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Metamorphosis of a Cookie (Butterfly cookie time-lapse video)

posted Tuesday Apr 21, 2015 at 08:45 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

Last summer our family discovered several monarch caterpillars in our yard. For the next 10 days the four of us were totally captivated by the caterpillars transformation into a butterfly!

The transformation of a cookie is just as fascinating. It's fun to remember that decorated cookies were once just butter, sugar, flour and eggs and the transformation to a beautiful cookie is amazing.

Would like to see a video on the creation of this butterfly cookie? I love how the airbrush adds a burst of color to the shading on the wings!

One of the benefits of using royal icing is that is dries smooth (and hard like candy). This property allows beautiful dimension to be created. Take a look at the butterfly cookies from this perspective. The section on the wings are created merely by allowing the top section to dry completely before flooding the bottom section. It's a simple cookie decorating concept with magnificent results!

Here is the same design in a pink color. The pink airbrush on the edge of the wing adds the drama!

These butterfly cookie cutter shapes are both available in the online shop...

This one is taller and narrower...

And this one is wider and slightly shorter.

I love both styles!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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Cookie School SPORTS Theme

posted Monday Apr 13, 2015 at 08:19 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

Cookie School is sponsored by: Ribbon by Design, The Cookie Countess, and Dough EZ! The 2015 Cookie School classes are currently FULL. But, If you'd like to be added to the waitlist to get class announcements, please contact us here to get future class updates ... http://www.flourboxbakery.com/pages/contact

This past weekend I hosted a sports themed decorating class. Eight students joined me to make the following cookie projects. 

I really enjoyed this group! We had several students from PA, DE, NY and OH!! 

Since it was a sports theme, I decided to be a coach rather than a decorating instructor. To warm up for the class projects, we had a few fun competitions.

Ribbon by Design donated a beautiful spool of Mother's Day ribbon. Students had to build 4 boxes and tie 4 bows to win. 

Next, Dough EZ donated one of their amazing dough rolling mat systems to the winner that could finish the piping worksheet first! (By the way, Dough EZ is offering $10 off right now if you use the coupon code 'flourbox'. Follow this link https://shop-dough-ez-com.3dcartstores.com/?AffId=4 to order today!)

 

There were some speedy decorators in this class!

After we were warmed up...it was time to get to work. 

We created a royal icing stencil project. 

We also discussed icing dimension and layers with this football character cookie.

Each student practiced airbrush shading with this basketball project.

And we working on this amazing football design, discussing icing areas and tip sizes.

We discussed an easy way to make wood grain on a cookie.

The students were great sports! 

One new aspect to the class was an upgraded, full-color project handout. 

I'm so excited to have this amazing template to start using for downloadable tutorials too. Stay tuned for updates on more cookie tutorials!

Cookie School is sponsored by: Ribbon by Design, The Cookie Countess, and Dough EZ! The 2015 Cookie School classes are currently FULL. But, If you'd like to be added to the waitlist to get class announcements, please contact us here to get future class updates ... http://www.flourboxbakery.com/pages/contact

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Introducing Super Gaby!

posted Sunday Apr 12, 2015 at 09:02 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

One girl is so special and so brave that she deserved to be transformed into a superhero cookie! Introducing Super Gaby!

Would you like to see how she was decorated? Check out this super cool video...

For the decorating, I used royal icing in a piping and flooding consistency - a tutorial video on how to make the icing is available in the online shop here.

I used PME tip #2 for the outlines and details!

The superhero cookie cutter was perfect for making Super Gaby. It is also available in my online shop here.

This is another version that I did with a boy theme...

One of the accent cookies in this set is made using my favorite plaque cutter and the big swirl stencil. 

This is the cutter. Isn't it so cool?

 

This is the stencil. I also use it to create rays of sun!

We now carry more than 30 stencil designs. you can check them all out here in the online shop!

I hope you enjoyed the making of Super Gaby!

Anne

 

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The Lamb, The Chick and The Bunny Cupcake Cookie Videos!

posted Thursday Apr 02, 2015 at 09:34 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Have you noticed I have a favorite cutter? I do. We have a good thing going too! It's my cupcake cookie cutter! It just comes in handy for any occasion. Check out these cute Easter cupcake cookies...sheep, chick and bunny cupcakes. Does it get any cuter that this?? :)

Would you like to see the videos? THREE videos.  

Lamb Cupcake Video

 

Chick Cupcake Video

 

Bunny Cupcake Video

This cookie cutter is available here in our online shop.

The rosy cheeks are made with the flamingo pink dust. It's also available in the shop here!

Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Easter!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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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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