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!
Mel and Dewi's 10th anniversary! The BF offered to do a cake for them, so I made him help. Well, he normally helps anyway, with the clean up and other things, but I actually let him touch the cake this time!
It was a delicious yummy chocolate cake with vanilla cream filling and fresh strawberries... yumm yummmm! It was so moist, that the figures couldn't stay on the cake and was starting to sink in! Luckily for me, and my genius mind, I cut out a heart shape from a paper plate and used it as support, and the figure stayed upright til the cake was cut *whew!*
Considering that I had very little experience making figures out of fondant, I'd say I did a pretty decent job, don't you think? The glasses were made with wafer paper that I recently bought to do some experiments. I drew on it with an edible marker, and used an x-acto knife to cut it out, then used tweezers and a bit of water to stick it to the figures.
Happy 9th Birthday A!
I received this order from my neighbor, Rachel. It was the easiest delivery ever - walked across the street and knocked on the door. The hardest part was the car that drove past as I was trying to cross the street, though I did have visions of somehow tripping on the stairs and falling and the cake splattering to pieces on my driveway.
In her order, Rachel said she wanted an owl cake, but a very specific type of owl for her daughter's 9th birthday cake. In my mind, I said, "uh oh." Not because I thought she was going to be hard to work with, or she was going to give me hard time. I was getting nervous that her "specific type of owl" was a specific species of owl, like a Canadian Tawny, or an Alaskan Brown Snowy Owl (I just made those up, since everything I know about owls come from watching and reading Harry Potter).
I can understand how children at that age can get stuck on a "thing," so truthfully, I was nervous! But then Rachel texted me photos of these awesome cutie pies! I was quite relieved, "I can TOTALLY do that!" The design was originally going to be a buttercream transfer, but then I thought it would be way better suited to a fondant design. So I ended up with a buttercream frosting with fondant design. She is totally cute!
Used my ribbon cutter to make the stripes and placed it on the cake. measured one inch from the circumference, and cut the ribbons, for a nice open surface for our little friend. I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
i went around and around in circles, and i swear i cut like 3 versions of stencils, before i finally figured out that all i had to do was to cut the letters out of fondant.... -_-
my boyfriend DG took the photo of me (with my new kitchen in the back!) starting to cut out the white fondant letters. DG also keeps posting things up before i even get a chance to post up the "official" Chu On Cakes photos! sheesh -_- but I'll take it all as a compliment :) --- Awesome. Thanks hunn
Also was introduced to a new tool - Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife!!! came in very handy, you can see the tip in the second photo above. Thanks to @msbautista for the tip, it was xacto on point! (har har har)
those oreo cookie looking things on the side of the cake are actually fondant molds of a wheel from one of Cody's toys. they mold didn't work as well as the Beyblades, but the wheels ended up ok...
this challenge was really fun!
oooh, one cool thing... after i took a photo of the cake, my phone gave me an alert - google goggles recognized the harley-davidson logo!
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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