I’m back again 🙂 I had another special request for a birthday – this time it falls on Easter. Some friends of mine made their own custom invites for their daughter’s birthday that had a really great color palette. They sent me a digital copy of the images of the eggs on the invitation so I could try to match the colors.
Here are the images from the invitation:
And here is what I came up with:
Matching colors can always be a challenge, but I think I was pretty close on these. The darker the color, the harder it is to match without using too much coloring. One thing to always keep in mine when making royal icing is that the colors become richer and more vibrant after they sit for a while – at least a few hours, if not overnight. The navy blue originally looked more like a dark grayish-blue to me. But once I let it sit overnight, I was very pleased with how it turned out.
I have 2 more batches I need to get moving on this weekend. Shapes that I haven’t done before and one is actually to use as a fundraiser at my nephew’s school. Stay tuned!
I received a request to make some Shamrock cookies for a birthday party this week. I made some solid green ones last night and felt like they needed a little something extra. I needed something that was not going to take too long to dry because they needed to be ready the next day. Typically, if you use sanding sugar, it helps set the icing faster. I’m hoping they are happy with the results. I’m loving them! Happy Birthday to Lyon and Thank you to Stewart and Kristen for the order 🙂
Next up – Easter eggs! Doesn’t it feel strange to have these two holidays so close together? I am really loving the warm weather we have already here in NC. I can never get enough of the sun. Here’s to hope
I made some cookies for a baby shower that a friend of mine attended this past weekend. I’m really loving the color of these. This springtime weather we are having lately is very fitting for the pastel spring-like colors!
I hadn’t broken out my sailboat cookie cutter in probably 5+ years, so that was a fun one to make. The teddy bears are easily one of my all-time favorites. I made half the bears with the solid brown flood icing and the other half with different designs using all of the colors in the batch. I know some people don’t like a ton of icing on their cookies, and it’s also fun to play with different designs.
I’m really happy with how they turned out and it sounds like they were a hit at the party! Thank you, Jennifer! I am already working on my next couple of orders, so you will be seeing those soon. I will be making some for a St. Patty’s Day birthday and also some for Easter.
My friend (and one of the sweetest guys I know), Tyler, turns 30 this week. I was fortunate enough to celebrate with him, his beautiful wife Rachel, and a bunch of his friends in Asheville, NC over this past weekend. I have been dying to visit Asheville since I moved to North Carolina! What a great reason to finally go.
Rachel asked if I could make some cookies for the weekend, and of course I was happy to. Considering what I knew what we would be partaking in most of the weekend, here is what I came up with and the process from the beginning of the design to the finished product:
The cookies were a big hit 🙂 I’ve also gotten several orders in the past week, so look out for some more posts. I have a unique order I did around Christmas that I need to dig up the pictures for as well. Better late than never right?
I know it’s been several months since my last post – sorry about that. I bought my first home last September and I’ve been a little busy furnishing/decorating/painting – so so so many DIY projects. LOVING it! I may post some stuff on here about them just because I’ve become slightly obsessed.
I’m a little late posting this, but better late than never right? The awesome company that I work for (https://www.atlanticbt.com/) has regular events for employees, family, friends, and clients. Each one has a different theme and a couple weeks ago, we had a family fun night with everything from cotton candy and popcorn to face painting and fun games outside for the kids. I thought it would be cool to set up a table to decorate cookies with kids (and adults!). I was hoping a few people would be interested in checking it out, but had no idea how much of a hit it would be. It was really cute to see them all get so into it. I made a few sample cookies, but left almost all of them blank and brought several bottles of icing and cups of sprinkles for them to play around with.
What I was most impressed with is how creative they got with the interpretations of what the shapes were of the blank cookies. I wish I was that creative!
When the night was over, all the cookies were gone and we had a pile of sprinkles and some icing leftover. I consider that a success.
Thank you to all who came out. Hopefully we can do it again soon 🙂
These cookies were made for a bridal shower/bachelorette weekend in Ohio for a wedding taking place on July 3rd. A dear friend of mine asked me to make cookie favor bags for the bride and her request was inspired by the last batch that I did for my brother’s wedding. So I was able to pull out the edible markers again and try something a little different out with those. We were originally going to use the bride and groom’s initials, but it looked a lot better when I wrote out their names instead. I added the wedding date at the bottom with the pink hearts to add a pop of color and match the other small cookie hearts in the bag. The wedding colors are blush pink and bright pink with touches of silver – so that’s where the silver diamond rings came in.
As I mentioned in my last post – it is very important to let the icing sit for several hours (ideally overnight) before writing with the edible markers to prevent bleed. I even left them under a ceiling fan overnight. Can’t be too cautious right? 🙂
I knew I wanted to do something special for my brother’s wedding, but it took me a while to decide on the details. I’ve made cookies for a few weddings, but I wanted to try something a little different. I thought the cursive L would make for cool looking cookie, and I couldn’t find a cookie cutter that shape anywhere. So I actually had this cookie cutter custom made. I took an image of a cursive L and created a shape around it so I knew that it would fit. Ended up with what looks like an amoeba, but the finished product was exactly what I wanted 🙂
The rest was pretty easy. I used some edible markers to write love on the background of the cookies and I used the colors of the wedding (navy blue and gold). I’m really happy with how they turned out. They were the favors for the rehearsal dinner and they were quite a hit! Some people there were already aware of my minor cookie decorating obsession/hobby, but many others had never seen any of them before and couldn’t believe I hand-wrote love on the background of all the cookies. That was actually really easy! I found a few brands of edible markers on Amazon – these are the ones I used.
One mistake I made was starting to write on them too soon. I let the white icing sit for probably 3 or 4 hours and that was nowhere near long enough. They didn’t bleed right away, but the next day, they were a mess. I had to remake quite a few of them. So lesson learned there. The royal icing should really sit overnight before you do anything like that.
The gold L was made by just using some yellow colored icing and covering it with gold sprinkles before it dried. They are the same sprinkles I use for the diamond ring cookies. The mini hearts were just an added touch. I made 4 different designs and there were 3 in each bag (one behind the big cookie that you can’t see). I highly recommend using these treat bags by Wilton. The shape makes it much easier to arrange the cookies and tie them up and they are the perfect size for small favors like these.
Congratulations to Meg & Josh! I’m off to get ready for the wedding!
I’ve done a handful of bachelorette party orders now and I’ve learned quickly that there is a very broad range of what people like to have at these events 😉 Sadly some of them are not suitable for this blog, but this order was a perfect fit!
I used bikini-shaped cookie cutters and changed up the colors and decorating to make them a little more fitting for the occasion
Some of my old favorites! They’re quite popular and I love making them 🙂
I have a couple more batches I’ll be working on over the next few weeks, so come back and visit soon! It’s been nice to get back into baking. Even spoiled myself a bit with some new baking pans, tools, and cookie cutters. I actually got my very first custom cookie cutter recently. You’ll be seeing the end result of that one soon!
If you’re in the Raleigh area, you should check out Whisk Carolina in Cary. Great products, cooking classes, very knowledgeable and friendly staff. My new favorite store!
So I went months without posting, and sadly without baking much, and now I have 2 posts within a week! First of all, Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! These flower cookies were an order I received from a friend and former coworker of mine for a mother’s day gift for his mom 🙂 Thank you, Mitch!
Now let’s not forget about the dads. Father’s Day will be here before you know it – June 21st! For all the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill peeps – check out humblymade.com for some awesome locally designed and printed tshirts! My personal favorite:
I traveled to South Carolina for a birthday party for a dear friend this past weekend. Her sisters threw her a beautiful Cinco de Mayo themed party and I thought it was a great opportunity to make some cookies! It’s been a long time since I posted. I need to get better about this.
The cookies were a hit and I’ll be making more very soon!