Have you ever just did the safe thing? Always wanted to try something new but chickened out in the end? That’s me when it comes to cookies.
Now that, I think, I’ve got royal icing down. I thought I’d try to challenge myself and this week I gave two new to me decorating techniques a try. 3D cookies and stained glass.
First up, 3D cookies. So I’ve got a lot of friends who are having babies and instead of the same old bassinet cookies I thought I’d try to make the bassinet out of cookies. I mean Julia Usher is the queen of these type of cookies and I aspire to be like her. Well you’ve got to start somewhere. Now practice makes perfect but for the first time I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
I looked at pictures of bassinets on the web and then made up a template for the end pieces. Then I cut the rectangular pieces to fit. I iced them, let them dry and then put the pieces together. What I didn’t account for was shrinkage. There were a few gaps that I had to fill in with royal icing. I also made some minis to put inside the bassinet. All in all I think it turned out pretty cute. I gave these to a friend down the street who had a baby girl this week. Congrats Angela and Jeff!
Next up I tried stained glass. Have you seen Maggie Austin Cake??? They are the most beautiful stained glass painting on cakes ever. I wanted to try but on a smaller scale. So I took a small piece of fondant that was the same size as a cookie and gave it a go. I Google’d Stained Glass hearts and found this pattern. My impatience gets the better of me and the black wasn’t completely dry when I added the colour. After the paint dried completely I popped the fondant on the top of a cookie the same size that just came out of the oven. The fondant melted to the top. I then piped a shell border in royal icing and gave it a little sheen. For my next try I’ll have to go bigger, maybe even a cake :)
Ok, so now I need more challenges. Give me some ideas. I’m up for anything. I will attempt the bassinet again, just so I can get it a little more smooth and I’m definitely going to do the painted stained glass on a cake!
Update on my back: Well the last epidural didn’t work at all, in fact it made things worse. Next doctor appointment is Monday and then I believe it’s time to meet a surgeon or two for an opinion(s) (yikes). But don’t worry, since standing is one position that doesn’t hurt much I’ll still be coming up with sweet treats :)
Thanks for looking!