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Oh, Sugar! and Flour Box Cookie Workshop

posted Saturday May 23, 2015 at 01:51 PM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

Two weeks ago, I had the honor of hosting two decorating workshops with Angela Rudy of Oh, Sugar! Events. If you don't know Angela, check Oh, Sugar! out on facebook. Her cookies will blow your mind!

I would like to thank the class sponsors Ribbon by Design and The Cookie Countess for supporting the classes and providing class samples! 

  

Here is our class from the Saturday workshop. What an AWESOME group of ladies. We really had a fun day!

The class projects were technique based. We tried to stick to the three B's: birthday, bridal, and baby!

Angela taught these projects...focusing on making royal icing 1 consistency fits all, piping/flooding, adding dragees, wet on wet cheetah print, basket weave, cable knit sweater, brushed embroidery, easy spiral roses, lace work, basic character cookies, using petal dust.

And, I taught these ... focusing on making royal icing and consistencies, piping and flooding, wet-on-wet, cookies with dimension and icing layers, marbling, quilting, airbrush stenciling, royal icing transfer, royal icing stenciling, rosettes and icing flowers, hand pressure and writing on cookies with the KopyKake, painting with metallics.

There were tons of live demonstrations.

Lots of piping and practicing.

The small class size allowed for one-on-one attention!

Two royal icing demos. Angela and I make our icing differently and we both got a chance to show what we do.

Overall, it was just good times! This is Tiffany from TheRedCooky! She's my buddy from Michigan! I was so happy to have her in class! We had students come from MI, NJ, NY, SC, VA, and PA!

Thank you again to Angela for traveling to PA to share your cookie knowledge! It was awesome to see you in action!

Are you interested in learning cookie decorating? Currently, all cookie school classes are full for 2015. BUT, we will be adding a few more dates. If you would like to get the next update, use the contact us page to be added to the waitlist.

Thanks!!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Superhero Cookie

posted Friday May 29, 2015 at 06:50 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Who's that masked superhero cookie? It's the caped crusader himself!

Would you like to see the video of how this superhero is decorated?

I love using this cutter to make superheros! It's available here in the shop!

I have also done a red and blue superhero. I hope to make a video of him soon!

And, I did a cute girl version of the superhero, too! This is Super Gaby! 

I do have a video of how she was made! Check it out!

You can read more about her on this blog post.

I hope this blog post leaves you feeling SUPER!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Pug Cookie

posted Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 09:16 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

Several months ago, I received a sweet note from a mom looking for cookies for her son Jake. He would be celebrating his 11th birthday. He has aspirations of becoming a baker and loves watching the Flour Box cookie videos. Sooooo....very politely the mom asked if I could make a video of the order. Here it is...

In this video, I use a KopyKake projector. I don't use this for most of my projects, but since I sketched the pug design on a heart, I needed a little help piping the design...especially getting the eyes and snout consistent. I am sure there is a pug cookie cutter in this world, but the heart seemed to work perfectly!

The KopyKake projects the image onto the cookie and takes out the guess work. I do find this a little more time consuming than freehand. But, when I really want consistent results it's a huge help!

Can we chat a little about squeeze bottles? I get a lot of questions about bag vs. bottle. I like to use both. I use icing bags for outlining and details.

I like to use bottles to flood. I find they are easier to fill and I like that they sit on my table top. I use 8 ounce, 12 ounce and 16 ounce depending on the job I'm working on. These are all available in the shop here. I generally find that a medium sized cookie takes about 1 oz of icing. So, I know that a full 8 ounce bottle will flood about 8 cookies. A full 12 ounce or 16 ounce bottle will flood 12-16 cookies. This is approximate and varies based on the size of cookie.

One of the things I like best about using bottles is that I can also easily give my icing a little stir if it has started to separate. And, for me, the refill is easier too. There isn't crusty or sticky icing getting in the way.

I use bags occasionally for flooding. Like when I'm using a 20-second icing. It gives me more control. But, mostly, I'll go for a bottle that has a coupler and tip. I like that I can switch tips. A #3 for larger flood areas, or a #1 for small areas. Definitely more control than the squeeze bottle with standard top allows.

These are a little trickier to fill (the opening is smaller). Until I got a knack for the pour, I used a square container and poured from the corner. Also, using a bowl or measuring cup with a spout makes it easier. then as I'm pouring I pull up and thin out the stream of icing. It flows right in. BUT, just to be sure I don't make a mess on my counter top, I do put the bottle on the LID of my container. That way, if there is a little overflow, clean-up is easy (scrape back into bowl)

This style of bottle also coming in a 2 oz size. I use these less, mostly if I'm only flooding a small area.

Clean up on bottles isn't too bad. I scrape out any leftover icing. Soak. Rinse completely. Then run through the dishwasher.

Now, if you like dogs and cookies...here's one more video (no KopyKake). It's one of my favorites of puppy love with dachshunds!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Cute Chubby Bee Cookie

posted Saturday May 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

I love chubby bees! They are the cutest.

But I couldn't find the perfect cutter to make one. So, I decided the chunky daisy cutter would be the perfect shape (available here in the shop)!

When working with a new design, I like to start with a sketch.

The video of the decorating shows the order I outline and flood each icing area. I do let neighboring sections dry for at least an hour. This video is a time-lapse and does not show the drying time.

I use royal icing to decorate my cookies. Most often I use both pipe and flood consistencies (as described in this royal icing video tutorial). But for the bee head, I used a 20-second icing. It's thicker than a flood consistency and thinner than the pipe. So it has some flow to it, but will still hold it's shape. It's great for creating small icing areas and helps to avoid cracks and craters in those spaces.

This isn't the first time I've made bee cookies. Look at this happy guy!

I made him last year using the princess cutter (upside down).

Both of these bee designs would go great with the beehive cookie cutter available online here!

Or the new honeycomb stencil!

That's all for the bee cookies, but we do have a video of the ladybug and flower coming soon too! Stay tuned!!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate a Watermelon Slice Cookie

posted Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:48 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Watermelon is a must at any picnic, right? And, I personally think watermelon cookies should also be a staple. They are easy to make and so super cute!!

Plus, I finally found a watermelon slice cookie cutter I like. It's a great size at 4 1/2". It's available here in the Flour Box Online Shop!

 

Here is a video on how decorate this cookie!

I actually used 3 consistencies of icing. The pipe and flood royal icing are the same that I show how to make in this royal icing tutorial...click here to watch. But for the white and green sections I use a 20-second icing. This icing is thicker than the flood, but thinner than the pipe. If I pull a spatula through the bowl, the line it creates in the icing will take about 20 seconds to disappear. This icing is great for small areas that might normally crack or crater during drying. It's perfect for the watermelon rind.

Do you like that cute 'have a sweet day' cookie? I used my narrow stripes stencil to create the picnic table cloth gingham pattern. I airbrushed the stripes horizontal and then again vertical. It's so cute and easy. 

This stencil is available here in the shop!

That's all for today! Happy Decorating!

Anne

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