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Ebook: How to Host a Cookie Decorating Class

posted Friday Aug 03, 2018 at 09:51 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

NEW Ebook: How to Host a Cookie Decorating Class



How to Host a Cookie Decorating Class is a 71 page, full-color ebook written by Anne Yorks of Flour Box Bakery.  If you're passionate about cookie decorating, then you may be ready to take the leap into hosting cookie classes. This ebook is a comprehensive resource that will help you select a location, market your class, handle registration and cancellations, communicate with students, set pricing, plan curriculum, prep for class, and prepare for the unexpected. Plus, the resources section of the book includes sample handouts, class emails, sample class outline, and a prep list!

Check out the video overview of the book!



Sections 1-3: Location, Marketing & Registration

In the first three sections, get tips on selecting the right location for your class. Get my tips for free marketing ideas. And, handle class registration like a pro!

 

Sections 4-6: Communication, Pricing, & Frills

Communication with Students is important to the class experience. Check out sample emails for students. Plus, set your pricing to make your class profitable. And don't for the goodie bag! I'll share my favorite ways to spoil my students and create an unforgettable class experience!

Sections 7-9: Curriculum, Prep, and the Unexpected

Plan for success when it comes to class themes and content. Review a sample class outline and handout. Plus, learn how I set up my workspace and prep for class. Finally, learn from my experience and be prepared for the unexpected and working with different student personalities!

Resources: Sample Emails, Handouts, and Outline

In the Resources Section, I share sample emails, a class outline, sample handouts, my class prep list, and a class planning worksheet!! These resources will set you up for success so you can start teaching your class with confidence!

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY TODAY!

Happy Teaching!

Anne

 

 

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How to Decorate Galaxy Cookies

posted Monday Jul 30, 2018 at 06:47 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

In the summer, our family loves to stargaze. There is nothing more magical than a sky full of stars. And it is the perfect inspiration for these galaxy cookies.

 

I have wanted to explore pouring icing for some time, and this was the perfect project for this technique. I'm using the new hexagon cookie (available in our shop - click here)

This cutter is so cool how the cookies fit together! 

Here are the chefmaster icing colors I used for the project (in tipless bags): Coal Black, Violet, Fuchsia, Royal Blue (dark and pastel shade), Sky Blue, and Bright White.You can check out these food gels here. I put the icing into tipless bags because it was super quick and easy to squeeze the icing in the small measuring cup before pouring the icing.

Watch the video tutorial and then check out a breakdown of each step below.

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

Now let's break down the steps of this cookie - 

1. The first thing I did was fill a small measuring cup (shot glass size) with icing. I layered the icing from dark to light, adding about 3/4 tablespoon of black. The rest of the colors are the accent colors and I added a small squeeze. I found about 2 tablespoons of icing (total) was a good amount. 

2. Then I gave the icing a gentle swirl with my thingmagenie tool.

3. I outlined the cookie (this keeps the icing from overflowing and creates a nice clean edge)

4. Now I'm ready to pour. Generally I started in the middle, and worked my way around in the circle. You'll have a little leftover icing in the shotglass, but that is good. It is better to have a little extra than not enough for the pour. Once the icing is poured, I tap and swirl it into place with my scribe tool.

I made 1 1/2 dozen of these cookies and found that I didn't need to clean the shot glass after each cookie, in fact, the leftover icing added to the swirl effect.

5. Tap the icing into place! This is the fun part. It's pretty quick too. Because the icing is in layers, the colors really come to life when you scribe the icing to the edge of the cookie.I swirled and wiggled. There is no wrong way to do this.

 

6. While the base is still wet, I add the white dots (wet-on-wet technique). The white icing is a flood consistency, so it melts into the base. I used a tip on this bag to have a little more control over the size of the icing dot, but you can also do it tipless. 

 

 

7. Then using the point of the tool, I scribed a few of the dots into a star shape.

 

7. Finally, I add edible jewel dust to add shine to the cookie. I am using the white jewel dust and it adds such a nice glimmer to the surface of the cookie. I used a dust pump to evenly apply the dust.

 

8. I allow the cookie to dry for an hour or two in front of a fan. Then I can pipe the details. I added lines to create the constellation.

9. And I piped the name of the Zodiac sign. I used a PME tip #1.5 for the lines and text. 

The really neat thing about this pouring technique is that each cookie has it's own unique swirl. I loved all the variations!

I have another really fun NEW technique coming next week. So check back on the blog soon for more cookie fun!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

 

 

 

 

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Sugarbelle Shape Shifters 2 Cookie Tutorials

posted Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 at 09:33 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Sugarbelle has released her 2nd Shape Shifters Cutter Set and it is even more AMAZING than the first!! I'll be having lots of fun with this set this summer, so bookmark this blog post, because I'm going to continue to add video tutorials of the SS2 cutters! (All of the icing colors featured in the videos below are from Sugarbelle, too. You can get the bundle of 10 colors - click here)

Drum roll please, here are the TWENTY new cutters featured in this set! You can pick up this set in our online shop - click here!

The first video I want to share is the Baby Girl Dress. This is soooo cute! And, if you want, it also makes a cute Hippo Cookie! Watch the video and learn to to make this dress with a cute drop flower accent (using Tip #224 or Tip #225).

This pretty baby girl dress is perfect for a baby shower, dedication or baptism!


These videos are coming soon....

The strawberry cookie

It can be shifted into a rosebud!

I love how these cutters can create many designs! This same cutter can also be a queen and a fish (sideways)

Next up is the swirly cupcake and Uncle Sam!

This swirly cupcake is perfect for any celebration!

And if you flip it upside down, it's Uncle Sam!

 

I will also have the unicorn and cotton candy coming very soon. Those are soooo fun!

 

 

 

So grab this set and let your imagination run wild! Click here or on the photo believe to view in shop. 

And if you want to use the same Sugarbelle colors, you can pick up the 10-color bundle - click here!

Keep checking back as we add MORE videos and inspiration on how to use the Sugarbelle Shape Shifters Set TWO!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

 

 

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How to Decorate Graduation Cookies

posted Tuesday May 01, 2018 at 09:50 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Over the years, I have created many grad cookie sets. It's such a popular cookie event. And this year, I finally to the time to create a video tutorial to show how to make the 3 most popular requests: the diploma, grad cap, and gown.

Check out the video to see how these quickly come together!

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

I used the Chefmaster liqua-gel colors to make this set. You'll probably want to customize your school colors, but here's a list of what I used: navy blue, white, golden yellow (tassle), and black. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

These cookies are not highly detailed, making them great for a beginner. The flat basketweave tips make these cookies super quick. The narrow flat tip is Wilton #301.

The wide tip used on the diploma ribbon is Wilton #44.

I love #44 and use it all the time! Can you spot where I used it in all these projects? Check out the full blog post about tip #44 - CLICK HERE

 

Looking for more graduation inspiration...check out the tutorials page for more school and graduation cookie designs - CLICK HERE!

You can find a ton of school and grad cutter options in our shop.

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Cool Cactus

posted Monday Apr 16, 2018 at 06:48 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Last month, I took a trip to Phoenix, Arizona to visit my college roommate. We toured around the city for a few days and took a day trip to Sedona. I love Arizona! The food was amazing. The weather was gorgeous. And the cacti, they were the cutest!!! I had a blast! To say thank you for my amazing stay, I made these Cool Cactus cookies to send to my friend!

Check out the video tutorial! Use the graphics to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing. 

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

I used the Chefmaster liqua-gel colors to make this set. Here's a list:

- Neon bright green + leaf green to make the base green icing. 
- Leaf green for the squiggly cactus accents.
- A drop of deep pink to make the pink flower.
- And then many drops to make the bright pink sunglasses frame.
- Super black and bright white for the final details

See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Sooooo, did you notice that adorable pink flower in the video? 

Use tip #129 to create quick and easy drop flowers! Cute flowers shouldn't take more than a second to make! No flower nails or parchment squares for this cutie!

I used royal icing transfers to make the sunglasses. It's just easier than freehanding. I know the hearts will be the same size each time. And I don't typically get cracks or craters in royal icing transfers. Plus, I can save the extras if I want to make a cool cactus in the future. 

First I planned out the size of the hearts. 

 

Then I copied the hearts a bunch of times so I could make a bunch of cookies. I used a tipless bag to outline and flood the hearts.

Download this heart royal icing pattern sheet to make the sunglasses!

I added the sparkle and shine with the Bright Silver Crystal Color + White Jewel Dust!

 

This Sugarbelle cutter is my favorite cactus shape. I also used it to make a Christmas Cactus (click here to see the tutorial).

I hope you enjoyed this closer look at the cactus cookie! 

 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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