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How to Decorate a Diamond Cookie

posted Monday Feb 05, 2018 at 11:43 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

I love the new Geometric Cutter Set from Sugarbelle! The size and shape of the cutters is perfect!

Check out the video to see how I freehand these diamonds. No projector needed! 

 

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:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: to make the diamond color, I mixed a few dots of sky blue and leaf green. Then made the gray using super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Sometimes the trick to getting consistent cookies when decorating multiple without a projector is using GUIDE DOTS (if you watch my videos, I do this all the time.) Freehand is always faster for me!

I love the silver highlight from the Crystal Color Bright Silver. Just one coat = a beautiful silver finish.

I'm using an ultra fine SILVERWHITE brush #0 to add the accents. The come in three sizes 0, 00, and 00000 (this is the smallest of the crew). Click here to view them in the shop!

You can find the Sugarbelle cutter set here - click here to view in shop.

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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How to Decorate an Electric Guitar Cookie

posted Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at 09:16 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

These are cookies that ROCK! I made them for a birthday party, but they could also be super fun for Valentine's Day...as in "Valentine, you rock!"

This is a design that looks impressive, but with a little patience isn't too tough to accomplish. Check out the video and 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:

 

 

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: sky blue, bright white, buckeye brown, super black, and super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

I like the Ann Clark electric guitar cutter best because it has a wide neck allowing for 6 guitar strings. You can find it in our shop - click here!

The trick to the strings is using a thinner piping icing with a tip #1. I practice a few straight lines before jumping on to the cookie. Takes a little patience and steadiness. This is one of those designs that becomes easier with repetition.

 

In the end, the results are awesome!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

 

 

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How to Decorate a Chocolate Box Cookie

posted Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 at 02:27 PM by Anne Narber — 1 comments

Sometimes I get so excited about a cookie idea that I get butterflies when I'm rolling the dough. Really, I just can't wait for the cookies to be baked.

I already have an idea of what I'm making because I sketch my ideas first. And I knew I wanted to use those new Wilton bow candies. I didn't bother coloring in the sketch, just a rough idea of my plan.

These were SUPER fun to make!!

Check out the video. Use the graphics in the video to get extra tips about decorating this design. 

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:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: Christmas red, deep pink (just a dot to get the pastel pink), ivory (for the white chocolate), buckeye brown (for the milk chocolate), buckeye brown + black (for the dark chocolate), and bright white. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Let's talk about the royal icing transfers. Making those candy pieces ahead of time was a big time saver. 

I slipped a pattern sheet under parchment paper and using a tipless bag, quickly piped the candies. 

I let them dry for 12 hours before peeling them an using them on the cookie.

You can download this chocolate pattern sheet here:

Since those chocolate boxes were a little more time consuming, I made simple, mini accent cookies using the new Sugarbelle Mini Chocolate cutter set.

Easy and cute - my favorite kind of cookies!

We carry several double hearts in our shop, but this large 5" version works the best for this project!

The one detail that takes this cookie to the next level is the cute bow on the box lid. I know I could have piped it myself, but these Wilton bows are so cute and perfect and, well, EASY. We also carry these in our shop - click here to check them out!

I plan to give these cookie sets to the teachers at my daughters' school. (the cookies are in the freezer until Valentine's Day).

I packed ONE chocolate box and 6 minis in a 9" BRP Box Shop white window box. You can find them HERE! Looking for more tips on packing cookies. CLICK HERE Check out this BLOG POST to get all my tricks for wrapping, boxing and shipping cookies!

I can't wait to give these out for Valentine's Day <3 

I hope you enjoyed this closer look at how to make a Chocolate Box cookie!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Heart Flower Pot

posted Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 at 01:59 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day (or any day)! If FRIENDS were FLOWERS I'd pick YOU!

First, let's take a look at the video. Use the graphics in the video 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:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: super red, bright white, leaf green, fleshtone (flower pot), and super black. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

Do this cookie shape look familiar? It's the LilaLoa cake stand - upside down!!

I like to sketch my cookies first. :)

Because the heart and leaves are relatively small icing ares, I used 20-second icing with a PME tip #1.5 (20-second icing is a hybrid, to too thick and flows smooth, but not too thin that it holds shape).

I thought the individual cookie was cute, but then I added in a bunch of mini hearts to make the bouquet look full. 

We now have an entire line of mini cutters. Click here to view them in the shop!

 

More fun valentine's ideas coming this week - hooray!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Koala Cookie

posted Thursday Jan 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

There is an amazing NEW cutter set that just released. It has 17 animal cutters designed by some of the world's best decorators!! And the best part? Both Sweet Elite and Flour Box Bakery are donating 100% of the net profit to Tender Hands Inc., a charity based in India that helps train under-privileged women in the baking industry to find meaningful work and earn a living wage. Learn more about Tender Hands (or donate) - click here!

So here are the amazing cookies that were created from this new cutter set. You can find it in our shop - click here to view and buy!

And here are the cutters...

I designed the Koala Cutter <3 I had so much fun making these cute cookies!!!

Watch the video and learn how to make them! **Note, I use a KopyKake projector to help guide the outlines. You could also use a Pico Projector (it's smaller/compact, brighter and cheaper - but requires a little tech saaviness). Or, if you don't have a projector, you can cute the template out in paper and trace the image with a yellow. This cookie could also be freehand, but I decided to use the projector to make the cookies as consistent from cookie to cookie.

DOWNLOAD THE KOALA SKETCH to use with your projector. 

 

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:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: The koala fur is sky blue PLUS a teeny tiny dot of black. Then I used super black and bright white for the details. The little flower is deep pink (only a tiny dot to keep it pastel). See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

I used the foodoodler ultra thin black marker for the eyelashes.

Check out all the cutter designer's Facebook pages for tips and tutorials on their animal designs:


From left to right, top to bottom (click on business to find them on Facebook!):

Penguin Cookie Cutter - Chapix Cookies

Giraffe Cookie Cutter - LilaLoa

Owl Cookie Cutter - The Cake Cottage

Sloth Cookie Cutter - Butterwinks

Flamingo Cookie Cutter - You Can Call Me Sweetie

Koala Cookie Cutter - ME! Flour Box Bakery

Flying Squirrel Cookie Cutter - Arty McGoo

Goat Cookie Cutter - Jill FCS

Cat/Tiger/Panda Cookie Cutter - Autumn Carpenter Designs

Snail Cookie Cutter - Blyss Cookies

Whale Cookie Cutter - The Cookie Cowgirl

Bear Cookie Cutter - The Bearfoot Baker

Polar Bear Face Cookie Cutter - Sweet Sugarbelle

Donkey Cookie Cutter - My Little Bakery

Hippo Cookie Cutter - The Hungry Hippopatamus

Peacock Cookie Cutter - Tunde's Creations

Elephant Cookie Cutter - Cookie Crazie

I can't wait to see what comes from this set! And, I'm so excited to learn of the good ways this is going to help Tender Hands Inc.!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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