May 12, 2013 by Mike
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there!
This post will be a quick one. I just wanted to share with you this batch of cookies I made for Mother’s Day. I decided to go with a mom-and-kids baking theme.
As you might have guessed, I got inspiration while baking a previous batch of cookies. I essentially went around my kitchen looking for items that had large and small versions of itself. After drawing up some designs of what I found, I added some eyes and mouths to resemble adoring kids with their grown up moms.
I know some moms may not be the baker in the family. This set could easily be made for all those dads out there that love to bake, as well. Just remove the eyelashes and swap out the red lips for dad-like mustaches. Maybe change up the color palette, too.
Category: Cookies, Holidays
Tags: blue, gray, green, Mother's Day, pink, vintage
May 4, 2013 by Mike
Star Wars Day has finally arrived. May the 4th be with you! As mentioned in my last post, I have another Star Wars cookie idea to share in honor of this special day. This time around, I decided to do a villain, in particular, Jabba the Hutt. He is one of my top favorite bad guys from the series. He’s not as cute as the Ewoks — actually, on the Star Wars cuteness scale, they are on polar opposite sides of the spectrum — but he’s definitely just as memorable.
Just as I did for my Ewoks post, I am providing a printable template to help guide you in the icing process of this Jabba cookie.
You can download the PDF file for this design HERE.
To make the cookie shape, I used the same Easter egg cutter I used for the Ewok head. I just rotated the cutter clockwise 90 degrees and attached the two dough pieces together. The end result should look like a rounded-off heart shape.
Category: Cookies, Movie Themed
Tags: green, royal icing transfer, sci-fi, template, Tutorial
April 4, 2013 by Mike
It’s Throwback Thursday! I intended to do a throwback post in March, but I missed having it ready and written by the last Thursday of the month. You see, I recently went home to visit family in Florida for a few days. The trip was a nice break from making cookies, but it did throw off my once-a-month-throwback intent. Probably poor planning on my part. Anyways, I made sure to have a post ready this week.
Now that Easter has come and gone, Spring is officially in full swing. I figured a Spring-themed throwback might be in order. Last week, I found this flower pot cupcake kit at Wal-Mart in the seasonal Easter section. The cupcake cups are made of non-stick baking silicone that look just like terracotta clay pots. If you’re interested in this kit but can’t find it at Wal-Mart, here’s a link to a similar product on Amazon.
I really wanted to use these cupcake cups for a cookie idea. When I was brainstorming “throwback” and “plants” ideas, the first thing that came to mind was Cabbage Patch Kids. So, I got to work.
In retrospect, I guess I could have possibly worked with a Strawberry Shortcake idea as well. (Maybe next time, Huckleberry Pie. Maybe next time.)
Category: Cookies, Cupcakes, Throwback Thursday
Tags: 80's, green, plants, toy
March 20, 2013 by Mike
Easter is coming.
Are you a fan of the show, Game of Thrones? If so, you probably are aware the Season 3 premiere airs the night of Easter Sunday. I’m stoked and cannot wait. To commemorate this special event I wanted to combine both occasions by making Game of Thrones dragon egg cookies.
[SPOILER ALERT] If you haven’t see the show or aren’t currently caught up, this post has some mild spoilers. So, if you don’t want any story lines to be given away, read no more and just skip to the pretty pictures at the bottom of the post. [/SPOILER ALERT]
These dragon eggs were a major feature during Season 1. Daenerys Targaryen, a.k.a. the Mother of Dragons, was given these eggs as a wedding gift. Daenerys is probably my favorite character because after she got the title of Khaleesi she also became a badass dragon whisperer. That alone seemed to overshadow all the other characters in the show for me.
To make the eggs, I began with sketching out the design. At first, I thought simple scalloped rows across the egg would do the trick. But it didn’t look right at all. The egg just looked flat and boring. So, then I tried to sketch a grid guide that showed dimension and some sort of rounded perspective. It was harder than I thought, but after a few tries (seven, actually) I had a grid I was happy with.
I love using tracing paper sometimes for sketching because if I want the design to be symmetric, I can just fold the sheet down the middle and trace the pattern on the other side. Also, tracing paper made converting my diamond grid into a scale surface really easy.
Category: Cookies, Holidays, TV Themed
Tags: airbrush, Easter, fantasy, gray, green, red