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Monogram Wedding Cookies

29 Oct

One of my very favorite projects is making cookies for a wedding. I recently had the opportunity to create some beautiful monogram cookies as a wedding favor. The brides colors were eggplant and granny smith apple green and they were so lovely together!

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Monogram cookies are something I absolutely love doing because while they always look elegant and lovely, they are very versatile. A monogram cookie can be anything from whimsical and artsy, to clean and professional.

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The bride wanted something that was a combination between artsy and elegant. I did half of the cookies in purple and the other half of the cookies in green.

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18 dozen cookies is quite the undertaking, and it takes careful planning and execution. If you ever decide to take one on, make sure to plan accordingly!

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These cookies turned out great and I was really pleased. Purple and green is such a great combination and compliment each other well! I’m sure the bride looked beautiful and the colors of the wedding really set everything off!

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18 dozen cookies packaged and ready to go!

Happy Baking!

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Decorative Monogram Cookies {A Tutorial}

9 Sep

So… I got a new cookie cutter. Isn’t that how all of my posts seem to start? I’ve always been super jealous of Lilaloa’s plaque cookie cutter, and finally Karen’s Cookies came out with one and I snatched it up immediately… and then proceeded to wait forever to actually bake anything with it. That’s just how I roll really. I did in fact get around to making some cookies with my new plaque cutter and decided to do a bit of tutorial on these cookies while I was at it. Here’s the finished product.

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Decorative monogram cookies. I of course chose to do “C”s this time around, but really any letter would work with this technique. I think.

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Using 10 second black royal icing, I piped the border.

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Immediately flood the interior of the cookie with the same color. In my case, black. You can tell from the finished photo that I did some in white too, to alternate the color scheme. Give the cookie a jostle across your work surface to flatten out any bumps or lines. Then… you wait. Dry time. I gave these guys overnight simply because I was using black and white as my color scheme and those two colors tend to bleed into each other pretty easy if you don’t allow proper dry time. If you want to learn more about royal icing bleeding and how to prevent it, check this out.

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Once proper drying time has taken place, i then used a #2 Wilton tip to pipe on my first section of decal. I did the little “flower” first because it helped give me a base to work out from to make sure everything stayed proportionate and as close to the center of the cookie as possible. Since I was placing my flower on the left hand side of the C, the flower is of course placed off to the left on the cookie.

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Then, I added the first layout of my C. I used 10 second icing here, because I knew I was going to be going back and thickening the letter to give it a more robust feel, and i didn’t want to have lines in my C when it was all said and done. I did do some sketches on paper to get a feel for how I wanted my C to be designed and thus already had a plan for where to put the curls, etc.

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Without allowing the white to dry AT ALL, I immediately went back and thickened the C in the areas closest to the flower. I then gave it a shake to even everything out.

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Next, I went in and added some little stems onto my flower with leaves coming off. Given that it’s not a typical flower color or design, it can look like a flower with stems, or it can just look like part of the design, but the beauty is that is doesn’t really matter when you work with all one color as it blends together nicely. To get the look for the little leaves, you simply place your tip where you want the base of the leaf to be, and squeeze a round dot out and while still squeezing slightly, you pull away and up. It makes it end in a point as you can see above.

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I then went around the outside edge with a solid border. Often times I like to do dots because I prefer that look, but dots give a more “fun” feeling while a solid line gives more of an “elegant” feeling. Course maybe that’s just me, and I AM a bit cooky, so take that with a grain of salt I suppose!

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My very last step was to add the ribbon rose. These roses are made out of fondant. That’s a different tutorial for a different day. I attached them by simply putting a dollop of the color I did for the letter on the bottom of the rose and then placed it in the center of my flower. I thought it gave a nice formal touch.

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These would be great for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, graduation, you name it! I loved them.

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Thanks for checking them out. If you want to get the plaque cookie cutter, you can buy it from Karen’s Cookies, here.

Happy Baking!

Valentine’s Cookie Bouquet

11 Feb

Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and so to commemorate the occasion, I had to create some special Valentine’s day treats! I’ve been wanting to do a Valentine’s cookie bouquet for quite some time and just haven’t been able to find the time. While I didn’t get this one done in time to create a flyer for Valentine’s Day present ideas, I still thought it turned out quite well and will be more than ready for next year!

A combination of X’s and O’s and hearts seemed the perfect match to me. 

This will be the perfect thing for me to add to my display as the the business of the month at the bank this month!

For some reason I always struggle with creative ideas for how to decorate XOXO cookies. There must be some subliminal mind block against hugs and kisses in my brain… Nah… that’s not it! Anyway, I went with the outlining approach. I’ll try to branch out more next time!

The heart cookies were the most fun because I got to experiment with a new technique that I learned from Sweet Sugar Belle! Adding lace to the cookies was as easy as she described it to be and I really enjoyed it. I’ll most definitely be using this technique on future projects!

I really enjoyed making these. I hope you enjoyed checking them out!

Bylina Anniversary Cake

20 Sep

It’s a true testament to how “blog-ddicted” (that’s blog addicted, and yes it’s a word. Look it up. But only in the special dictionary I hand wrote it in at my house) i’ve become by the fact that it’s only been a little over a week since i’ve posted and i’ve felt deprived and like i’ve been neglecting my blog. But the good news is that i’ve got a new project to share!

I was honored to be asked to do an anniversary cake for my dear friend and ex-boss Ed Bylina. He and Genie have been married 18 years now and they wanted to celebrate in a very special way! What better way than cake? Well there isn’t one of course…

Genie wanted a cake that was chocolate with some chocolate. Oh and add in some more chocolate. You get my drift. So I went with a devil’s food cake (my favorite chocolate cake recipe) with fudge filling, dirty iced in chocolate buttercream, and covered in chocolate fondant. Can it get any more chocolate than that???

The gumpaste flowers were almost as much fun as the piping. I wanted to do something three dimensional and classy, so the ivory flowers seemed like a great fit. Once I got them done I figured why not paint them with red accent? So…. that’s what I did. I personally think it turned out great with red tips.

So… needless to say i’m really pumped to do my next cake, just waiting for that exciting event to come up! 

How Cute Are These?

29 Jul

My love for weddings and all things cute comes out in these fun and sophisticated cookies for wedding receptions and rehersal dinners. These already seem to be a big hit, so i’m excited to share!

Monogram Wedding Cookies