Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3-D Spiders

Happy Halloween!

The Bearfoot Baker made 3-D spider cookies a couple weeks ago, and I decided I had to make them for the boy's Harvest Party.  Then someone decided that the kids would decorate their own cookies at the party instead.  I was left with a broken heart and a pile of icing transfer spider legs.  (OK, not really on the broken heart part.)

So I made three spider cookies just to see if I could.  They turned out ok.

My dots were a little runny, so it doesn't look like a bumpy spider, just a blobby one.  But the kids really enjoyed eating them.  And they played rock, paper, scissors for the spider half of the third one.  (I know, what was I thinking...three cookies...two kids...)  The girl won.  She was quite excited.

Anyhoo, I may make them again another time.  The boy really, really thought they were cool. 

I will post one last batch of Halloween cookies later.  I was slow in uploading pictures.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Boss' Day Halloween Cookies

Last November I found the Wilton monster/alien(?) cookie cutter set on clearance, so I picked it up. But then I had to wait a whole year to use it.  D'oh!

Anyhoo, I made a set for Boss' Day because I just started a new job and I'm not really sure what my new boss likes, other than Fallout 3, and I really didn't feel like making Deathclaw cookies.

I iced these on the very day that I was going to take them to work.  Lucky for me I work second shift.  But they were in my oven drying until the very second before I left for work.  And then they weren't completely dry, but just dry enough to gently put on a plate and cover in plastic wrap.

Except for the plaque, I just did these like they were on the Wilton box.  Super-creative, I know.  (I was in a hurry.)

I bumped, smeared and cracked this cookie about 5 times.  Don't look to closely at the icing under the eyballs.  And the writing icing was a little runny.  So what I'm really trying to say here is: don't rush when you decorate cookies.  It never ends well.  But sometimes you can cover some of it up.

The spider is my favorite.  He turned out prety cute.  On the other hand, the green slime cookie was the easiest cookie EVER.  Okay, okay, I really like the little blue guy, too.

I made googly eyes for these.  They were almost dry by the time I needed them.  But it worked.  I have lots more eyes for later.  I will put them where the kids can't get to them this time.

The boy really liked these cookies, and asked me to make more.  The girl said they were the best (tasting) cookies I've ever made.  (LilaLoa chocolate cookies with coconut icing...see my previous post for a link...because I'm lazy.)

Well, that's it for today.  More Halloween cookies in a week or so.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Paw Print Cookies

Simple paw print cookies for a function at work.

LilaLoa's chocolate cookies with coconut icing.  They were really good. 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fall Wedding Cake

A friend from work asked me to make her wedding cake.  She brought me a picture of a Martha Stewart cake to copy. 

It was a smallish cake: 6-8-10.  The original had crab apples and bay leaf staks.  Guess what?  Crab apples aren't in season until next month.  And the bay leaves I ordered, from the only supplier I could find, never arrived.  So the cake has organic pink apples that I found at the local co-op market.  They were tiny as far as apples go.  And I found some fake tea leaves at Hobby Lobby that looked a little like bay leaves. 

The venue was beautiful.  It was an old winery.  In the cellar.  The walls and ceiling were fabulous old stones, and the ceiling was arched.  Perfect for a small wedding reception.

Did I mention the venue was downtown?  And on a BRICK street?  It was a white-knuckle drive, to be sure.  I told the hubby that if I ever do another wedding cake, it will be pick-up only.

The cake was red velvet.  I don't think I have ever made a three tier cake with only one flavor.  Here's a photo of the cake prior to icing, during settling time:

And prior to decorating:

The fridge makes a pretty good photo box.

And one more from the venue:

Anyway, that's all.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Mini Sugared Lime Cupcake Toppers

I had so much fun making the sugared limes the first time, I decided to try it again!

I made these a bit smaller than the originals.  I also took my own advice and used water to stick the pieces together upon reassembly.  It worked very well.  There wasn't any of the wonkiness in the middle that the first set had.  (Tutorial here)  Also, because I planned to make them smaller, I only used six segments, instead of eight.

And I used a razor blade (very clean) to slice them.  The first ones were too big for a razor blade.  However, I recently remembered that I used to have a very long slicing/razor blade for polymer clay use.  I imagine that would work well for larger slices.

Here's a close-up.  It's a little fuzzy.  Forgive me.

Of course, I put them on Coconut Cupcakes with Ginger Lime Curd Filling  Because I love those cupcakes.  And I couldn't think of anything else to put a lime on.

As an aside, if you make these cupcakes, and you space out and add the beaten egg whites to the batter before you add the flour, you can and add the flour afterward with no ill effect.  And, if upon adding the flour, you look over and realize the buttermilk is still sitting there in the measuring cup, you can go ahead and add that last, and everything will be ok.  Not that I would do something like that.

Anyhoo, all ended well, and I took them to work and they were all gone by the end of the night.  Several people asked me where I bought the limes.  Folks were quite impressed to learn that they were homemade.  :-)

When it was too late, I realized that I could have made lemon toppers for the Pink Lemonade Cupcakes from last month.  And they would have been adorable with pink-sugared edges.  Maybe next time.  Or maybe orange slices for vanilla cupcakes with orange creamsicle icing.  They would also be cute around the edges of a cake.  The possiblities are almost endless!

That's all for today.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Cookie Pops

Welcome to another post about last year's cookies!

I made these for the boy's harvest party at school last year.  Do you like how I messed up the candy corn?  Its white, orange, yellow, not white, yellow, orange.  Just so you know.

They were fun.  I played around with the mouths and the faces.  I did some upside down.  And when they were dry I put them in baggies and tied them with ribbon, just to be that way. 

But best of all, I got to do this...

I pre-made royal icing eyeballs for the very first time.  It was fun and easy.  And when they were dry, I put them in a container, put them on top of my microwave and my children somehow knocked them down and got eyeballs all over my kitchen.  For weeks I couldn't walk through the kitchen without looking down and seeing a lone eyeball staring up at me from some far-flung corner.  No matter how much I swept, they kept turning up.  In fact, I found one last week.  Did I mention these were from LAST YEAR?!?!?!?!?  I don't get it.

Anyhoo, the cookies were done with glaze.  It was just after this that I started having glaze issues.  *sigh*  I miss glaze.

Oh well.