When I decided to start this blog, I figured the only way I can take a potential cake business seriously would be if I could keep up with something like a blog. I have this bad habit of putting something simple off to do at another time, but then (of course) something else comes up, and then all the little simple things turn into one big project. So here I am, with all my little pictures ready to be added to blog posts. I’m going to try and bag it out today, and never do this again. Of course, I’ll say this and be in the same boat in a few months.
Anyway. Ignoring the Debbi Downer thing I have going on, I was asked to make Xbox themed cookies. I spent some time looking at what I could make and figured the controllers would be the easiest thing to do. Of course, I didn’t have a cookie cutter which was lovely. I really dislike having to cut out my own cookies. Something that should take about 30 minutes becomes a two hour plus ordeal. Below, is the picture and guide I used to cut and then decorate the cookies. The picture below also shows that the cookies spread out a little when they were baking. I’m not sure why, but since it didn’t distort the cookies too much I dismissed the problem for another day. I also made some little circles and square cookies. I planned on making very simple designs to add to each favor bag.
My original idea with the cookies was to leave the circles open for the buttons, and add them later. You can see this below. It was so sloppy I knew it wouldn’t work. It’s a good thing I stopped with two cookies here. I filled them in, and then filled all the controller cookies in white.
I ran into some good luck for once and didn’t have to make any more royal icing. I had tons from making other cookies I was also making this week. I have them all wrapped up. I did make the decision that I will not wrap the icing again. Some of the thin consistency icing will fall from the bag no matter how tightly wrapped it was. Containers are much easier to handle.
I needed to use a very small amount of color for the buttons on the controller and didn’t want to use four different piping bags just to make a couple of dots. I decided to try wrapping the icing in saran wrap again (last time I tried icing went all over me, and my kitchen). This time I had success. It kept the bag clean. I think this is best if you use a small amount of icing.
Below, you can see some of the squares. In retrospect, I should have piped the green lettering right onto the wet black icing for a nice effect. But anyway, you can also see the four colors I piped onto the cookies as the buttons. After they dried, I wrote the letters onto the dots with edible marker. I was going to try and pipe it on but I worried it would be too sloppy. Writing it out had the desired effect.
I put some X’s and power buttons on the circle cookies. Again, I think these would have looked much nicer if I did the wet on wet approach with the design. Oh well! It is what it is. I took all the little circles and squares and boxed them up as an additional gift to the person that ordered these from me.
Final product! I think these could have been cleaner, but they still look like controllers. The best part was that they looked better when they were wrapped up. I found a website where I could make my own Xbox achievement (Happy Birthday), and printed it up. I’m about 60% happy with the final result.