Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Playful Easter Cookies

Playful Easter Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

I can't believe that Easter is almost here! Yesterday we had snow in Kentucky and I am truly ready for spring!

I brought you some cheerful colors in this set. This is my newest party project on Vimeo. Check it out for step by step instructions and host a cookie decorating party for your friends and family!

Playful Easter Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Enjoy the beginning of spring!

Playful Easter Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Cookie Academy Lace Design Online

The last couple of months, I was working on the online version of my Lace Design Class. I was hoping to get it published before Valentine's Day and I am happy to say, it is available now.

Prerequisites for this class

Before you start this class, make sure you know how to bake my two recipes, use egg wash, make royal icing and master the icing consistencies. You can learn these from the Cookie Academy Basics class.

This class works best with my book Cookie Academy 1 - Lace Design.

Class structure

This class has 9 lessons. You can buy individual lessons or the whole class.


The first lesson teaches the four basic elements of lace piping and it gives you a strong foundation.

The second lesson will teach how to combine the basic elements. The first two lessons give you a strong base to create beautiful lace cookies. The next 3 lessons will give you guidelines on how to build up a design for different shapes.

Lesson 3 will walk you through different designs for heart shape. Heart is the most traditional gingerbread shape (yes, even more traditional than gingerbread man).

Lesson 4 will walk you through 10 different Easter egg designs. You will be able to adapt these ideas for your other designs too, like for round shapes.

Lesson 5 will walk you through a set of Christmas cookies. They would make beautiful edible ornaments for you Christmas tree. The next four lessons are giving you ideas on how to combine lace with other elements, how to get creative with lace design.

Lesson 6 will show you how to make 3D gingerbread hearts.

Lesson 7 will combine TruColor Airbrus shine color with lace design. The snowflake projects will nicely complement your Christmas cookies.

Lesson 8 will show you how to create this transparent lace.

Lesson 9 will combine royal icing flowers with lace design. This combination is awesome for wedding cookies, birthdays, Mother's day and a lot more occasion. I love to combine lace with flowers. I also plan to make a royal icing transfer class later.

I hope you will enjoy the class. If you purchase this class, don't forget to join the Facebook group Cookie Academy Online, where you can share your work and ask questions.

Check out my other online classes too!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Getting more organized

How many of you have "getting more organized" as one of the new years' resolutions? 

No, I don't, because I gave up on resolutions a long time ago. But I love to be organized. I feel better when I am. And most of the time I am organized. The storage of my sugar beads, sprinkles and mostly the gazillion royal icing transfers was a long time struggle for me.

I tried  baby food jars, boxes with dozens of compartments, Ikea shelves, but non of them seemed to work.

Now, I am happy to announce I have found a system, that might work! At least I am quite happy with it now. It has round storage boxes and I can get some that are divided into 4 compartment. It's perfect, because I like to make different shades of the same color when making icing flowers.

So, these are the boxes. They are FDA approved and the lid is attached to them.

The system has a nice little gadget that holds 6 of these boxes. It has a strap, like cameras do, so you can take the box on the go. It comes with 6 non divided containers, but I can have 24 different things in this holder if I use the divided containers:

My Ikea shelf that used to hold 8 bottles of sugar beads:

Now can hold 30-120 different kinds:

Even better, I don't even need the shelf! This gadget can be attached to the wall vertically or horizontally. (Or to a cabinet door)

This is how you can attach to the wall:

There is a table top organizer for 24-96 items:

And a travel case with 20 containers (great for teachers):

 I am so happy with my new find! I thought you might like these too, so I added them to my Etsy store.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick and easy bell design

Bell cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Yes, it's ok to cheat. This time of the year we are way too busy, but we still want to create amazing cookies, right? It means this is time for all the little cheats we can use!

Let's see, how to make these bell cookies way faster than anyone would think!

You will need:
5.5 inch bell cookies (I used my yummy gingerbread recipe and this bell cutter.)
TruColor Airbrush Shine colors in sky blue and deep blue, airbrush
Royal icing with PME #2 tip
Winter scene stencils, extra icing and spatula

1. Airbrush parts of the cookie (bottom or the middle) with TruColor Airbrush Shine Sky Blue color
2. Airbrush the remaining parts with TruColor Airbrush Shine Deep Blue color
3. Use the stencil and royal icing to create the winter scene
4. Finish the cookie with piping

You can watch the video here:

This cookie fits perfectly in a 6x6x1 stationary box to make a nice present.
It's a great last minute holiday gift!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Cookie Projects: Fall cookie puzzle -P004

Fall cookie puzzle by Tunde Dugantsi

I just came back from Cookie RoundUp, Kentucky hosted by 2T's Stencils. This was a full weekend of cookie decorating with friends. I am so glad I could meet some of my old cookie friends and make new ones!

This fall puzzle is one of the projects we made. It's practically 4 sets of square cookies that we can mix and match as we please.

Fall cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

This is a shiny gold and bronze set with leaves.

Fall cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

This set has an aged look with the script in the background. We added real-looking gum paste leaves.

Fall cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Quilted background with a brush embroidered leaf: a simple yet elegant look.

Fall cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

And of course, some lace border to frame the painted leaves.

Would you like to create this set? The online class version is available now.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fall leaves made of gum paste

I hate plastic cupcake toppers. Actually, I hate anything plastic that has no real use at all. I like to decorate my cupcakes by piping different shapes from the frosting or making decoration from chocolate. But this time I decided to make something different: I made life-like colorful edible fall leaves from gum paste. I used some of them to decorate cookies of course:

And the rest will decorate our Thanksgiving dessert:

If you would like to make some, my online class might be helpful.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Cookie Projects:Colorful Fall Cookies - P002

Colorful Fall cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

My second Cookie Project on Vimeo is Colorful Fall Cookies, available now.

This is a party project and easier and faster than the previous project, Elegant Halloween Cookies was.

Be aware, to complete this project you will need an airbrush.

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