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

Steps:
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:


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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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Friday, October 27, 2017

Royal icing

Royal icing
You can use royal icing to decorate your cookies. It’s easy to prepare, dries fast and you can color it using gel food coloring. You can always adjust the consistency of the icing by adding more water for thinner or more confectioner’s sugar for thicker consistency. I share two recipes, they both work great, but for big projects that may take several days you will definitely need to use the meringue powder royal icing.



Egg white royal icing:
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 lb confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

You have to use it within 1 day or refrigerate in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days.

Meringue powder royal icing:
  • 3 tbsp meringue powder
  • 4 oz cold water
  • 1 lb confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

You don’t need to refrigerate, keep in a cool dry place for up to 2 weeks and rebeat before using.

UPDATE: Online classes about royal icing and icing consistencies are available now:



First prepare the bags. I use resealable sandwich bags with couplers and decorating tips. Tip #1 for the regular icing and tip #3 for the flood icing. You can choose to use just the bags and cut a tiny hole in the corner. You can also use professional decorating bags if you wish. I usually mark the bags containing the flood icing, to know which bag to reach for when decorating.

It’s helpful to put the bag in a cup, folding the opening around the rim. This makes filling the bag much easier.

Decide which recipe to use and prepare the ingredients.

Add meringue powder to the water in a bowl (for egg white icing use the egg whites) and beat until it forms soft peaks.

 Lower the speed and gradually add the confectioner’s sugar. Add the lemon juice and beat for an additional 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.

Coloring: Gel paste food coloring will not dilute your icing and gives bright color. I usually mix the icing color I want in a tiny bowl, take out one third of this regular icing in a bag and dilute the rest to make the flood icing of the exact same color.

Flood icing: Add a few drops of water until you get the right consistency. If you draw a knife through the icing it has to completely come back together in 10 seconds. If it does not, it needs a few more drops of water.


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cookie Projects: Elegant Halloween Cookies - P001

Elegant Halloween Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

Halloween is around the corner and my first Cookie Projects Online Class, Elegant Halloween Cookies is available now on Vimeo.

This is a party project. I designed it with a group activity in mind. Party projects have a limited color palette and they can be done by a group in 3-4 hours.


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Have fun with your Halloween cookies!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Online class: Cookie Academy Basics

Whenever I post about my upcoming classes I get some comments from people who live far away telling me how much they would love to participate. I can not go everywhere, but the internet can. So this year, I have been working on the online version of my classes.

I will have two series:
  • Cookie Academy classes are teaching different techniques in detail and complement the Cookie Academy book series.
  • Cookie Projects episodes will show different cookie projects with step by step instructions. Every project will use different techniques. These are great for creating a cool project at home or hosting a cookie decorating party for friends and family. The projects that are designed for parties are marked with a "party" banner.
And I am happy to announce, that the first few lessons of Cookie Academy Classes are ready and available on Vimeo. Of course we will have to start with the basics. So this is what I do. But I am working hard on filming all your favorite classes.


You don't have to purchase the whole class, you can pick the lessons you need.

Cookie Academy Basics will have 7 lessons, the first 5 are available now.

Cookie Academy Basics
001 Basic Gingerbread
002 Yummy Gingerbread
003 Egg Wash
004 Making Royal Icing
005 Royal Icing Consistencies
006 Coloring Royal Icing (coming soon)
007 Flooding a Cookie (coming soon)

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