I always jump at the chance to bake cakes and cupcakes. Most of my orders are for my decorative cookies. I love making cookies, but I love cakes and cupcakes, just as much. Heck, I love it all!!
A couple of years ago, these new piping tips for flowers came out. They're called Russian tips. I'm assuming this craze started in Russia, hence, the name, Russian tips. They make piping flowers incredibly easy OR so they said. I'm a skeptic, because usually when you see people demonstrating products and you try to duplicate it, it's not as easy as they make it seem. Then, you end up feeling crummy because you've spent your hard-earned money on junk and stuff gets thrown in a bin, never to see the light of day again. When these tips first came out, they were hella expensive. Over time, the price has dropped to an affordable amount. I've been eying them since day one. I bought this set on Amazon for $8.99, free shipping--thank you Amazon Prime.
I baked a cake for Easter and was so excited to use these tips. I watched a couple of You Tube videos on how to use them. I chose to use the rose tip, which is the tip in the lower left hand corner of this picture. After a bit of a learning curve, I was jumping for joy over how the flowers were coming out. I had a couple of goofs, but you just scoop the icing off and try again or just plop a flower right on top of the goof. Here's the beautiful cake with matching cupcakes. I think I'll be getting a few orders for these soon. Mother's day is coming............ Happy Baking, until next time. Thank you!!!!
So many of my cookie decorating friends are raving about these mini cookies. To me, it looked like a LOT of work and I stayed away from them like the plaque. It's takes a long time to decorate a regular-sized cookie, so why would I want to hassle with a bunch of minis?? Well, I've changed my mind and here's why----What I thought was going to be a lot of work, turned out not to be so true. Yes, I had to roll out the dough and cut a million (well, not quite that many) shapes. The beauty of these little darlings is you can easily dip them into the royal icing and BOOM they're frosted. I still had to had pipe the details, but it really wasn't as bad as I thought. Also, I used a swirl, dipping technique, that you see on the little eggs that was so much fun. I'll blog about that another time. Super easy and the designs and colors are endless. My cutters came from this package from Wilton. It was on sale at Joann's Fabrics. It'll be on super duper sale, after this weekend, I'm sure. Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these. So many great cutters in there. Well, that's all for today. I wish each and every one of you a HAPPY EASTER!!
I make mistakes, just like anybody else. With my baking orders, I try really hard not to. My baking partner and I learned a good lesson last week. Never take an order through a text message. The customer first asked for starfish cookies, in these colors. Then, the next day, she said the bride and groom had changed their minds and they wanted hearts instead. These message were all done through text messages. Well, needless to say, that text was not seen until the starfish cookies were all decorated, packed and ready to go out the door. My baking partner called the customer in a panic. This would have been a disaster, had the customer (who was a friend of hers) not been so gracious and easy going. She was thrilled at the outcome and sent us this beautiful picture. She said the starfish were perfect after all. Whew!!!! That was such a relief. Until the next order....... thanks for checking out my blog. :)
Mary Liz, baker of all things good.