are Cardinals fans. It’s going to be a sad year for us but sometimes rebuilding has to happen. While my team is rebuilding I can keep myself busy by creating football cookies, cakes, mini cakes and cupcakes.

Custom Cakes

I thought I would share with you some of our cakes and cupcakes we created last season.

Custom Cakes

Cupcakes

The cake below was a ton of fun because the mom wanted to be a part of creating the cake for her son’s birthday. I began by putting her to work on the basics:  star pipping. It’s a great idea. Not only can you learn cake decorating basics but you get to be apart of creating your child’s cake. I think she did a great job!

Custom Cakes

I figured I would end my blog post with the football cookies that we ended the season with last year. A game quite painful to my blogging friend Lynne, over at 365 Days of Baking. But here is to a new year. We hope you have a fun season cheering your team on.

Football Cookies

Planning a party? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We create everything from custom football cookies which we ship all over the United States to custom cakes, mini cakes, and cupcakes delivered locally. Let us know if we can created anything this season for you.

Tips for Rolling Cookie Dough

Tips for Rolling Cookie Dough

This morning I thought I would share some helpful hints when rolling cookie dough that I stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago. It’s 1 AM and there is a freaky storm outside and I can’t sleep. I can’t rev up the mixer and wake everyone else up in the house,  so I chose to finish my blog post that I set out to write this week!  It’s a win/win. I can be productive and quiet!

Normally, when I make cookie dough, I divide the batch into two round discs and cover in plastic wrap to chill in the refrigerator. I like to chill my dough for at least twenty-four hours. I like the way the flavors develop when they are allowed to rest.  The hard part is when I pull a disc out of the fridge to use, the outside of the dough would soften before the inside. If you are going to be rolling cookie dough, you know this can be problematic.  If the dough is too soft your edges will spread. I had the tendency of trying to roll the dough out while it was too cold and I would run into cracking problems. I began to think about some ways to solve this conundrum.

STEP 1: 

Grab a rectangle shaped cake board. I use the quarter sheet size for rolling out cookie dough that way it will easily fit in the refrigerator or freezer.  Cover the cake board evenly with plastic wrap. I use stretch-tite, it is the only plastic wrap I am able to use without going insane. It doesn’t get sticky and unmanageable.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 2:

Place your dowels on either side of the cake board. You can find dowels at any craft store. When I started I used dowels but then I decided to give these perfection strips a try because they are long and flat. They come in three different sizes. Next, take a large ball of dough and flatten with the palm of your hand.  Because the dough has not been chilled it will have a tendency to be soft and pliable but this can cause the dough to stick to your rolling-pin.  To help alleviate this problem, lightly flour the surface of the dough.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 3:

Take your rolling-pin and begin to roll out your dough gently.  Do not roll the dough further than the cake board surface.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 4:

Once you have your desired thickness, take another sheet of plastic wrap and place over the top of the dough.  Smooth down the plastic wrap to make sure the dough is completely covered and that there aer no air pockets.

Rolling Out Cookie Dough

STEP 5:

Take another cake board that is the same size and place it on top of the cookie dough and flip over. Then take another round of dough and repeat the process of rolling cookie dough.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 6:

Flip onto opposite cake board and you can stack the dough rounds on top of one another. Depending on whether you are making 6 cookies or 36, just pull out the amount of dough that is needed.  I layer different cookie flavors on separate cake boards and label the board for each flavor.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 7:

For dough that you will not use within three days, place in the freezer. When I place my dough in the freezer I add another layer of plastic wrap around them to ensure freshness. You can freeze dough for up to three months.

Rolling Cookie Dough

STEP 8:

Pull your dough round out from the fridge or freezer and unwrap. When the dough is rolled this thin it only takes 5 to 10 minutes for it to evenly come to the right temperature.


How Do You Like Rolling Cookie Dough?

Do you have any tips or tricks that you like to do when you are rolling cookie dough? Would you like to share them? We would love to hear about some things you have discovered while baking cookies!

Hope you enjoy! ~Melissa

Back to School Cookies and a Grateful Heart

Back to School Cookies and a Grateful Heart

It’s that time of year where our kids head back to school. It’s interesting that this venture is not met with more excitement, considering what an amazing privilege we have to be educated. Not only is an education readily available to us, but we have state of the art facilities and materials available to us.  I have heard many kids grumbling this week about going back to school, but I want to encourage you as parents to help cultivate a grateful attitude in your children towards education. There is something I have learned along my journey in life. I may not be able to choose my circumstances but I am able to choose my attitude. Instead of groaning along with your children or even the temptation to feel sorry for them, I would encourage you to help them see the amazing opportunity that they have at school. I firmly believe good attitudes do not come by sheer chance, but by hard-working parents who instill those ethics in their children.

Back to School

This subject has always been dear to my heart but it has become more ingrained as we work with our charity in Southern Sudan; it is called Micah 6:8.  If you would like to read more about our efforts in Sudan you can read at this LINK or on our Facebook Page.  I would like to share a few stories of the amazing people we have met on our mission trips to the Sudan. Permina, our leader on the farm, has a love for his people. He was originally living as a refugee in America but wanted to go back to the Sudan to help his fellow countrymen. If you have ever met Permina he has the epitome of a grateful heart. This gentleman has endured many hardships in life but always will share of all his blessings. One of them being:  an education in America.  In the Sudan an education is very hard to come by. Many have to travel to another country, like Kenya or Uganda. For instance, Samuel, Permina’s brother, sent his wife to Kenya with their son so he could be educated while he works in Sudan. Can you imagine this if you are a wife? To have to move to a different country, away from your husband, so that your children can have an education.

Back to School

In March, my husband was in the Sudan for three weeks meeting with government officials about our farm land. During that time he met a young man named, Alier, he was very talented with electronics. My husband asked if he was going to school. He replied, “I would love to go school, but I can’t afford the tuition fees of a $100 a semester.” Last but not least, if you are a young lady in the Sudan your chance of getting an education is probably less than 10%. Many families will not send their girls to school and if they do only 12% of girls in the country make it past grade 4.

Back to School

You might be thinking, if I tell my children about these stories they won’t care. That might be true. But I still would encourage you to find ways to cultivate a grateful heart in your children. Just remember, when you sow seeds in the ground the harvest does not pop up over night. It takes time. Just like when planting a crop you may not see fruit over night, it may take months or years.

Would you like some ideas of what we do in our house to cultivate a grateful heart? Here are some of the things we have done with our son, Jude. He is 14 and has started back to school this year as a freshman. Wow, does time go by fast.  Jude blessed my socks off this week. The night before school started he was grumpy and pretty short with us. He was not looking forward to school, getting up early, and the heavy homework load. On the way to school on Monday morning, I reminded him again what a great privilege he had going to get an education. I spoke with him about the doors it would open for him later in life, the opportunity to learn and the access to books. Then I let it be.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning, we were praying in the car on the way to school for our friends, for the missionaries we support and Jude prayed for his attitude. It was such a blessing. I didn’t prompt him or tell him he needed to work on his attitude. But to hear my young son pray, and ask the Lord, to help him embrace hard work with a good attitude and to even be grateful for a teacher who is kind of boring this year.  See it’s not even about having a “great” attitude all the time or being “perfect”. It is about recognizing that we all fall down but we must get back up. And when we get back up, will we choose to act differently?

Back to School

A Few More Back to School Ideas

Here are some discussions we have and that you might want to have with your children around the dinner table or driving in the car:

      • What are things that they love? {video games, television, swimming pools, air conditioning, cars, sports, homes, beds, books} Then depending on their age have them research who invented some of these things, what did they have to learn to create them} If your kids need help, they can ask Jude. He has had to do this!
      • Talk about your day. How education has helped you in your job? What are things they want to do when they grow up? I had a young man tell last year he doesn’t need to have an education because he is going into the Army. I looked at him confused. Did he not understand that to be an officer you need to be educated? Or classes help you move up pay grades?  Or you have to take courses and pass tests to be in certain special ops groups?
      • Ask them what their favorite and least favorite subject is? Help show them how those subjects will help them in life. When I was young I swore to my dad that there were jobs out there that DONT REQUIRE MATH. I was never going to need math. Oh how wrong I was! I have even found baking is all about math. If you want to read a funny blog post about me and math, feel free to go to this link.  I swore I would never have to do a word problem, only to find out my life is one big word problem.
      • Talk with your kids why a well-rounded education is good for them. Most of young kids do not see the value in certain courses of study. But in our most recent economy many adults have had to adapt and learn new things because their jobs are now obsolete. Life throws curve balls and school and training at home can help our children learn to over come obstacles now instead of learning the hard way as an adult.
      • Does your child have a difficult teacher? Help them find the positives. Help them see the good. As adults we have all had a difficult boss or co-workers. If you let your children complain about every teacher they will grow into the adult that is never satisfied in their job. Two years ago Jude had a teacher that was very hard on him. Jude swore the teacher did not like him. We worked with Jude on how to try to work with this gentlemen and what were ways he could have a positive attitude through this. Then last year he got the teacher again. He was not jumping for joy when he received his class list.  We worked and worked on the attitude. By the end of last year Jude said this was one of his favorite teachers. Hang in there mom and dad! Don’t be tempted to always rescue your children. Try to see these hurdles as opportunities not irritations to help stretch and mature your children.
      • Discuss with your children how life is an ongoing education. My husband takes yearly law credits to keep his law license, my hairdresser takes classes quarterly to continually improve on her amazing skills, I take classes for bakers and sugar artists to become a better baker. What are you learning? Share it with your kids.

Thank you for letting me share with you. We hope your family has a great school year.

Bridal Shower Cake

Bridal Shower Cake

Welcome to our virtual wedding shower for Samantha, owner of Flour-de-Lis cookies in Washington. I have been charged with making the bridal shower cake and I can not wait to see what my talented friends will be bringing to the party. There is an upside and a downside to a virtual party. Upside: it’s 100% low-calorie. {Have you seen the amazing desserts my friends make?} For a girl with about 3.5% will power this virtual thing is fantastic.  Downside: missing out on playing silly bridal games, laughing with my friends and most of all getting to hang out with some of my favorite people IN PERSON.

Custom Cakes

Alright, time to get down to business. The bridal shower cake. Those who know me well, know I over think EVERYTHING. I spent a good couple of weeks wracking my brain on what to make. How do you make a cake for a bride without knowing exactly what she wants? You stalk her Pinterest page.  I spent lots of time stalking , I mean perusing, Samantha’s page.  My inspiration for the bridal shower cake actually came down to what I know about Samantha.

Simple:  This cake is not flashy and either is Samantha. She is down to earth and easy-going.

Color of the Cake: Yellow, to match Samantha’s fun and bright personality.

Sugar Flowers:  Ruffled roses, because she loves all things ruffled. {I promise a tutorial is coming}

Styling: I thought rustic would be the perfect setting. I used my rustic old barn sign made by Little Yellow Barn

 Custom Cakes

One of the coolest things at my bridal shower was the journal my Mother-in-Law and her close friend made for me. It started with my shower invitation and then I was to bring it to the different events during the weekend. My friends and family would write their well wishes and their advice for marriage. Every so often I love to pull it off the shelf and read the wise advice from the young and the old. From the single, the married, and from some who had been married sixty plus years. I thought I would share a few with you.

Custom Cakes

Rules for a Happy Marriage

1. Never both be angry at the same time.

2.  Never yell at each other unless the house is one fire.

3.  If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.

4.  If you have to criticize do it lovingly and not in front of others.

5.  Never bring up mistakes of the past.

6.  Neglect the whole world rather than each other.

7.  Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled. {Not worth it and you won’t sleep anyways}

8.  At least once every day try to say one kind or complimentary thing to your husband.

9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.

10. It takes two to make a quarrel, and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most of the talking.

CONGRATULATIONS SAMANTHA

…wishing you and Sitha every happiness..

 Here are what some of the other ladies created for the shower:

Karen at Trilogy Edibles

Christina at Sweet C’s Bake Shop

Brandy at Sparkling Sugar Sweets

Susan from Sweet Williams Cookies

 Diane from Created by Diane

Natasha from Nat Sweets

Desserts for the Deserving: Operation Cookie

Desserts for the Deserving

Amanda, from I Am Baker, blogged awhile back about delivering a little sunshine to those going through difficult times called Desserts for the Deserving. I am very thankful that I get to be involved with Desserts for the Deserving; to be able to deliver just a little bit of sunshine. There is nothing like an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.  People from all over went on Amanda’s website and nominated friends and family and why they were deserving of a little pick me up.
Desserts for the Deserving was established in 2011 with the sole purpose of bringing people joy.  It is a non profit movement where bloggers, bakers, crafters, and all forms of creative people offer up time and resources to bring strangers joy.
One morning I received an email with my nominee’s information. Her story is not all that different from my sister-in-law’s. She suffers from Fibromyaligia. If you don’t know anything about this condition, it is quite deblitating. Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Imagine going through the day with chronic pain.
Custom Cookies
As I thought about this dear lady, I didn’t know quite what to make.
You want it to be special. You want so desperately to brighten her day.
Even if just a little.
It was nearing the 4th of July, so I decided to do patriotic colored hot air balloons.
Hot air balloons launch near our home almost weekly.
There is something hopeful about balloons.
I so desperately want her not to lose hope in the midst of the pain.
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Bunting and Chevron patterns always bring a smile.
There is something cheerful about bunting.
As I packed up the boxes with some 4th of July goodies, my prayer was that
this precious woman’s day would be brightened by this package on her
doorstep.
Custom Cookies
The boxes are packed. I am thankful that I was chosen to be able to send cookies.
My prayer is that doctor’s would have wisdom and be able to help these
individuals who are struggling with pain day in and day out as they
learn to live with Fibromyaligia.
My prayer’s are with this precious woman and her daughter
who cares for her.
Custom Cookies
Would you like to read more about Desserts for the Deserving? Amanda, set up a Pinterest board with many of the different creations and stories that have been sent out around the country. Pop over to these blogs and pages and read about some of the other families and their stories.
Here are the links to a few:

Dessert Delivery {July Tutorial Series}

 Dessert Delivery

I must admit dessert delivery is one of the most stressful parts of the baking process. If you have ever had to deliver desserts to a party, you know it can be stressful. Whether you are a baker or you are on dessert delivery detail for a party you might find this technique helpful. My husband finds it hilarious to be with me when I am delivering a cake. All of a sudden my hands are at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel and I take my turns with such care. I turn into the classic defensive driver. It’s amazing how spending 16 hours decorating a cake can make you an insanely careful driver.  Careful driving is always a plus, but this method I use has taken a lot of stress out of the delivery.

Dessert Delivery Boxes

These boxes are not fancy but it works; they are like seatbelts for desserts on the go. The best part-THEY ARE FREE! There are no free tools in baking, that is for sure.  I get these boxes at Costco, but any grocery store would have them.  These are the boxes that fruit and vegetables are delivered in to the store. These boxes are interlocking so that you can stack them one on top of the other.

Dessert Delivery

It does not matter if they are different brands. As you can see, one is a blueberry box and one is a tomato box and they stack on top of one another perfectly. Please excuse my poor “illustration” skills below. The bottom box has a “tooth” that sticks up. The box on top has an opening. This secures the box for stacking.

Dessert Delivery

Sometimes I have large deliveries and instead of worrying about bakery boxes sliding around in the back of my car this allows me to fill each box with almost four bakery boxes.

Dessert Delivery

This box above allowed me to bundle almost 150 cupcakes in just two boxes.  The bakery boxes fit nice and snug in the larger boxes so that they do not shift around while driving.

Dessert Delivery

On this delivery I was able to put my marketing materials in the box below and the all the cookies, cupcakes, and brownies in the box above.

Dessert Delivery

The next time you are on dessert delivery detail, give this a shot. It might just help you save space and time figuring out how you are going to get your creations from Point A  to Point B. Happy Baking!

Vintage Ruffle Flowers {July Tutorial Series}

Vintage Ruffle Flowers

During the month of July I have decided to feature different tutorials on techniques that have been requested on Facebook.  First up: vintage ruffle flowers. The month of July is deathly hot in Arizona.  We reverse hibernate around here. The streets are bare, parking lots half full and you really do not see any kids playing outside. Coming up with indoor activities is becoming a little nutty. If you have any good suggestions, I am all ears.  I decided now is a good time to tackle some tutorials while being stuck inside. Well then, I will stop babbling and get to teaching.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Tools Needed To Make Vintage Ruffle Flowers:

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 1:

Now that you have all your tools and supplies it’s time to get down to business and make these ruffle flowers.  We are going to make our molds first, that way, while the molds are drying you can make the other part of your flowers. Fill a pastry bag with a handful of candy melts. You can use any color you like. I always have white chocolate candy melts on hand and then use luster dust to tint them different colors.  Put the pastry bag in the microwave on 50% power for two minutes. At the half way mark open the microwave and check the chocolate. If it needs to melt further do it in 10 second blasts.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once your chocolate is melted, cut off the tip of your pastry bag and fill the mold. Make sure you get in the grooves and that there are no air bubbles.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once the molds are full place them in the freezer to set.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Side Note: You do not have to use candy melts to make molds. However, I have much greater success getting detail out of the molds using candy melts. You can use fondant or gumpaste in molds as well. Feel free to read this prior blog post showing you some of the differences between what a fondant molded center looks like versus a candy melt.

STEP 2:

Knead your fondant or gumpaste to make it pliable. You may have to rub a little shortening on your hands as you knead the fondant.  Once your fondant has been kneaded properly, sprinkle a little bit of cornstarch on your work surface. This helps keep the fondant/gumpaste from sticking to your surface.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

The above fondant rolling pin is made by Wilton and it comes with two measuring bands. The light pink measuring bands are 1/16th. I roll out the fondant to this width and then run it through my pasta roller on setting number four. {Note: not all pasta rollers are the same} Before running it through the pasta roller make sure the fondant/gumpaste has a nice light coating of cornstarch. Otherwise it can get stuck!

Vintage Flower Tutorial

If you do not have a pasta roller have no fear!! Take off the bands and roll the fondant/gumpaste until you can see through it. It should be paper thin.   See picture below. You can see through the fondant/gumpaste to the lines on my work mat.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 3:

The fondant is rolled and ready to be cut. The nice part about Ateco’s fluted cutter sets is that you can make flowers of all sizes. Large, medium and small. For this tutorial I chose to do a medium sized flower. If you want to see an example of a large, medium and small flower, click on the following LINK. Pick 4 cutters in the set that you like. The size you pick will determine the size of the flower.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Once you cut out the circles that you need, roll excess fondant into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Once wrapped with plastic wrap, I place in a baggie back in the air tight container.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Place fondant circles under a square of plastic wrap, so that the individual circles do not dry out while you are “ruffling”.

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Place largest fondant circle and place on the Ateco molding mat. You can use any foam mat that you like. I prefer the Ateco mat because it is not as “cushy”. <—you like those technical terms! Take the “ball” tool and place it half on the edge of the fondant/gumpaste and half on the mat. Use a back and forth motion going around in a circular motion. Make sure the edges of the fondant/gumpaste have a little cornstarch on it, otherwise your tool can tear the edges as you go around.

STEP 4:

Next, take the stick tool with the pointy end and place it at the center of the circle. You can sub a skewer or tooth pick for the stick tool and get the same effect. Lightly impress and run the tool from the center to the edge of the circle. This gives the flower it’s textured look. Do this technique all the way around the whole circle.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

 Can you see the texture on the circle?

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Place the largest round in a flower former and repeat this step on each of the sizes. Let the rounds sit in the flower formers for about an hour to let them harden a little. You still want the fondant rounds to be a little pliable.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 5:

Now it’s time to put it all together and layer the rounds on top of one another with sugar glue. You can make sugar glue all sorts of ways. I simply took a little bit of clear vanilla and mixed it with powdered sugar to form a sticky substance.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Leave the largest circle in the flower former.  Take a brush and dip it into the sugar glue. Place a SMALL amount of the sugar glue in the middle of the fondant circle. Too much sugar glue will break apart the fondant and make it a sticky mess. Place the next sized circle on top of the large circle. Repeat. Make sure to center it the best that you can.

Vintage Flower TutorialGrab your stick tool again and poke it under some of the seams and pinch together. This helps give it that added ruffle, flower look. Does that make sense? See picture below as well. This will give you an idea of how to use the stick tool to lift certain areas, so the flower does not look flat.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

This is what it looks like with the all the layers added, now it’s time to add the chocolate molded center.

STEP 6:

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Which mold to use? I love Way Beyond Cakes by Mayen’s Etsy site. She has a wonderful array of molds. 

Vintage Flower Tutorial

The cool part about making a bunch of white molds is that you can make them ahead of time and keep them in the freezer. Then pop them out and color them what ever your theme is that you are currently doing.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

Which one is your favorite? You can airbrush molds, paint them with petal/luster dust or just leave them alone. Take another dab of sugar glue, place it in the center of the flower and press the mold in the center. Let it dry.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 7:

This step is completely optional. To give the flower the vintage look, I like adding a sugar pearl border around the mold. Take your brush and apply a small amount of sugar glue around the outside of the mold. Then take your angled tweezers to pick up the sugar pearls and place around the mold. Slightly push in the pearl into the fondant to secure it.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

STEP 8:

Now it is time to let the flower dry. Let the flower dry for at lease 6 hours in the former. After you have let it dry for a little, take a brush and clean up the flower. Brush off any excess cornstarch hanging around. To finish the flower I airbrush it with pearl sheen. If you do not have an airbrush, simply take a large fluffy brush with pearl dust and brush on the surface. This may seem complicated at first, but once you practice a little you will find these are a beautiful addition to a cake that are not too costly. Did you know some flower arrangements on cakes can run $80 and up?

Vintage Flower Tutorial

This simple vintage ruffle flower can dress up any cake.

Vintage Flower Tutorial

If you make ruffle flowers you will have to share pictures of your cakes with me on facebook. I absolutely love seeing what people create.

Enjoy!

Fabric Inspired Cookies

Fabric Inspired Cookies

Simply Sweets by Honeybee and Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies threw out a challenge for the month of June to create fabric inspired cookies. Today is June 29th and I am making it in by the skin of teeth. Wait, hold on. Can someone explain that to me? Skin of your teeth. My teeth don’t have any skin. Anyways, back to what you are really interested in: cookies! This challenge was so timely for me. Sometimes as a decorator you run out of gas creatively. The month of June was that for me. Maybe it is the dreadful tempertures in Arizona but I hit the wall.  Throughout the month of June, I scouted out different fabrics but it wasn’t until Saturday when I happened upon a sale at Sur La Table, and the CUTEST apron was on sale. I included the link if you want one too. This apron had my mind spinning on how to transform this fabric into a cookie.

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I am sucker for all things vintage. I love the look, the textures, and the layers that come with old looking things.  When I decorate cookies I always like to take my inspirations and make them my own. It reminds me of my favorite movie, Finding Forrester, with Sean Connery. Besides getting to listen to that awesome Scottish accent for 2 hours it is such a rich movie. Sean Connery, plays a famous writer who becomes a mentor to a gifted young man. Sean Connery, helps the young writer find his own voice by starting with a few of his words.

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Sometimes that is just the push you need. That is what so many people have done for me. A little inspiration, inspired by someone else, to help you create something of your own.

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I love damask prints. They have such a rich look to them.

The mustard yellow and grey compliment each other.

The bottom part of the apron with mustard stitching I decided to turn grey.

Wonder what that missing icing look is up in the right hand corner of the picture? Have you ever seen an old building in Europe and the paint is missing? I love doing that when creating damask stencil cookies. I like to give it that rustic, old, look even though I can assure the cookie is 100% fresh.

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Don’t you just love those pockets? I have to tell you it just makes you feel pretty cooking with this apron on!

Custom Cookies

I got to this fabric inspired cookie last night, and paused. The border of the apron seems so random.

Red and grey flowers with green branches? It didn’t seem to go. Sort of out of place.

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Last but not least of my fabric inspired cookies. A damask ruffled cake cookie.

I decided to take the ivory ruffles and switch it around. Ivory for the back drop of the cookie

and mustard yellow for the ruffles.

At first I love it.

Then I hated it.

I thought about tossing it and starting over again.

But then I thought, why?

Thank you to Melissa, Simply Sweets by Honeybee and Stephanie from Ellie’s Bites for the fabric inspired cookie challenge. Last night was the first time I have just sat down and made some cookies for FUN!

Do you have a fabric inspired cookie? Go post it over at the linky party.

 

Summer Vacation Cookies

Who doesn’t love summer vacation? I love summer vacation but there is something a little sweeter about summer vacation cookies. Awhile back, Brandy, from Sparkling Sugar Sweets, asked me to create some cookies based on my favorite summer vacation. Finally, a topic that is a no brainer for me. When I create cookies, I often over think. The amount of time I spend planning cookie sets may be like some wedding planning. Well, maybe not that time consuming.

In the summer for a week or two, my family would escape to Solana Beach, California. Solana Beach is located on the cliffs of San Diego. Our friend’s condo was right on the beach and from the balcony you could sit and watch the waves the roll in and the dolphins out in the distance. Perfect, right? It would be perfect except for that 80’s hair.

The best part about our family vacation’s was the memories we made. From packing the Buick Regal to the gills with all our boogie boards to game nights playing pounce til the wee hours of the morning. Pounce is a fun, fast, furious, and LOUD card game if you are playing with my family. Summer vacation was a time for our family to relax. The school year was always packed for me since I played volleyball year round travelling to tournaments and games.

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There is something about the ocean. I was not one of the girls you would find stuck on her towel for hours flipping at just the right time. I kid you not, there are girls that would set a timer to know the perfect time to flip. Not me. You would either find me in the water or out playing volleyball. I may have not had a perfectly even tan, but I sure did have fun.

Custom Cookies My parents often times would let my brother and I bring a friend with us to the beach. I brought my volleyball buddy with me. We would pepper for hours. Peppering is when two players bump, set and spike with one another. Now, I must admit playing in the ocean and volleyball was not my only delight. At that age, I was a little boy crazy and San Diego beaches are filled with surfers. There is just something about blonde, sandy boys in a wetsuit.

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What is your favorite summer vacation memory? If you were going to make summer vacation cookies, what would you make? Hop over to some of my friend’s sites and see their favorite summer vacation cookies. You will get to travel so many different place. From beaches on opposite coasts, a cottage and of course how could you leave out Mickey Mouse. Enjoy!