Saturday, March 30, 2013

Monster Truck Mayhem!

I was given the task this week of making a simple monster truck themed cake with a side of cupcakes.  In favor of the simple, I decided to make some tasty chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and top them with a monster truck tire cookie as the decoration.  I liked making the tire cookies the best, so I decided to take step-by-step pictures of the cookie making process.
I came up with a relatively easy method to make tire cookies with some cutters I already had.  I cut out the flowers first, then used my circle cutter to cut the middles out, leaving little nubs for the look I wanted.
Then I put a circle of the usual royal icing (just a little thicker than flood icing) in the centre and added some sugar pearls to give depth to the tire rims.

Next I sprayed the middles with Duff silver cake graffiti for the metallic look.  This isn't my favorite way to make the metallic sparkle, but rather than dig out my paintbrush and silver pearl dust I went for the quick spray.
Here's what they looked like when the spray dried.  Nice shiny rims.  The icing collapsed a bit in the middle, but I didn't mind the depth it added so I just went with it.
Next, I outlined the tires in piping icing (I don't do this every time I flood cookies, but I wanted to add a little extra texture to the out side of the tires), using an Ateco #1 tip.
I finished the tires with flood icing and let them dry.
Once I made the cupcakes, I added the tires on the top and they were ready to go!  A simple and tasty addition to tie the theme in.

Here's the monster truck cake that they went with.  I had a toy monster truck for the top of the cake, but if I had put it on the cake before taking it with me, it wouldn't have fit in the box!  So I opted to keep the truck in it's package, which means you'll have to use your imagination and picture a monster truck on top of the ramp I made!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Black, White, And Silver Cookies

My love affair with greyscale art is widely celebrated in my home d├ęcor.  I've always loved the clean look of black & white designs, and I especially like a touch of silver in there.  I decided to do some greyscale cookies after I was finishing some pictures of my previous cookies and ran my mouse over the black & white filter button on my photo software.  I took one look and knew that I had to play with it immediately!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Cookies

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and I'm excited to get into the coming season!

I don't know about where you are, but where I live, yesterday gave us a foot and a half of snow.  While the snow was coming down outside I stayed warm by listening to my favorite music, sipping my coffee, and decorating cookies.  I decided to experiment with the line-drawing-basket-weave type of design that I've seen on various cookie blogs, and I'm super excited with the finished product.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Rainbows

I really gravitated to the rainbows while I was decorating these, completely ignoring the pots of gold at the end.  I'm not sorry.