Just kidding, I don't know when Pusheen's birthday is, but I made these wafer print out cookies for a birthday party. They came out great!
The cake and little lamb fondant topper was easy enough to make, I even had an egg shaped cake pan! A spin on the cake stand and a spray of gold completed the cake.
It was the cookies that gave me a headache! I couldn't get the right vodka to gold luster dust ratio, so it was either too liquid-y which started to dissolve the royal icing, or not enough, and it got clumpy. In the end, I had to remember "it's just cookies" and everything turned out alright. :)
oooh! what are these? can you guess? I guess I've pretty much given it away in the title though, huh? More photos below and a bit of how they were made :)
Hope I'll get a couple of videos or photos to post of the cookies in ACTION! :)
I love getting a glimpse of other people's themes for their parties. This time, an UNO first birthday party! The request was for cookies that looked like UNO cards. I used my DIY rectangle cookie cutter - I know, it seems ridiculous, but I think it actually is faster!
The UNO card is simple enough, but it translates differently onto a cookie... I looked online to get some inspiration, and maybe some pointers, but I only found a small photo of one that I kinda liked, but I still had to figure out how the different steps. Remember when I said I have a love/hate relationship with Royal Icing? Well, it was the answer to the equation of how to make the card work as a cookie- different royal icing consistencies.
There were three consistencies and also carefully selected tips for the best results - and by carefully selected, I mean my best guess!
PREP: bake cookies and outline using a template (see picture below)
ICING the cookie---
Step 1: White outline and oval
Step 2: Black outline of the number 1
Step 3: fill with color
Step 4: small white number 1
So all in all, after getting those steps straightened out, it really wasn't that hard after all - it was repetitive... and time consuming... but not hard. And of course I made time-lapse videos - to be posted later, of course. ;) Enjoy the slideshow!
Update April 29, 2015:
Here it is, the timelapse video of the cookies... So in the video it says that 52 cookies took about 4.5 hours to ice. What you didn't see was the time mixing the colors, organizing the piping bags, making sure we have the RIGHT CONSISTENCIES! so it did take a much longer time to complete these cookies than just the time showing the timelapse :)
AND the music on the video is from me and 3 other altos from the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir that i've sung with since 2005! We covered the Jones Sisters' You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else for a Choir Showcase to raise money to go on our European tour this summer. I hope you enjoy!
My friend Henry from Whisk Cake Creations recommended me to his friend for this order. When I become a grown up baker, I want to be like him! He has his own custom cake bakery and has fantastic designs, and so it was definitely a compliment to have been referred by him :)
My friend who ordered the Mummy Boy Cookies, and the Friday the 13th Cake asked for some cookies to take with her to Comic Con in SD this year. She sent me these images, and I thought, how am I going to be able to get these images onto a cookie, especially with all the color and details, given the limited amount of time I have? Then i remembered wafer paper, and had the images printed. They turned out great! I iced the cookies with plain white royal icing, and then used a light spread of piping gel to get the images on to the cookie, then piped a red royal icing border to finish it off. I was wary of using wafer paper because the last time i used it on a cake, it wrinkled due to the moisture. (Now i know there's a difference between wafer paper, and icing sheets!)
It's never a good idea for me to free hand Hello Kitty. I'm sure there are some other people that can do it, but I, for one, cannot do it for the life of me. She always looks warped, or the eyes and nose are in the wrong place and it ends up just looking blah...
So for this order for Hello Kitty Baby Shower Favors, I ended up printing out a template, cutting it out, and airbrushing around it, to get the shape of the head. Then I outlined them with black, and filled them in with white. I made the bows previously, so i can place them on top of the white icing before it had a chance to dry -- once dried, it sticks! After the whole cookie dried for a day, I went in and drew in the eyes, nose and whiskers with black icing. I used the template again to make sure everything was spaced correctly!
Now THAT'S a Chu On Cakes Order! A friend of mine ordered a cake to celebrate a new nursing graduate! She also ordered snickerdoodles and brownies too, which I was happy to do for her. She had helped me grow so much in my professional life, which in turn helped me to be a better communicator in my personal life!
It was really fun seeing the different elements of the cake all come together. the red stripe at the bottom was created using the clay extruder -- 29 inches all the way around. My favorite part of the cake was the Rx bottle and the bandages! you can even see the texture in the gauze part of the bandage. And the pills look so real! Check out the close up pictures below:
Oh my goodness gracious. I got a last minute order this week. HARRY POTTER COOKIES for an 8th birthday party! If you didn't know, I love the Wizarding World. I even made wands, and even one that I could use on my iPad and pretend that it was really magic. I know, NERDTASTIC, right?!? So, needless to say, even though it was très last minute, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. The birthday girl was dressing up as Hermoine for her birthday, and so the cookies are naturally red and gold for Gryffindor. (I'm in Hufflepuff, yellow and black - go Badgers!)
So, enjoy, and check out the cookie set below, and then my assortment of wands, and other Harry Potter nerd stuff (as if you needed more proof). I hope they send some photos of the party I can share with you all!
NERD ALERT! Here are the wands I've made. Let me know if you want your own unique wand! Click on them to see the type of wood and core (disclaimer: the type of wand and cores are entirely made up!)
Now more nerdiness abounds, here is the beginning of my Pottermore.com adventures! Find me, I'm MarauderEye11900.
Isa S. Chu
In 2010, Isa Chu decided to try her hand at decorating cakes - something detailed, something artistic, something fun, something tactile, something sweet, and something challenging - so she did, as Diva's Cakes and Confections.
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