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Playing with My New Toys

whitecupcakesSo my dear friend Annie invited us over to hang out with her family that was visiting from Iowa. Of course I did not want to go over empty handed, so I decided to bring something sweet. I had been dying to use the new decorating tools my mom had sent me and thought why not make cupcakes. Not knowing what kind of cake her family would like, I thought that white cake would be a safe bet. Once the cupcakes had cooled the really fun part began.

 

bagholderThe Wilton ties worked out better than I had expected and the stand was very useful as well. By the looks of the plastic ties, I thought would have to put up with them breaking easily and have to revert back to twisting it by hand the old-fashioned way. Surprisingly they were pretty strong and easy to move down the bag as I worked. The stand helped me keep my work area neat and orderly. Before this, I was dealing with a cluttered work space with bags of frosting everywhere.

 

cupcakecloseupThe finished products were beautiful! I practiced some of the techniques I had learned in my Wilton decorating class, along with things I have seen online and anything else my little heart desired. One of the techniques I really enjoy is striping the bag, which is done very easily. All you have to do is put one color of frosting in one side of the bag and a different color on the other side and tada… you get a beautiful tye-dye effect. This technique also helps to create some beautiful dual colored flowers. Some of the cupcakes were decorated with flowers and leaves. Others were decorated with tye-dye swirls, which happen to be a favorite of mine. I’m pretty proud of my cute little cupcakes!

 

cupcakesThe Wilton tip caps mom gave really came in handy. Since I didn’t use all of my butter cream, I was able to cap my decorating bags and save the rest of the frosting for later. And what’s even greater, is that all of the butter cream was still soft and fresh the next day. Anyone serious about decorating may want to consider these Wilton items.

 

 

 

Sugar Cookie Obsession

If you put a variety of cookies in front of me, which would I choose? Super easy… in a heartbeat, I would choose a frosted sugar cookie.

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From a very young age, I’ve been fascinated with frosted sugar cookies. I remember my little sister and I helping mom cut out the cookies and decorate them with homemade frosting and colored sugars. Each of us would have a lid to some kind of cake pan or a plate to “help” control our sugar messes. We did this as a family for most holidays. My most vivid memories are of Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. (I tried to dig up some pictures of those days, but did not have any luck. Maybe my mom and sissy do….if so, let me know!)

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firetrucksBaking and decorating interested me so much that during my senior year of high school, I got a job at Cookies Etc. in the mall. Thanks to to them, I learned how to decorate cookies using piping bags and different kinds of metal tips. It really opened up a whole new world for me. I could not get enough of cookie decorating.

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This may sound geeky but for the Christmas of ’99, my family gave me decorating bags, tips, and a caddy to hold all of my decorating tools. I couldn’t have been happier!  After this I went on a cookie baking frenzy, making the cookie dough, cutting out fun shapes, frosting, and decorating sugar cookies for every holiday. I still use the same recipe that we first used with mom.

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Throughout the years, I have been working on my piping and decorating skills.  Baking is not a full time job for me (yet-fingers crossed), but I love learning, so the plan is to take some classes to learn different tecniques, when time allows.  Most recently, I took a Wilton decorating class to help me brush up on my decorating and to learn some new fun things.  At the beginning of this class I felt like the GT student, my patience was tested, but I loved it and am still practing my flowers.    carriages

Being able to be creative in the kitchen, is an amazing feeling. Whether it is choosing which cookie cutter to use (which I have a pretty nice collection of) or which tip to use, I’m always practicing and refining my skills. Not to toot my own horn, but…. I do have some pretty delicious and beautiful sugar cookies.

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Me at work.