First we had to make and bake the cookies and the way I do it takes
It's been quite some time since I had a go at piped icing cookies. Over 3 years in fact which was for a high tea party. Can't say I have ever done baby cookies. Whilst it took me some time to get into the swing of it the Wilton cookie cutters were a huge help. :)
Getting the colours right can be tricky but starting off with just a little on the tip of a toothick and adding more to build up the colour is much simpler with gel colours. I find liquid colours just water down the icing. The finish is nowhere near as nice with that type of colouring either. To get that real baby pastel colour these called for I just used one tiny dip in the gel.
I was sharing the steps with my youngest daughter who is a keen cook and wants to learn cake decorating. It's a long process but so much fun to see it all come together at the end. Very gratifying and also great for teaching a young one "patience"!
She had so much fun letting her creative nature have free reign and decorating the cookies, she had lined and flooded, with icing for the two older siblings of the blessing to come.
I am so grateful to be able to share these special times, watching the development of her skills and to see the enjoyment on her face at what she can accomplish!
Pots of Royal Icing all mixed up with sweet soft shabby baby colours ready for piping are just so pretty.
It took me far longer than I remember in the past. Mostly due to my favourite small piping bag, the one that fits all my piping tubes, going missing. I have not seen it since we moved and just hope it is in a box in the store room somewhere with all those other things I have not been able to find since moving. I have had that particular bag and coupler since - well, lets just say it could be considered vintage.
I ended up using zip lock bags for the edge lining, flooding with a palette knife and then decorating with the zippy bags to finish off.
All done and left to dry out and set.
They were a huge hit, and while not decorated with quite the finesse that a proper icing kit would have provided they were delicious and cute. Just perfect for a baby shower!
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