I got to experiment with a few new techniques with these cookies – rice wafer paper flowers and mesh stencils. I made some rice paper flowers, lightly dusted with a mixture of gold and bronze. It was tricky getting the flowers curled and to stay curled. Rice paper is hard to work with as if you get it too wet, it turns to mush but if its not wet enough it cracks. I think it would be easier with a larger flower, but I like the delicate look of wafer paper flowers.
I also got to work with mesh stencils for the music notes. Getting the consistency of the royal icing was a bit tricky, and working with a cookie was hard as you have to keep the stencil flat against the surface or the transfer doesn’t work as well. I didn’t mind that the image was a bit faded as I wanted a bit of an antique look to the cookies.
I will be on the lookout for more cookie and cake stencils as the detail level you can get is amazing, and the time to make something that looks really fancy is so much smaller than doing hand painting or other ‘by hand’ techniques.
I had done gingerbread boxes before with results I was happy with. I had done fondant and royal icing decor on the outside and they looked nice. I wanted to step things up a bit and try a new technique.
For the lid on this box, I knew I wanted to do stained glass. I’ve wanted to do stained glass for a while now and this was the prefect project. I pipped very soft gingerbread and used hard candies for the glass.
This box was for a fan of the TV show Game of Thrones, so I also tired my hand a piping one of the family sigils from the show in gingerbread for the front of the box. The wolf head worked out well, I made several that survived the baking process – some didn’t survive the application process, but I had enough to work with.
Both of these techniques I will be using again in the future.
I had seen a stencilling technique online for cakes, and I knew it must be used on cookies as well, so off I went to one of my favourite stores, Michaels, to see if I could get some stencils. I couldn’t wait to order actual cake or cookie stencils online, so off I went to the paint section.
I used a combination of fondant and royal icing to see what I could get using paint stencils. I would recommend trying to buy the real thing – the paint stencils worked ok but they didn’t hold up well through the process.
I wanted to try using royal icing to make a basket-like shape. I pipped the white basket on a little balloon I oiled up and then let it dry. I made a few as I knew there would be some breakage. I lost 2, but the third had hardened well enough to survive when I popped the balloon.
I love doing watercolour painting; acrylic as well, but watercolour is where I started painting way, way back. I thought I would try my hand at hand painting cookies. The process is tricky with food colouring as it layers more like acrylic but bleeds and dissipates like watercolour.
the experiment turned out quite well. These make for a really classy gift for any art lover – but people do have a hard time actually eating them.
As you can imagine, they take quite a lot of time to make.
OK I love Star Wars; I was born in the year of Star Wars, 1977 and I love all things sci-fi. This was a fun project for no particular purpose than to see what I could do.
the framework is all gingerbread with fondant and gumpaste with a little royal icing here and there. The whole thing is a bit chunky and clumsy, but I absolutely love it and will revisit doing Star Wars themed dioramas in gingerbread at some time in the future.
I would love to combine gingerbread and cake in a project like this. We’ll see what comes next in this genre.