Thursday, June 12, 2008

For June brides...

With this simple tiered cake cookie cutter, the possibilities are really endless. Don't limit yourself to just wedding cookies, this makes a perfect birthday cookie, too. Over the years, I've probably used this cutter and my scalloped square cutter the most.

The edge on this cookie was finished in gold lustre dust.
This "squiggle cake" is a really simple design and still one of my absolute favorites! Here's how to make them:
  • Outline cookies in white royal icing, using a #2 or #3 tip.
  • Thin icing with water to the consistency of syrup. Let sit for several minutes covered with a damp dishtowel. Use a rubber spatula and run through the icing after sitting to break most of the air bubbles that have risen to the top. Pour this into a squeeze bottle.
  • Fill in cookies with the thinned flood icing, using a toothpick to guide into corners.
  • Let dry at least 1 hour.
  • Using a #1 or #2 tip (these cookies were piped with a #2, look at the top pic for #1 tip example), squeeze piping icing in a free-form squiggle pattern. (Be sure on this design to fill your piping bag no more than half full....any more and your hand will start to hurt and cramp....trust me...it's a lot of squeezing!) :)
  • Ta-da! Place in a bag and tie with coordinating ribbon.

17 comments:

  1. One of my goals this summer is to learn how to decorate cakes and cookies-Mine always look a bit depressed when I decorate now. And since you seem to have lots of experience with good cookies and cakes-might you have a suggestion about a dessert for a father's day brunch?

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  2. Jessica...hi! :) Father's Day around this house always means ice cream something-or-other, whether it's a pie or just scooped in a bowl. I have a great and easy mint chocolate chip pie recipe (I think it actually makes TWO pies)...if you want it, email me at bridget350ATgmailDOTcom. I'm not sure if you want ice cream pie for a buffet, though.

    Now, for my dad...it would be oatmeal raisin cookies OR something tangy like lemon squares. Try this recipe (from my other blog with my sister) for Key Lime Pie bars....they are awesome!

    http://twocurlytops.blogspot.com/2007/07/key-lime-bars.html

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  3. these are soooo lovely bridget...

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  4. i love these! Who were the chocolate cakes for? Cute flowers!

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  5. I love those white squiggle cakes. They look so elegant, like the lace on a wedding dress.

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  6. Molly...thanks! Actually, the "chocolate" cakes were for me. HA! :) I was doing some testing!

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  7. So pretty. I'm Montee's sister-in-law and I emailed you a week or so ago. I finally gave the cookie decorating a shot and it was so much fun. Your directions were so helpful! I tried the squiggle and I'm no good at it. I kept running into dead ends if you know what I mean. I am hosting a couple's shower next weekend so I might try the cakes with a simple design. I love the brown and pink one's with monogram that you did. Tracy

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  8. Thanks, Tracy! Yes, I do know what you mean about the dead ends. :) Let me know how your cookies turn out.

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  9. this is perfect gift for my friends wedding, I mean if you don't care if I stole your idea for that occassion, but seriously I like this not only because is cheap, also because is something that you made with your own hands, and this my friend have is more valuable than anything that money can buy.

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  10. I love your blog! You have inspired by cookie decorating and taught me quite a few things. Keep up the good work. I have a question on the white monogramed wedding cake with the gold piping. Did you pipe in white and then brush on the gold or did you find a way to incorporate the gold into your icing? If you brushed, how did you get it so precise? If you piped in gold, please share your secret!

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  11. Hey Tamara....I brushed gold luster dust with a very small paintbrush and a *kinda* steady hand. ;)

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  12. Perfect for wedding occasions good for souvenirs.

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  13. Saw your cookies and would love to do them for a shower. I am having trouble finding a cookie cutter in the right shape. Wilton has one but it is rounded and I don't think it would turn out as well. Any suggestions?

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