Flour Box Bakery is an online shop that sells cookie cutters and decorating supplies with lots of cookie inspiration! Blog by Anne is a collection of tidbits about the things I love... sugar cookies, baking, great food, cute stuff, and life in Happy Valley.
Sugarbelle has released her 2nd Shape Shifters Cutter Set and it is even more AMAZING than the first!! I'll be having lots of fun with this set this summer, so bookmark this blog post, because I'm going to continue to add video tutorials of the SS2 cutters! (All of the icing colors featured in the videos below are from Sugarbelle, too. You can get the bundle of 10 colors - click here)
Drum roll please, here are the TWENTY new cutters featured in this set! You can pick up this set in our online shop - click here!
The first video I want to share is the Baby Girl Dress. This is soooo cute! And, if you want, it also makes a cute Hippo Cookie! Watch the video and learn to to make this dress with a cute drop flower accent (using Tip #224 or Tip #225).
How to Decorate a Baby Girl Dress Cookie - YouTube
This pretty baby girl dress is perfect for a baby shower, dedication or baptism!
These videos are coming soon....
The strawberry cookie
It can be shifted into a rosebud!
I love how these cutters can create many designs! This same cutter can also be a queen and a fish (sideways)
Next up is the swirly cupcake!
And if you flip it upside down, it's Uncle Sam!
I will also have the unicorn and cotton candy coming very soon. Those are soooo fun!
So grab this set and let your imagination run wild! Click here or on the photo believe to view in shop.
And if you want to use the same Sugarbelle colors, you can pick up the 10-color bundle - click here!
Keep checking back as we add MORE videos and inspiration on how to use the Sugarbelle Shape Shifters Set TWO!
Over the years, I have created many grad cookie sets. It's such a popular cookie event. And this year, I finally to the time to create a video tutorial to show how to make the 3 most popular requests: the diploma, grad cap, and gown.
Check out the video to see how these quickly come together!
How to Decorate a Diploma, Cap, and Gown Cookie - YouTube
I used the Chefmaster liqua-gel colors to make this set. You'll probably want to customize your school colors, but here's a list of what I used: navy blue, white, golden yellow (tassle), and black. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.
Last month, I took a trip to Phoenix, Arizona to visit my college roommate. We toured around the city for a few days and took a day trip to Sedona. I love Arizona! The food was amazing. The weather was gorgeous. And the cacti, they were the cutest!!! I had a blast! To say thank you for my amazing stay, I made these Cool Cactus cookies to send to my friend!
Check out the video tutorial! Use the graphics to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing.
- Neon bright green + leaf green to make the base green icing. - Leaf green for the squiggly cactus accents. - A drop of deep pink to make the pink flower. - And then many drops to make the bright pink sunglasses frame. - Super black and bright white for the final details
See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here
Sooooo, did you notice that adorable pink flower in the video?
Use tip #129 to create quick and easy drop flowers! Cute flowers shouldn't take more than a second to make! No flower nails or parchment squares for this cutie!
I used royal icing transfers to make the sunglasses. It's just easier than freehanding. I know the hearts will be the same size each time. And I don't typically get cracks or craters in royal icing transfers. Plus, I can save the extras if I want to make a cool cactus in the future.
First I planned out the size of the hearts.
Then I copied the hearts a bunch of times so I could make a bunch of cookies. I used a tipless bag to outline and flood the hearts.
Can we all agree that the Ann Clark Cookie Cutter Company is the best? I have been asking for a llama cookie cutter...and they just released the cutest one possible! It's only $1.99...find it in our shop - click here!
Today we are having a birthday dinner for one of my bffs and I made these special cookies for her. We're also having Siri Daly's Greek Nachos again (not related to llamas, but worth sharing since this recipe got 8 HUGE thumbs up from my family!)
Check out this video tutorial showing how to decorate a llama cookie.
How to Decorate a Llama Cookie - YouTube
Since the details are smaller, I used PME tip #1.5. I also used tipless bags for the flooding...making clean-up so much easier!! Find them here! And the black food marker is a foodoodler (ultra thin for the finest details! These markers are the best. They never dry out!) Find the markers here!
One thing that makes these cookies special is that I'm using the NEW Sugarbelle food gels. Here are the colors featured: pink, orange, yellow, bright green, dark green, aqua, brown and purple. See the bundle of all 10 colors - click here.
The new cookie cutter is a great size! It is 4 1/4" x 3".
Easter is coming! And it's one of my favorite holidays to decorate cookies!!
I'm super excited to introduce my NEWEST cutter design with Ann Clark Cookie Cutters...this adorable Easter basket cookie cutter. I'm decorating it LIVE at noon (EST) today on Facebook!
I think it is one of those shapes that has a lot of shape shifting potential! I see bubbly ghost. If you flip it on the side, I see a cute fish. And, if you flip it upside down I see a boy wearing a king's crown! What do you see??
Here is the decorated basket (isn't it so adorbs)!!??
But enough about the new basket...let's take a look at this rainbow Easter Egg!
It looks impressive, but it is a fun and relatively easy technique to do. It's that marbling technique that adds such a pretty pop! When doing this wet-on-wet design it is important to use your flood icing for the white base and the rainbow colors!
How to Decorate a Rainbow Easter Egg Cookie - YouTube
These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set, since they are all pastels I added white food color to the base icing to keep the colors light: deep pink, sunset orange, lemon yellow, leaf green, sky blue, and violet. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here
The tool I'm using in the video is the scribe tool. It's one of my favorite tools for decorating. A toothpick will do all the same tasks as the scribe, but I like the longer handle and thinner point of the scribe.
If you're planning to regularly use the jewel dust it might be a good investment. The dust pump is helpful, but not necessary. If you don't want to invest in one, you could also dip a paint brush in the jewel dust and tap it off over the cookie to shake on the sparkle.
After posting this video, I got a lot of questions about the projector. It's a pico, and it's the same projector I posted in the last video (the Snuggle is Real cookie).
Here are a couple helpful links.
This is the pico I'm using, available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Technologies-KP-101-01-Projector-built/dp/B005TAXDPK/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519321984&sr=1-3&keywords=pico+projector
(FYI....my pico a few years old, and there are more models. So, do your research. Mine still works great, so I haven't updated/upgraded)
I use this tripod (also available on Amazon) - https://www.amazon.com/Limostudio-Camcorder-Digital-Cameras-Camcorders/dp/B005CRKX3K/ref=pd_bxgy_229_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B005CRKX3K&pd_rd_r=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE&pd_rd_w=9nmAe&pd_rd_wg=C6A9j&psc=1&refRID=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE
I hope you enjoyed a closer look at the Jewel Dust and the projector!
Also, mark your calendar! I'm planning on decorating Easter baskets and eggs LIVE on facebook on March 1.
My friend Julie just had a baby girl and I'm so excited for her family. I wanted to make her some special cookies to celebrate all the new snuggles that are about to happen! Snuggling babies in footie pajamas might just be the best thing this side of heaven.
I recently used this footie pajama cookie cutter from Ann Clark cookie cutters and fell in love. And to go with the footie pajama cookies, I added a plaque (and a little wit) with 'The Snuggle is Real' cookie.
I will be demonstrating this footie pajama and the baby bottle LIVE (noon EST) on facebook today Feb 13th. But, I think it might also be helpful to show the Snuggle plaque and give some tips on piping text.
**You won't see this in the video...to set up the projector, I save the graphic on the drive and then plug it into the Pico (but many decorators use the mini HDMI adapter to plug directly into an iphone or ipad). Usually before I decorate I need to:
(1.) flip the projection image (in settings) so it's not upside down. (2.) adjust the focus. (3.) make minor tweaks to the height of the tripod (to size correctly on the cookie).
For more details on Pico projectors check out Baking Sweet Hope. Anita is the cookie gadgeteer and has lots of helpful cookie gadget videos, including an in-depth Pico tutorial - click here to watch her YouTube video!
Are you ready to check out the video and see this cookie in action?
How to Pipe Text on a Cookie - YouTube
Consider these factors for piping text...
The two BIGGEST factors when piping text is hand pressure and icing consistency. The graphics in the video share when when to use strong hand pressure and light. The icing is a medium/soft peak piping consistency for nice icing flow.
Tip Size Matters...
Also, I'm using tip #2 because this is a large cookie. If I was piping in a smaller area I would size down to a #1.5 or #1 (still using varying hand pressure and medium icing consistency) These recent 'I a-dumbledore you' cookies are a great example of a SMALL cookie with a BIG word...so I used tip #1 (and my pico) to pipe these.
Let's talk projectors a little bit more...
I like the Pico compared to the KopyKake because it is BRIGHTER. I can use it with the lights on. It's also small (such a space saver). And, it is generally cheaper than a KopyKake. Now don't get me wrong, I still love my KopyKake. It is often easier for me to use with one of my own sketches (it's so low tech and EASY). But this Pico definitely wins in a lot of important categories.
If you like how the 'Snuggle' text looks, you can click and download a version here. Use it with your Pico or print and use with a Kopykake.
And don't forget to join me TODAY (Feb 13) on the Flour Box Bakery facebook page for a LIVE demo to the bottle and pajama cookie. I'll add this video to YouTube as well and post a link here too.
These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: to make the robe and hat color I mixed violet, a tiny dot of black and white. I used fleshtone for the face. And used bright white for the hair/beard and super black for the details. That yellow is a few dots of yellow with white to keep it pale and buttery looking. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here
These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: to make the diamond color, I mixed a few dots of sky blue and leaf green. Then made the gray using super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here
Sometimes the trick to getting consistent cookies when decorating multiple without a projector is using GUIDE DOTS (if you watch my videos, I do this all the time.) Freehand is always faster for me!
These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: sky blue, bright white, buckeye brown, super black, and super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here
I like the Ann Clark electric guitar cutter best because it has a wide neck allowing for 6 guitar strings. You can find it in our shop - click here!
The trick to the strings is using a thinner piping icing with a tip #1. I practice a few straight lines before jumping on to the cookie. Takes a little patience and steadiness. This is one of those designs that becomes easier with repetition.