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Blue and White Wedding Favors

posted Friday Oct 10, 2014 at 08:45 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

It's no secret...I love making blue and white cookies!! Especially if they are for a wedding! Check out these adorable cookies made for a special blue and white wedding!'

This request asked for an assortment of blue and white wedding and football cookie favors!


A paw print with a favorite cheer "We Are ... Married!" Of course, I had to add a diamond ring to one of the toes!


Beautiful monogrammed cookie favors with a quarter-foil pattern airbrushed on the background. 


These jerseys were super fun to make! B for bride and G for groom!


A white wedding dress with a cascade of ruffles in the front. And just a hint of blue at the hemline and on the top of the bodice. A few silver pearls add a decadent touch!


Two versions of a blue and white wedding cake. One simple and modern with the bride and groom's name and the other with a simple lace pattern.


Of the set, this lion ring bearer is by far my favorite. Actually, it might be my favorite cookie...ever!! I just love the tux jacket and the cute pillow with ring! 


Here are the cookies all dresses and ready to go!


They were presented in a special window box! What an honor to make these cookies!! I hope you enjoyed the project!

Have a sweet day,





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Sports Themed Dessert Tables!

posted Monday Oct 06, 2014 at 08:14 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

For months, I have been participating on a committee at my daughter's school to plan our fall fundraiser. And, after months of planning the 1st Annual Auction took place this past Friday night! So many local business, families and donors contributed to this event and made it a huge success! 


I was in charge of the dessert tables. It was FOUR TABLES!!! What a fun project! Thankfully, our school is FULL of bakers and dozens of families pitched in to make this the tastiest dessert display EVER! We also had a few generous local donors to help with our treats: Delectable Delights, M & C Cakery, and the Village Eatinghouse all helped us with the desserts!


I scoured the internet for lots of sports dessert table ideas. I even set up a pin board to collect my favorite ideas...check it out here ... http://www.pinterest.com/flourboxbakery/sports-dessert-table-ideas/. I loved the green 'field' tabletops and the black and white 'referee-style' drapes as the backdrop. There was also a pennant banner hanging across the back with our school name!


An awesome builder helped out with making custom 'bleachers' for our popcorn tables. I didn't make too many baked goods since I was responsible for set-up. But I did make several trays of cookies!!

A friend from the committee and my mother-in-law helped me make dozens of chocolate covered oreo pops. We really had fun with these! I made the 'sports candies' ahead of time (as royal icing transfers) and then we just popped the candies on while the chocolate was still melted and wet. Each pop was a different flavored oreo!

Do you love the pop stands!?! They are awesome!! There is actually a 2nd hidden shelf inside the box to keep the pops steady! No wiggling! They are sturdy and reusable. You can find these awesome box pop stands at BRP Box Shop ... check out this link to all the 'pop' box options ... http://www.brpboxshop.com/cake-pop-boxes.html! Thanks BRP for helping me with this awesome display!!!


So many bakers contributed to the tables. We had hundreds of truffles, cookies, brownies, lemon bars, cakes, cupcakes, cheesecake bites, whoopie pies, and so much more!

Here are two of my favorite projects...

This 2-layer soccer kids cake was awesome! The kids were actually modeled after the baker's children and their friends! How cute! I can't imagine the hours it took to make these figurines!! The baker is an attorney by day and a cake decorate by night! Talk about talented!!

And how about the perfection of this cake??? There were actually two of these made for the tables - made by a hobby-decorator. Maybe she needs to go pro!!!!

I also loved that the soccer ball cakes were in our school colors!

One of the most popular treats was a coconut pie donated by The Village Eatinghouse.


This pie disappeared within 30 minutes of our guests arriving!  Just crumbs were left on the plate!


There were lots of bite-sized treats on the tables...and they were most popular since guests wanted to try multiple treats! The pumpkin spice and red velvet mini cupcakes from M & C Cakery were DELIGHTFUL (I know...I tried them both!)

They might be mini, but they were packed with lots of great flavor!!

Several dozen regular sized cupcakes came from Heather at Delectable Delights! She had fun with the sports theme and decorated the tops of the cupcakes as baseballs and footballs.


Is your mouth watering yet?? Here are a few more photos of the amazing treats at the event!





Thank you so much to all the bakers and donors that make this amazing project possible! I can't wait to start planning for next year!!

Have a sweet day,


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Purple Parisian Party

posted Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 at 04:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

Last week, we had a very exciting weekend! We celebrated both of my girls birthdays! Their birthdays are two weeks apart, so we planned one celebration with our friends and family for both in the middle!


My oldest daughter, who is turning seven, has spent the summer studying France, especially Paris. She has enjoyed learning about the history, the people, the food, the art, and of course the French pastries!! Our local librarian was very helpful with finding books about France. I've posted a list of our favorite books at the bottom of this post!


I've done several PINK Paris cookie collections. But this was my first in shades of purple, a special request from the birthday girl herself!


These cute beret girls were the featured cookies on the platter. Of course she had brown hair just like Grace!


But, the favors also included several polka dot fleur-de-lis cookies!


The Eiffel Tower and passport stamp cookies were also included. I had done these before, and they are so fun to make!


Right about now, I think I should make a disclaimer that I'm not a cake lady. I'm a cookie girl! But, I like to make my daughters' cakes! So when I make cakes, I put cookies on them of course!


The cakes matched in style :) Both featuring the girls names! (Cecelia's cookies/cake were character themed, so no photos of her birthday treats since I don't normally offer those!)


Front and center was the beret girl with pigtails! Gracie made that executive decision.


I made a bunch of royal icing transfers and added these fleur-de-lis 'candies' around the base of the cake. 



I popped on an Eiffel Tower and a Poodle and ... Viola! The cake was donesies!



And she loved it!


Before the guests arrived, Grace pulled out several of her favorite cookies and set them to the side to give to our helpful librarian. She wrote her own thank you note, too!!


As promised, here are a few of the children's books that we really enjoyed.  These were all available at our library, but each title will be linked to amazon in case you want to check them out:

Linnea in Monet's Garden, by Cristina Bjork (Author), Lena Anderson (Illustrator), Joan Sandin (Translator)


The Red Balloon, by Albert Lamorisse


Emma in Paris, by Claire Frossard (Creator), Christophe Urbain (Photographer)


Fancy Nancy, Aspiring Artist (as a note, we enjoy all Fancy Nancy books!!), by Jane O'Connor (Author), Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)


The mighty Lalouche / written by Matthew Olshan ; illustrated by Sophie Blackall.


Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat / by Susanna Reich ; illustrated by Amy Bates


The inside-outside book of Paris / by Roxie Munro


Madeline and the old house in Paris / story and pictures by John Bemelmans Marciano.


Do you know of any children's books about Paris? Feel free to share in the comments section below! We are always looking for a good book recommendation!


Have a sweet day,


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Making Cookies for Jim Parsons of the Big Bang Theory

posted Saturday Sep 06, 2014 at 07:54 AM by Anne Yorks — 13 comments

I can barely contain my excitement! Last week, I had the honor of making a very special congratulations set of cookies for 4-time Emmy winner, Jim Parsons! He is the actor that plays Sheldon on the Big Bang Theory! And he won his FOURTH Emmy for being the funniest guy on TV, aka, the Best Actor in a Comedy!!  (Four Emmys!!! Can you imagine how proud his mom is?)

A friend ordered these cookies for Jim as a sweet surprise to celebrate his major achievement. And then last night...this happened...an Instagram photo from @therealjimparsons, tagging @flourboxbakery!! And my head almost exploded with excitement!!

And then I get this photo...funniest guy on tv...being funny and super cute while holding Flour Box Bakery cookies! Jim, you're the best! Truly, made this cookie nerd smile and laugh and feel so happy!



Figuring out the cookie designs was a total blast! My client (Jim's friend) suggested the themes of congrats, the Big Bang Theory and 4 Emmy wins. I had so many ideas! And after planning and planning and sketching and planning and stressing and planning...these are the cookies I made!



My favorite cookie of the set (and the most challenging) was the comedy mask! And, how appropriate since Jim IS the funniest guy on TV!



I also had fun planning this cake. I tried to get a little clever!



And, really, the collection would not have been complete without a 'cookied' Sheldon!! Bazinga!



I packed them carefully and then held my breath until they arrived at their destination. Just, a little nerve wracking! I was so relieved when I got a little note letting me know they arrived in one piece!

I really appreciated this opportunity! I hope my client knows how much fun I had creating these cookies! It really was an honor to be included in a small, sweet way in such a big lifetime achievement! (My mom thought it was pretty cool, too!)

And, while ALL my clients are super important to me, it's pretty cool that my cookies had a little brush with celebrity! Good thing I have a 3-year-old at home to keep me grounded. Otherwise, this might give me a big head!

So, a big congrats to Jim! And, a special thanks to Pam! This is one set of cookies I will always remember!!

Have a sweet day,


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Here Comes the Bride

posted Sunday Aug 10, 2014 at 07:02 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

This morning, another bridal order is wrapped and ready! It's been a wonderfully busy wedding season this year! Check out some of the fun projects we have worked on this summer.

I love all the different colors couples choose for their weddings. 

These cookies were for a navy and coral wedding. They cookies were going on a cookie table - an idea that was to honor the grandfather of the bride that loved cookies!

I made more than 80 of these bride and groom bird box sets. The client provided the custom tags. here is a close up of the birds out of the box.

Clients order cookies for the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and wedding. And, there are times when a gift is ordered to send best wished to the bride and groom. 

This collection covers all those occasions. It's available for special order here http://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/wedding-engagement-gifts/products/happily-ever-after. 


I loved making these jar cookies!! The jar and yellow flowers coordinated with the invitation.


This wedding gown favor was created for a 'Something Blue' themed bridal shower. The details are simple and elegant. Just a hit of blue at the hem on on the bodice with a blue sash. 


A blue bouquet of flowers for another shower!

My favorite cookie to make is the peacock. It's also a popular wedding favor too!

This cutter is exclusively available here! And, a step-by-step video tutorial will be available this week!!. This cookie coordinates with the peacock stencil also available on our site

Here is an example of how the stencil looks.



In additional to the wedding favor orders, in July, I also taught an intermediate cookie decorating class that focused on wedding favor cookies.


We practiced royal icing stenciling, ribbon roses, lace borders, brushed flowers and more. And we also created that cute bride cookie (a video tutorial on the bride cookie will be available soon on our tutorial page!). 

Flour Box Bakery is always honored to be a small, sweet part of life's big events! If you are having a special occasion and are looking for something unique, please contact us for a cookie quote!

Thank you and have a sweet day!




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