I think of myself as someone who is not a supertalent at sewing or crocheting or anything else related to crafting, but I can sew a pretty skirt for my girls or crochet a nice baby blanket for a friend who has just delivered, if the pattern isn't too complicated. But there's one thing I am really not good at and that's baking nice cakes, beautiful cookies or awesome cupcakes. The times I tried, it never ended up as I thought it would look, as you can see here:
Rainbow Cupcakes with buttercreme 'clouds'
that slided of the blue fondant.
Cake Pops Ice Cones with chocolate that didn't drip nicely down the pink candy melts
(and melts that for some reason stayed too thick after melting).
Flower Cookies that came way too big out of the oven,
so they tripped over all the time.
Confetti Cookies that looked alright,
but were a bit too hard to bite, especially for little children's teeth.
But a couple of weeks ago I found this blog called The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle and Sugarbelle makes it look so simple to decorate cookies, that I wanted to give it one more try.
So I bought the ingredients for cookies and icing and after baking the cookies I started to decorate. First I did the piping.
Well, what shall I say... Practice makes perfect?
After that I filled the hearts up with more fluent icing and let them dry.
For a first attempt I'm not entirely displeased, but I thought it would be much easier to decorate cookies. Some lessons I learned:
* Don't let your cookies too long in the oven :-)
* For twenty cookies 250 grams of royal icing is waaaaay to much!
* Roll your dough flat instead of pressing it flat with your hand, because if one side of the cookie is higher than the other the icing will flow over your piping on the lowest side
* I guess to get a steady hand for piping you have to practice A LOT