Pink Guitars!

A friend of mine was going to make some cupcakes to take to school for her daughter's birthday (yes, they still allow that at her school!), and she asked me if it would be too much trouble to make some guitar toppers to go on the cupcakes. She sent me a super simple example from Etsy, and I though, no problem, piece of cake!  I poked around for a guitar cookie cutter to use, and found a totally rocking guitar mold on Amazon. I asked if it would be okay to do them as chocolates instead of fondant.... then I actually got the mold and it was HUGE!  The mold itself was very inexpensive, and usually that is an indication of size (which was not included in the description), but instead of being the 2-4 inches I was expecting, they were actually closer to 8! Well that was not going to fit on a cupcake.  Time for plan B, or is it back to plan A? Anyway, with only a couple of days left i needed a different solution.

I know that many cookie artists will print out an image on heavy paper and hand cut each cookie with a knife. I could do that, but really I do not like to to that, I am too lazy, um easily distracted, to sit and hand cut 20 little guitars. However, I remembered reading that you can make your own cookie cutters using aluminum flashing. I had a brand new roll of flashing in my garage (which is not chemically treated, so okay for food), and I love trying new things!

So I cut off a piece with some tin snips (I keep a pair in my cake supplies for cutting dowels):

Be really careful because the edges are super sharp! Using gloves would be an excellent idea.

After I cut off a piece the size I needed (or thought I needed), I bent over the edge that I just cut using a pair of pliers (so there would not be any sharp edges other than the cutting edge): 

Then, using a piece of clip art as a guide, I used the needle nose pliers to bend the piece into the shape I wanted:

Unfortunately I did not cut my piece long enough, so be sure you give yourself lots of extra, you can always cut the extra off at the end, but I was able to get the body and the neck of the guitar formed, which is the hardest part.

I decided that I would just try using it as is and cutting out the rest by hand. That went really fast and I was able to finish cutting out all the guitars in just a few minutes while I was on the phone with my mom (Hi Mom!). 

After cutting them all out, I used some royal icing to pipe all the details with a tip #1. In the end, my guitars looked nothing like the ones on Etsy, but I have a hard time copying what someone else has done and I like to put my own spin on it. But, in my opinion, the came out super cute.

If you would like more information on how to make your own cookie cutters, check out this tutorial on Cake Central.

Happy Birthday Felicity!!


Joanna said...

You are awesome and I couldn't wait til tomorrow to show them to her...she loves them :)

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