Sunday, October 21, 2018

When math meets cookies...

When math meets cookies, something beautiful happens!

Before CookieCon2018 Ann Clark asked participants which cookie cutter shape they would like to see in the future. Rebecca, The Cookie Architect replied she wanted shapes that interlock to cover the whole surface. This seemed like a cool idea.

Now, months later, I asked my mathematician husband how to create unique shapes that can do this. I scored a PhD level geometry lecture with my high school level math knowledge, but I think I got the essence of it. And he also told me to Google "Penrose Tiling", so I did : 

"Penrose tiling is an example of non-periodic tiling generated by an aperiodic set of prototiles. Penrose tilings are named after mathematician and physicist Sir Roger Penrose, who investigated these sets in the 1970" (Wikipedia). 

If you don't totally get it, it's fine. All we need to know is, that there are these shapes that you can put together many different ways to create awesome designs that cover the whole plate / table / house or universe. 

I tried to find one of the easiest Penrose shapes and make cutters for them:

This is two different diamond shape. As Halloween is coming up, I colored the big one purple and the smaller one orange, using TruColor Airbrush shine colors on the bare cookies.

I decorated with a simple lace design both tiles. I made 35 big ones and 25 small ones, because I did have to set a limit somewhere and this number will create a cute plate. (Remember, this design has no limits. No matter how many cookies you make, there will be a way to put them together. - It's fun)

I started to put it together:

 Five big ones.

Two small ones  around them and one big between the small ones.

 I took the previous apart, and added just one small between each pair of big.

 Adding three big tiles on top of each small one.

 Adding small ones all around.

 Adding another small on top of each small ones and a big one between them.

 I removed the last set of big ones and found different spots for them for a totally different design.

 I added one more set of big ones. And this is where I run out of cookies. 
(Too bad, it was so much fun!)

 The I went home and I proudly showed my husband my cookies and my pictures. He said they look cool, but I didn't make any with a small tile circle? Well... I didn't. My excuse was that I didn't bake enough of the small tiles. Oh boy, how I regretted not baking more of those at this point.

Trying to be a good student, I went to the kitchen table to put together the small-centered design:

 10 small in the middle (OMG, the first round, and I only have 15 left)

 20 big ones...

 This starts to look fun!

 Oops.. totally run out of tiles. I WANT MORE!!!!

 Look, how cool this is!

 Let's rearrange it! I NEEED more tiles!!!!

I think this is the best party cookie set ever! What do you think? If you need the cutters, they are in my Etsy store.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Baby girl dress cookies - the original design

Do you remember the baby girl dress I posted earlier this year?

I designed that shape for Ann Clark, along with the baby romper shape:

Well, not exactly. This is my original design for the baby girl's dress. As the metal cutter making technology has some limitations we needed to alter my original design. While the result is cute and I love it, I just couldn't let go my original design. So, here it is, in 3D printed version. Available in my Etsy store.

And I had to make them blue, with TruColor Spirulina extract. Because blue is not THE boy color and blue happens to be my little girl's favorite color.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Birthday Cookie Platter

Birthday cookie platter by Tunde Dugantsi

I created my first set in my new studio. I love my new place! I will still need to work on the lighting for the videos, but otherwise it's a perfect work space:

Tunde's Sugar Art Studio

I made these cookies for a friend's birthday. I wanted to create a platter that is a nice display. I used a 4 inch round cookie for the center and I designed an extra shape that interlocks around this circle.

Here is the video of the two pieces (sorry about the bad lighting):

This is the shape for the outside, available in my Etsy store:

If your dough doesn't spread at all, you can fit 12 of these around the circle, with my dough I could do 11.

I see myself using this shape a lot in the future.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Flower cookies

Flower cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

I have hundreds and hundreds of cookie cutters and I still use my favorite dozen most of the times. I wanted to create a set of cookies using only one cookie cutter shape to show everyone that we don't need a lot of shapes to create great variety.

These are 3 inch, six petal flowers and I created 12 different designs for it. I tested the set during one of my cookie classes and everyone had a lot of fun making these.

Now, the class is available online.

Flower cookies, online class by Tunde Dugantsi

Have fun with these cookies and create more variations!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Baby girl dress cookies

Baby girl dress cookies decorated by Tunde Dugantsi

If I design baby rompers, I have to have some baby girl dresses too, right? There is so many ways to decorate this little dress! I have to thank Ann Clark for making this awesome cutter for us. 

This great purple color is Artisan Accents Deep Purple, one of my new favorite colors. Their whole set is just 10 colors and they mix like a dream. So instead of having hundreds of colors I can just have 10 and make all the colors of the rainbow. Even better, with their new Dilution Solution I can turn any of these colors into airbrush colors.

Back to the baby dresses, I will share these six design with you now. I hope you will create many more and share with me!

You can get the baby girl dress cookie cutter from Ann Clark.

Baby girl dress cookies decorated by Tunde Dugantsi

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Little boy romper cookies

Baby romper cookies decorated by Tunde Dugantsi

For baby showers we usually decorate some onesie cookies. I was getting a little tired of it. I wanted something different, more cool. So I designed this romper shape and Ann Clark created the awesome cutters.

Of course, I couldn't wait to play with this shape. There are so many ways to dress this little guy! I share these 6 designs with you and I can't wait to see what you will come up with.

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Baby romper cookies decorated by Tunde Dugantsi

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter egg cookies with flowers and lace

Egg cookies with flowers and lace by Tunde Dugantsi

Hungarian folk art flowers look awesome in white on white. This set has a TruColor Airbrush Shine background with a folk art flower center motif surrounded by lace.

I shared the videos on social media in the last couple of weeks. This is a place where you can find them all. I hope you enjoy them!

Egg cookies with flowers and lace by Tunde Dugantsi

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Rustic Easter egg cookies

Rustic Easter Egg Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

I love to play with different textures. This is my favorite Easter set from this season. It can also be a great party project, so I created a Cookie Project video for it so you can have some fun with friends and family.

My Etsy store has a few royal icing transfer sets available for this project.

Rustic Easter Egg Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi


Rustic Easter Egg Cookies by Tunde Dugantsi

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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.

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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.