Fall Cookies!

I love fall! I love the coolness in the air, the leaves falling off the tree (as long as I don't have to rake them!), and it is finally cooling down enough that I can bake more without heating up my whole house! Now, I can add that I am now in love with fondant covered cookies!! I don't know why I never tried decorating cookies with fondant before now, but I think I will be doing this a lot more in the future. It is so easy, especially if you are already using a cookie cutter to make shaped cookies.  Just use the same cookie cutter to cut the fondant shape, paint a little piping gel on the cookie, and stick the fondant to the cookie!  If you are doing drop cookies, you can find a round cookie or biscuit cutter the right shape for your cookie and use that to cut out the fondant.

Of course, some cookies I decorated using all buttercream, but they took longer, and others I did half in fondant and half buttercream. Personally, I thought the cookies that had both buttercream and fondant turned out the best and were the easiest to do. What do you think? Give it a try and see for yourself!

Happy Decorating!


This little cake was done for a couple of new friends who actually got engaged last year.  We got together today and I wanted to have a little something for them as a sneak peek at their wedding cake and a congratulations on your engagement.  I should have had more time to do this cake, but thanks to homeschooling, karate, cub scouts and my job, I ended up with about 20 minutes to come up with a design and get it on the cake. Nothing like working under pressure!  I am pretty happy with the outcome, but of course I would  have loved to do more! 

Congratulations to Michael and Marie on their engagement! I can't wait to do your wedding cake (I promise to schedule more time for that cake =o)!

Butterfly Birthday Bash!

My sweet girl turned 2 this month! I had a hard time deciding on a cake for her this year because she doesn't really have any favorite things, or at least no one favorite thing.  She loves animals, books, Dora, Blue, Curious George, Clifford, cats, and most recently butterflies.  So I decided to go with the butterflies because I have wanted to do more painting on my cakes and butterflies are something I wanted to try, and because they are her most recent "love" so it represents her right at this moment.

I also saw a new technique for frosting a butter-cream cake and I really wanted to give it a go because the effect looks so neat! What do you think? It was really easy to do and I think this is one of my most favorite butter-cream techniques so far! Add the right finishing touches and it makes a really stunning wedding cake too.

The butterflies are all gumpaste; I airbrushed the color and hand painted the black on the wings. That part took me longer than I thought, but I was really happy with the way they turned out.

Happy birthday princess, mommy loves you!

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