I had someone ask me to do sugar cookies for their son’s 7th birthday. Our conversation started off by her asking “You can do anything as a cookie, right?” I was a little hesitant to answer that question, so I gave my standard answer of “I will do the best I can”. She said her son was really into Beyblades. I had never heard of them and actually what I heard the first time she said it was “blahblahs”. I had to ask her several times and she said they were a kind of “top” that you spin. Now I know what tops are – no problem, I can do a top cookie. Well, I eventually asked her to spell it for me so I could google and see exactly what they looked like…… yeah, what I was picturing in my head was not even close to what they actually are. Now, you may now what a Beyblade is, but it was new to me. Here is a picture of a Beyblade: It was fun trying to create this toy. Here’s what I came up with: Hopefully this little 7 year old will like his cookies.
I made some cookies for my niece’s baptism (well, actually I think she is really my great-niece). She turned 8 and was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The cookie is a shield with the letters CTR, which stands for Choose the Right. Of course, I had to make them in her favorite colors – pink and purple. I decided to try some with sugar to give the shield some sparkle, but when I tried to put the CTR on top of the sugar I couldn’t get the edges of the letters to be smooth, they were very ragged, so I gave up on that idea and just did the shields with the sugar sprinkled on them. And of course, because it was her special day, I wanted to give her a special sugar cookie bouquet that she did not have to share with anyone!
I was asked to do cookies for a baby shower. Because the invitations to the baby shower were turtles, we decided to do turtle cookies. It was fun trying to match the colors – I must admit that one of my weaknesses is mixing colors – experimenting with combining colors to create just the perfect color. But I guess that will come with practice. I would love to hear any suggestions or great tips that anyone has regarding mixing colors. What is your favorite kind of coloring? Gel paste or powder?
I went and saw Hairspray on stage a few weeks ago and there is a song that now haunts me. Now whenever I hear anything about a wedding, for some reason I hear the song “I Can Hear the Bells”….. Yes, I’m singing it in my head right now. I guess because I think of wedding bells when I think of weddings, which leads me into the chorus “I can hear the bells…..” I was asked to do a bouquet for a wedding reception (and yes, as soon as they mentioned the word wedding, the song started going through my head). The couple was not having a formal wedding reception, instead they were going to have a small gathering after the wedding for their family and close friends. My goal was to make the sugar cookie bouquet as personal as I could for the newlyweds. first thing I was told was that they were cowboys and were wearing their cowboy boots in the pictures they used on their announcements. So my idea was to create sugar cookie cowboy boots, but we also wanted to keep the theme very “weddingish” – so I decided to put a top hat on his cowboy boot and a wedding veil on hers. On the veil I used cake glitter which gave it a more textured appearance, somewhat like lace I thought. Then I was told that in one of the pictures on their announcement they were sitting on an old turquoise Chevy truck, so of course I had to find a way to incorporate that. It was quite by accident that the texture of the icing on the sugar cookie looks “old and weathered”. At first I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t as smooth as it normally is, but then I was glad because I think it made the truck look older. The couple was married in the St. George, Utah Temple. I wanted to incorporate the temple into the sugar cookies. Because of the great detail of the temple I decided to just do a silhouette in white and put their names on the cookie. I hope they were pleased with it. And to round out the wedding sugar cookie bouquet, I added a heart. Nothing represents true love better than a pink stenciled sugar cookie heart. Here is the final product:
Well, it’s been a while since I posted last – a lot of things have happened and one of those things included someone’s birthday. My sister was visiting and decided to take a cookie bouquet back for her daughter that was having her 35th birthday. We decided on cupcakes and balloons. Because she was flying I made the cookies, packaged them up for her and she took them home and assembled the bouquet herself. She did such a great job that I told her she was hired! Now, if I can only get her to move here and take the job. Here is the picture my sister sent me of the bouquet all put together.