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Decorating with Frosting Sheets - Giveaway

Frosting sheets aren't just for edible images, in my most recent tutorial I used frosting sheets to decorate my birdcage cake.


My frosting sheets were supplied by Flour Confections, Lisa was kind enough to send some extras for a giveaway!
I have 3 sample packs (5 frosting sheets in each) for this giveaway.
To enter this giveaway head over to Flour Confections Facebook page & like them, next share my birdcage cake YouTube video 
Be sure to come back over here and let me know you did this in the comments below, one entry per person.
The contest ends January 30th, 3 winners will be announced the next day. Winners will be selected using www.Random.org. *** Open to residents of North America only.
Thanks so much for participating, Marlyn





Birdcage cake & cookie decorating tutorials

Today's post is something I had been thinking about for a while, with 2013 here what better time to start something new.
 I am going to attempt to share with you the techniques I use to decorate cakes, for those who are accustomed to my cookie tutorials no worries there is one here for you as well.
I broke down the tutorials into four parts all of which are accessible from this post or via the Birdcage introduction video on YouTube.
Step 1 Video - A complete video tutorial on how to create all the decoration needed to decorate this cake. The point of this is to complete the decorations in advance to facilitate the final assembly.

- Frosting sheets generously supplied by Flour Confections, they are used to create the metal parts of the cage, the sheets are airbrushed black then dusted with silver airbrush to add a more metallic look to them. You will need 2 frosting sheets in the making of this cake design, I cut the frosting sheet into 12 pieces that were the full length of the pag…

Mini Valentine Love Shack - 3D cookie project

Welcome to day 2 of Haniela's and my Valentine projects, once you are done here be sure to head over to her blog and see what she has for you. She created adorable Decorated Hershey Kiss Cookies.

The idea for these project  was to make treats made of Cookies & Candy, here is today's tutorial.
Over the holidays I got a surprise in the mail from Connie, this clever cookie cutter can be found here:


This cutter is in Good Cooks Christmas collection, it certainly could be used for other events such as Valentines day. Here is a little video showing you how I created a mini love shack.

I used a 3.5" round cookie to create a base for the house.

Here is the round up for the projects: Haniela's Valentine's Day S'mores Cookie Sticks
Haniela's Decorated Hershey Kiss Cookies
and my Glass cookie heart 




Cookies & Candy Valentine's projects

So excited to announce that I'll be collaborating on some Valentine projects with my friend Haniela. Her blog is filled with beautiful photos and recipes that will make your mouth water. Once you are done here be sure to head over to her blog and see what she has created for you.
The idea for the project  was to create a set of treats made of Cookies & Candy, here is my tutorial. Today's project is a stunning cookie gift box, decorated with isomalt sugar creating the see through top.

You will find the complete video tutorial here.

I highly recommend you watch Cake Play's YouTube video on their product to achieve the best results as well as for your safety. Melted sugar is extremely hot and should be handled with care.

Supplies for this project:

2 heart shaped cookie cutters, one of them should be about 1" smaller than the other
You will need a total of 3 large cookies per box (2 with a cutout)

Clear isomalt sugar
Gold luster dust
Royal Icing
Gold food gel
Red candy hearts (o…

My chocolate sugar cookie recipe

This is my favourite alternate cookie recipe , the amount of cookies you yield with a batch depends on how thick you roll your dough as well as the size & shape of your cutter.
IngredientsI use a handheld electric mixer (Kitchenaid brand, I've tried others but I burn out the motors)1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature2 cups sugar2 cups of light brown sugar 4 large eggs1 tbs vanilla1/2 tsp saltI mix everything together all at once
Next I add the flour, cocoa powder &  baking powder it is important to note that all butter & eggs are not exactly the same therefore the amount of moisture in your batter will vary. I suggest that you only add 5 cups of the flour once mixed you will be able to determine if you need to add the last cup or maybe just half (or none).
6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling the cookies2 cups of cocoa powder (my preferred brand)1 teaspoon baking powder ** For those who might not know, this is the ingredient that makes your desserts rise…

My sugar cookie recipe

Here is the cookie recipe I use, the amount of cookies you yield with a batch depends on how thick you roll your dough as well as the size & shape of your cutter.
IngredientsI use a handheld electric mixer (Kitchenaid brand, I've tried others but I burn out the motors)1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature4 cups sugar4 large eggs2 tbs vanilla I mix everything together all at once
Next I add the flour (& baking powder) it is important to note that all butter & eggs are not exactly the same therefore the amount of moisture in your batter will vary. I suggest that you only add 7 cups of the flour once mixed you will be able to determine if you need to add the last cup or maybe just half (or none).
8 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling the cookies1 teaspoon baking powder ** For those who might not know, this is the ingredient that makes your desserts rise so the more you add the more your cookies will rise and/or warp. 
Here is the link to my video you can see ho…

Bee creative by stamping on your cookies

Cookie decorating can be pretty time consuming, not a luxury we always have. Should you ever be short on time and want a fast decorating option here is an easy way to make super cute cookies.
These bee themed cookies are nice but not the point of this video, it's all about the stamping


Not into bees not a problem just visit your favorite craft store and check out the stamp aisles for inspiration, I'm sure you'll find one that you can't resist. Please not that I found the clear stamps did not work well using the technique shown in my video.

And now here is the video

Link to the edible markers: www.foodoodler.com