October 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Kim

Last year I made my friend Kim a basket cake with yarn skanes.    When I gave her last years cake her husband said "Where is Henry's foot print?" (Henry is their cat) so I added his paw print to the top of the cake.

The cake was pumpkin spice covered with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Buttercream.

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp salt
2 lbs confetioners sugar
4 tbsp water, milk or cream
2 tbsp cinnamon

1. In stand mixer, cream the softened butter, cinnamon & salt
2. Add the cream cheese
3. Add water, milk or cream
4. Slowly add the confectioners sugar until well blended, about 3 minutes

Henry's print

Happy Birthday Kim!!
(sorry we will have to walk an extra mile or two after eating this rich cake)

October 26, 2011

Mummy Cookies

Happy Halloween!!   Sugarbelle posted a picture of Mummy cookies on her Facebook page and I couldn't wait to make some up.   My co-worker, Debbie, asked me if I'd make her some cookies so she could give them to friends for Halloween.  I told her I had the perfect thing in mind and it was on my evergrowing "to do" list too.   She is always giving me chocolate and treats so this seemed like the perfect reimbursement for all the times she takes care of me with goodies.

Gingerbread cookie cutters make great Mummy's!!

I used my favorite "no chill" recipe after a new sugar cookie recipe flopped.  I would love to find a soft sugar cookie recipe that keeps it's shape in the oven. If anyone has one that they would like to share, please email me at sweetcreationsbystephanie@gmail.com.

Using 20 second royal icing, I outlined each cookie.  If you don't know what 20 second royal icing is please visit the link. Sugarbelle does a fabulous job explaining it to you in a how-to video.  Before seeing her video I had failed miserably with royal icing. I made it my challenge this year to learn it and use it a lot.  I can now pretty much eyeball it and know it's the right consistancy each time.

20 second royal icing is stable enough for outlining but thin enough to flood and is so much easier to use this method so you don't need 2 bottles of each color in different consistancies.  This saves a lot of time with clean up.


After the flooding was done, I used 10 second icing for the eyes.  10 second icing is the same theory of 20 second icing, only it takes 10 seconds for a blob to blend into the bowl of icing.

Black pearls I bought a few weeks ago in New York
Drop the pearl gently on the wet icing

(please excuse my dark pic, I was trying to take pics with my left hand & decorate with my right)
Make the Mummy wrap using Wilton tip 104.  I tried using Wilton tip 44, but it wasn't wide enough to cover my Mummy.  

Happy Halloween!!! Hope you all have a safe one!!

October 17, 2011

Rose Petal Flowers

I use this cutter more than any other cutter in my collection.
It is really a rose petal cutter but I like to use it as a 5 petal cutter
The centers are made by JEM and are actually a daisy center.
With the JEM stamps & the FMM cutters I make my
favorite flower which I often refer to as my 5 PETAL FLOWER

I use the 50mm & 35mm for my 5 petal flowers

Pearl tutorial here
Two 35mm FMM Flowers
with JEM centers

October 14, 2011

Turtle Cookies

Cute, right?  I was given a baby shower invitation with this little turtle on the invite.  The shower was shortly after we got back from NY so I didn't have a whole lot of time so I cheated & made the turtles before we left for NY.   I drew him on paper & put it under wax paper then piped this little guy.  This was such a time saver!  I saw SugarBelle do something similar with royal icing for future use with left over royal so I figured this would work for the turtle cookies.

Here's what he looks like underneath when you pull him off wax paper

Turtles ready to go on cookies

Fresh baked Lemon cut out cookies (no chill recipe here)

boo boo stick & royal icing bottles ready to pipe

Have you seen a Cookie Scraper/ Boo Boo stick before? They are great to have!
I bought mine at Karen's Cookies for .69cents!!

see how I piped too much on my cookie?  Easy fix..see below

Scrape it off

gone gone gone!

Repipe and you are ready to go

Outlined cookies

Flooded cookies with Sweet SugarBelle's 20 second royal icing method

Place a turtle on the wet icing

I also made a few plain onesies

Piping the outline

October 6, 2011

Greetings from NY

We have been on vacation in New York since the 29th of September visiting my husband's family.  Daisy, my sister in law, and I would be so dangerous if we lived near each other.  She makes cakes, cupcakes, sews, makes cards.. and does all the things I love to do.   We went to all the craft stores near here and went up and down almost every isle especially in AC Moore.   On Monday, I went to  Chocolate by Design in Ronkonkoma, NY great little store.  They sell dragees, jimmies, royal icing decorations, candy molds, chocolate, cupcake liners, food dye, boxes, ribbon...lots of fun things.   I bought so many cookie cutters, jimmies & dragees that I shipped a box home today because my purchases would not fit in my suitcase (oops!).

I eyed Daisy's Pandora charm bracelet...today she surprised me with one of my own!  I love it.  Look at the cute little cupcake charm!!  How perfect!

I'll be back to regular blogging next week!   Hope everyone is having a great autumn so far.. I've been collecting a few new recipes to try once we are back home.

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