Friday, March 25, 2011

It's time for Easter cookies!

I've been extra busy this week with my son's birthday, but I just had to get some Easter cookies done!  I loved the cute little chicks and bunnies peeping out of their shells - and I think the crosses are gorgeous.  Check my ETSY shop for details on pricing and shipping - and if you would like to order them I just created a coupon code to be used at checkout for all my blog followers - BLOGGER - it will get you 10% off!  Check them out!  Here are just a few pictures of what I've got so far...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

More Spongebob!

Here is the matching cake for the cookies I shared the other day.  It was chocolate cake with strawberry cream filling, frosted with almond buttercream, and covered with homemade marshmallow fondant.  I used royal icing to add the mouth and eye details.  It was a really great party!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

SpongeBob Squarepants!

These fun, giant cookies are for my son's 6th birthday!  I baked vanilla sugar cookies, and did all the piping work free-hand, so each cookie is unique.  These cute little guys sure taste yummy too!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My first fondant covered wedding cake!

I don't do wedding cakes often, cookies are much less daunting!  But when I do them, I really enjoy it.  I've done a couple dozen wedding cakes over the last 8 years, but this one was a first for me.  I usually use only buttercream, not fondant.   Now that I have a bigger kitchen, it's not so bad baking all of those layers!  My husband brought home a refrigerator case from a grocery store, and that made keeping the assembled layers cold so easy!  I had to make the cake 2 days before the wedding, because we were going to the ceremony a few hours away, and staying overnight in a hotel.  Long story short - it went well!  The open top refrigerator kept the fondant from attracting condensation - which would have run the hand painted details.  The top and bottom layer were dark chocolate with an almond cream filling.  The middle layer was red velvet poundcake with cream cheese filling.  Making all the batter and frosting from scratch and baking and assembling the layers took about 12 hours.


I made the monogram out of royal icing, and hand painted the scroll work with food coloring.  After the groom saw my had painted cookies, he asked if I could paint the cake!   The hand painting took about 8 hours.

 It was a labor of love and so worth it!  I will have to post pictures of the inside of the cake later - my battery died wight when they cut the cake!  I'll get the images from their photographer later.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hand painted bridal shower cookies

A certain someone is getting married this month.  He happens to be my only brother.  My family is throwing a bridal shower for the bride-to-be, and I made the guest favors.  I took the beautiful invitation, and hand painted cookies to match.  Perhaps I should give you some background on myself: I've been an artist as long as I can remember.  It was my first passion.  I've painted in oils, watercolor, acrylic, and now food coloring.  I've painted a mural that spanned a full living room, and now I've painted 21 tiny masterpieces.  Each one unique, and each one labored over with love.  I loved combining my new art with my lifelong one.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I would like you to meet someone...

He's big and strong, and has a glistening white body.....

He's my new mixer!  I finally purchased my dream mixer (I know, I'm a dork for dreaming of mixers), and I love it!  It's a Globe 8 qt commercial mixer, and it makes dough like you wouldn't believe.  I've used my beloved KitchenAid 6 qt mixer for the last 9 years, and this bad boy just dwarfs it!  I wanted to say thanks to everyone that bought Valentine's Day cookies, you are the only reason I was able to buy this!  There are many, many cookies in his future!