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Easter Bunny and Basket Time Lapse Videos

posted Friday Mar 27, 2015 at 05:47 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

It is Easter crosses, bunnies, and eggs as far as you can see in the bakery right now! Well, we are small, so I guess you don't have to look too far! But we are full of good baking smells! That is for sure!

Last week I taught a class with a Spring theme. I had an awesome group of students and we had a lot of fun! The class ran a little long because we were working so hard on all our projects.

Here are some of what we worked on... We stenciled with royal icing. We practiced brushed icing. We also made icing flowers and basketweave. And, we used our airbrush to add shading to the butterfly cookie. The class was packed with lots of information!

When making the class samples, we took a video of a few of the projects. These are time lapse videos, so they are sped up! There is drying time between each color (1-2 hours) and drying time before details are added!

The first video is a flower basket.

Just press play to watch the making of this cookie! The basketweave sure is a test of patience!! 

I use royal icing on my cookies, including the flowers. A video tutorial is available here in the shop. I used a #2 tip for the outlining and flooding. I used the #101 tip for the flowers and a #352 tip for the leaves. That cute bow is made using the leaf tip #67 (all coming soon to the shop!!) 

I used the 3.5" egg to make this cookie. It is available here in the online shop.

 

Would you like to see Mr. Bunny, too? He's a great example of bringing a cookie character to life! 

 

I used a food marker for the whiskers. And I used tip #67 for the bowtie (also coming soon!). It's so quick and easy to do it that way! The petal dust is just the perfect blush for cookies. To get a light blush, I like to use the Flamingo pink available here.

Mr. Bunny is a lot of fun to do. I actually think he might be my new favorite cutter! 

 

I'll be using him again soon since my daughter's dance class is doing a bunny dance. Can you image this as a little ballerina bunny! I'm excited just at the thought. 

There are a few more fun Easter videos coming. I can't wait to share! Until then...happy decorating!!

Anne

 

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A Video of the Snow Queen Cookie

posted Friday Mar 20, 2015 at 08:21 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

It's the first day of Spring and it's snowing in Pennsylvania! Whaaaaa??? Makes me wonder if a certain Snow Queen has her grips on us?

This has been a fun project to share! What an amazing response we got to our snow princess video. Here is her sister, the Snow Queen. I hope you enjoy this time lapse video!

The icing used in the video is Royal Icing. I offer a step-by-step video on how to make this icing.

You can find the tutorial in the online shop here - http://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/tutorials

The tool used to spread and tap the icing into place is the scribe tool. It's my MVP of cookie decorating tools. It is available in the shop here... http://www.flourboxbakery.com/products/pme-scriber-needle-tool

check it out close up in this video...

 

 

 I hope you are enjoying these videos as much as we are enjoying making them! 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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A Time Lapse Video of the Snow Princess

posted Monday Mar 16, 2015 at 05:46 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

Sing along with me ...

Do you want to make a cookie? Come on let's decorate!

I have been singing this over and over in my head. Maybe because this might be one of my favorite videos so far! Check it out! 

In order to show the full decorating process, this video is a time lapse. That means it is sped up. Actually, because of all the icing areas and details...this video is quite fast compared to the actual decorating time. This cookie is at least 8-9 minutes of decorating, PLUS dry time. I like to let my icing areas dry 1-2 hours before flooding neighboring colors.

My favorite part of decorating this cookie is braiding the hair... this is an short little video from the @flourboxbakery Instagram account...

 

Braiding hair in the bakery today!

A video posted by Flour Box Bakery (@flourboxbakery) on

 

To make the braid, I use a tip #2 and create a series of overlapping hearts. When layered together, they look like a pretty braid!

This cookie is made using a cookie cutter that I designed. It is available in the Flour Box online shop here.

I have used it for lots of different cookie designs...check it out!

 

I hope you enjoyed this video as much as I enjoyed making the cookies! Stay tuned, because there is one of her sister coming very soon!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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BIG GIVEAWAY!! We are celebrating ONE MILLION FACEBOOK LIKES!

posted Friday Mar 13, 2015 at 09:21 PM by Anne Yorks — 27 comments

We hit a BIG milestone this week....ONE MILLION LIKES on the Flour Box Bakery Facebook Page. That's crazy, because my husband and I remember when it was just two likes - us. We have truly loved the connections we have made with cookie decorators and cookie lovers across the US and around the globe! Thank you for your continued support of Flour Box Bakery! Our family appreciates it so much!

To celebrate, we are hosting a BIG giveaway. One lucky winner will win a prize valued at $500! The contest will kick off March 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on March 16, 2015 at 8 pm (Eastern Time (US & Canada)). 

The grand prize is valued at more than $500 and will include:

$50 Gift Certificate from The Cookie Countess
A Blinged Cookie Apron from Bling Bling for Everything by D’luxe Essentials
$50 Gift Certificate from CopperGifts.com
$50 cookie cutter gift from Ann Clark Ltd.
3 Free Craftsy.com Classes
4 Images and 1 Custom Bag Topper Digital Download from Drawn with Character
A Dough EZ mat system + $50 visa card from Dough EZ
90 yards of Custom Ribbon from Ribbon by Design
A Cookie Decorating Starter Kit from Flour Box Bakery

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A custom blinged apron from Bling Bling for Everything by D'Luxe Essentials
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$50 in cookie cutters from Ann Clark Ltd. The American Cookie Cutter Co.
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4 Images and 1 Custom Bag Topper Digital Download from Drawn with Character (Etsy Shop)
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$50 gift Certificate to www.CookieCountess.com
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90 yards of custom ribbon from http://www.ribbonbydesign.com/custom-ribbon/
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Three (3) classes from www.Craftsy.com
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A Dough EZ mat system + $50 visa card from Dough EZ
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A cookie decorating Starter Kit from www.flourboxbakery.com
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You can only enter the contest on the Flour Box Bakery Facebook page using the giveaway tab. Click here to check it out!

 

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  1. Promotion Description: The ‘Flour Box Bakery 1 Million Like Giveaway' ("Sweepstakes") lasts sixty-five (65) hours and begins on 03/14/2015 at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 03/16/2015 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))  (the "Promotion Period"). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Flour Box Bakery LLC (Flour Box Bakery) ("Sponsor"), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. 
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  1. Prize: 

    -  One (1) winner will receive the Flour Box Bakery prize pack, which includes: 

A Cookie Decorating Starter Kit from Flour Box Bakery
$50 Gift Certificate from The Cookie Countess
A Blinged Cookie Apron from D’luxe Essentials
$50 Gift Certificate from CopperGifts.com
$50 cookie cutter gift from Ann Clark Ltd.
3 Free Craftsy.com Classes
4 Images and 1 Custom Bag Topper Digital Download from Drawn with Character
A Dough EZ mat system + $50 visa card from Dough EZ
90 yards of Custom Ribbon from Ribbon by Design

The actual retail value exceeds $500. 

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Irish Cupcake - Time Lapse Video

posted Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 at 09:24 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

If I were ever stranded on a deserted island (or maybe it should be desserted!), and could only bring one cutter with me. I'd definitely take my swirly cupcake cookie cutter (available here). I use it every week and for every holiday! It's just so sweet and fun!

 Don't believe me? Take a look-see! 

Here is a time-lapse video of an Irish Cupcake. Remember, the video does not show drying time! I do allow several hours of dry time before flooding neighboring colors!

I used a few different tip numbers (available here) while  making this cookie. The outlines are done with #2. I flooded the cookie with a #3 (it's a bigger opening and makes for faster work).

I flooded the green wrapper first and let it dry for a few hours. Then I came back and flooded the white top. Immediately after the white is flooded, while it is still wet, I add the polka dots. I used a #2 tip on the dark green bigger dots, and a #1 tip on both the light green and yellow to control the smaller dot shapes. When doing the polka dots on the white, I allow 30-90 seconds dry time for the white to set-up just a little bit (keeps the dots from spreading) before adding the dots. I actually do 2-4 cookies at a time - flooding all the whites on all the cookies and then I go back and add the dots on all the cookies. Just that little amount of time keeps the dots from spreading too much. I don't want to wait too long, allowing too much dry time, because the dot won't melt flat into the white background.

Then I used a #101 for the buckle. (to learn more about making royal icing and piping and flooding - check out the tutorials in the Flour Box Bakery Online Shop)

Cute and festive, and not too tough - just the way I like my cookies!

Want a little more cupcake fun? Check out this sweet, swirly cupcake from Valentine's Day...

And if these videos didn't provide enough excitement - I've got news for you! The Flour Box Bakery Facebook page just hit ONE MILLION LIKES! We will be celebrating with a HUGE GIVEAWAY...stay tuned for details!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

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