About a month ago, a friend of mine asked me to make some cookies for her daughter’s baptism. I was beyond flattered and incredibly nervous as this was my first ever “customer”! She wanted crosses and gave me creative license with a colour scheme of white with pink accents.
One lesson I quickly learned was that some cutters are not as common as you’d think. I didn’t have a cross cutter but was certain I’d seen them in a number of stores and yet when I went out to buy one, not a single store had them. Evidently they’re considered a seasonal cutter and available mostly around Easter*. Luckily, my wonderful husband was able to build me a custom cross cutter. I love that man.
(*Of course a few weeks later, closer to Christmas, I found a cross cutter at Target…because isn’t that just how things go sometimes!)
I looked up some inspiration and decided to try my hand at some new techniques I’d been eyeing: lace, quilting, wet on wet roses and some royal icing rose transfers. I’m happy to report that all worked out fairly well. I wasn’t 100% happy with my quilted pattern so I’ll have to practice that one. I was nervous about piping the lace too but it turned out to be easier than I expected and surprisingly incredibly relaxing! I got lost in the pattern and time just flew by.
Here are some pictures of the final product:
I really enjoyed making the royal icing roses and have a ton left over that I’m itching to use!
The wet on wet swirl roses were another favourite. I watched Sweet Ambs video tutorial to get a good grasp on the technique. You have to work fast before the icing dries but it makes such a pretty product. I already have ideas for other applications of this technique.