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Flour Box Bakery Ice Cream Sundae and Mermaid Cookie Tutorials

posted Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 at 03:11 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

I'm beyond excited to announce a collaboration with Ann Clark to design cookie cutters! My first cutter is super fun for summer ... an Ice Cream Sundae OR Mermaid. You can check it out in our online shop - click here!

See the videos below to watch how to create these pretty designs and print or save the free downloadable templates to go with the cutter! You'll have to SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM to get the download!

First up, the Ice Cream Sundae Dish. I loved creating this special set of cookies for my mom's birthday (see more videos and photos from this set below). Use the graphics in the video to learn what tip sizes 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:

Here's a photo of the full set...

Check out that Ice Cream Truck using the School Bus cutter. I really didn't expect that one to be so cute...wishing I would have made a video of that too!

I really 'sprinkled' my ice cream cone cookie. This is how I like my real cones! And a little blast of airbrush to give the cone a little interest! I used this larger ice cream cone cookie cutter to create this design. 

The Happy Birthday Sprinkle Plaque cookies were done in an assembly line. I made a video showing how this cookie is made. Check it out!

I started with the lightest color and worked my way to dark. Then, I quickly stenciled the Happy Birthday using the Happy Birthday Script Stencil.

Check out these stencils HERE!

But, the BEST PART about this new cutter is that it can also be transformed into an adorable Mermaid Cookie! The top of the cookie is super perfect for BIG mermaid hair! <3

In this video, I explore a little with different tip shapes. Check it out!

Now that you've seen how to create both designs, click here or on the photo below to use this download as a template or as a guide in a projector

I hope you enjoyed this closer look at my new cutter! I can't wait to release more! Stay tuned!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

 

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New Chefmaster Colors

posted Tuesday Jul 11, 2017 at 06:58 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

We are so excited to be launching a NEW line of color in the shop - Chefmaster! CLICK HERE to check out all the color options!

Chefmaster is recognized by baking professionals as a premier color choice. The Chefmaster liqua-gels are VIBRANT high concentrated colors that will not break down icing. They are fade and bleed resistant. They are also gluten free.

We are excited to be carrying them in TWO sizes: the .70 oz dropper top bottle size, and the 2.3 oz twist/dropper top bottle size. Both sizes offer a large color selection.

There are several KIT options too. In the .70 oz size there is an 8-color kit option.

There is a 12-color kit option.

And there is a NEON kit with 6 colors!!

We also have a 12-color kit option in the 2.3 oz size.

Chefmaster also has a large airbrush color selection. We carry them in two sizes. The smaller .67 oz size is available individually and features standard, neon, and metallic colors. See the full selection - click here!

The larger 2 oz size is available in a kit. 

As we continue to use these colors in tutorials, we will list and link to the colors used! Please get in touch and email anne@flourboxbakery.com if you have any specific questions about colors!

Happy Decorating!

Anne 

 

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How to Decorate Soccer Cookies

posted Tuesday Jun 27, 2017 at 08:46 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Our family spent the spring on the soccer field! And, our team enjoyed a winning season for the first time! To celebrate, I made some team cookies for the soccer banquet.

I always enjoy creating cookie 'characters', like this soccer player. My designs usually start with a sketch. This was my player cookie (that I created to look like my daughter). I traced the Sugarbelle girl cookie cutter (from the Shape Shifters Set) and color in the details.

Watch and learn how to use team colors to create a personalized cookie with lots of personality!

I used the Sugarbelle girl cutter from the Shape Shifters Set. Did you notice the tipless bags in the video? I used them when I was flooding. No tips = easy clean-up! 

I have been using them since March and find they are great for easy clean up! You can check them out online - click here!  I still like the squeeze bottles for the big jobs (especially these new Sugarbelle wide-mouth bottles), but for small quick orders, the tipless bags are great!

Looking for an easy soccer cookie favor! Check out this video on creating a soccer LOVE cookie.

Here's another version in green ...

This project features the soccer stencil available in our shop - click here!

I used the small soccer ball (from the stencil) on the L-O-V-E cookie and the large version on the ball with grass ... check it out!

Coming up in July, some super fun SUMMER cookie videos! Can't wait!!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

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How to Use Wilton Icing Tip #13

posted Thursday Jun 22, 2017 at 06:43 AM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

On last week's blog post, we explored some fun uses for Wilton Tip #44. This week we are going to take a closer look at all the fun things Wilton Tip #13 can do.  Check out the close up photos and videos below to see this tip in action!! You can view this tip in our shop - click here!

Tip #13 is a rock star. It is the smallest of the star tips available from Wilton. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.

From left to right, top to bottom, I used tip #44 in the following ways:

1. This tip is perfect for a shell border decoration on a birthday cake. I have used it on birthday cakes and cake slices! No video for this one, but here are a few more examples of this shell border. Doesn't that texture look so yummy?

 

2. The scarf on this Chilly Penguin Cookie uses tip #13. This is such a QUICK way to pipe the scarf and is such a time saver. Plus, keeping the icing a little stiffer with tip #13  adds such a nice texture to this detail. Watch the video to see it in action:

 

3. This tip is great for creating ruffles, like on this party hat and clown cookie. The party hat cookie is part of my online class Celebrate with Cookies. You can check out this in-depth online class - CLICK HERE TO SAVE 50%. 

 

4. This adorable Mermaid Cookie features tip #13 for her little seashells. It's quick and cute! Check it out!

 

5. The star tip #13 is also great for creating tight little rosette accents, like on this ballerina tutu cookie. 

 

6. Not only can Tip #13 make cute roses, but it can also make a cute bow too! 

 

7. Look how tip #13 creates this Ice Cream scoop 'fluff'!

 

8. The tassel on the Grad Cap. Does that cookie shape look familiar? It's the cupcake - see it here!

 

9. I have also used a star tip for hair. Like on this Unicorn Cake Cookie. (also works for horses too!)

 

10. Use tip #13 for Rainbow Detail and Hair and Eyebrows, too!

11. Ribbons!!! This tip makes the quickest cutest ribbons, like on this wreath cookie design!

12. Dress swags, like on this Princess Gown Cookie. Notice those cute little rosetters...yep, also star tip #13!! <3

I hope you enjoyed this closer look on how to use Wilton's tip #13!

Stay tuned for more fun 'Icing tips' coming this summer!

Are you interested in checking out our entire tip selection? Click here to view all tips! 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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How to Use Wilton Icing Tip #44

posted Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 at 09:09 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

One of my favorite 'specialty' tips is Wilton's tip #44. It's a wide and flat tip that is traditionally used in cake decorating for basketweave. But I love this flat tip for so many applications on cookies. It saves me time piping a quick detail verses trying to pipe and flood such small areas. Check out the videos below to see this tip in action!! You can view this tip in our shop - click here!

From left to right, top to bottom, I used tip #44 in the following ways:

 

1. Wide Basket Detail on Apple Basket (this video also features the cupcake cookie cutter)

 

2. Ballet shoe straps (this video also features the heart and flip flop cookie cutters)

 

3. Ribbon base on Wedding Cake Cookie- this is a cookie design that is featured in my online Craftsy class, Celebrate with Cookies. You can register for that class by clicking here.

 

4. Wide ribbons on Gift Box Cookie- this is a cookie that is also featured in my online Craftsy class, Celebrate with Cookies. You can register for that class by clicking here. I also did a short video of this cookie on the Flour Box Instagram page. Check it out! 


 

 

5. Webbing on Baseball Glove Cookie

 

6. Belt on Dress Cookie

 

7. Ribbons on Tall Gift Box (cutter from the LilaLoa cutter set). I don't have a video of this, but is it similar to the other gift box...I just looped the ribbons at the top.

 

8. Football laces. I use tip #44 for ALL my football laces, then cross over top with tip #2. I love this look. No video yet, but this is on my fall to-do list.

   

   

 

9. Goggle band on Minion cupcakes (using the cupcake cookie cutter)

 

10. Wide Purse Strap - this is a cookie that is featured in my online Craftsy class, Smart Cookies. You can register for that class by clicking here.

 

11. Wide wooden detail on Treasure Chest (using the cake cutter from the Sugarbelle Shape Shifters Set)

 

12. Yellow detail on Tractor Cookie


 

I hope you enjoyed this closer look on how to use Wilton's tip #44!

Stay tuned for more fun 'Icing tips' coming this summer!

Are you interested in checking out our entire tip selection? Click here to view all tips! 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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