Happy Spring Everyone!
Today is the first day of Spring and this year Spring came in busy with a solar eclipse, a supermoon and the Spring Equinox! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the cold weather will soon disappear for most of the country! For us down here in South Florida we have already left the cold weather behind us. The weather down here has been beautiful, the days are a bit hot but breezy and the afternoons are nice, cool and breezy! This year I welcomed Spring by baking and decorating some sugar cookies. These were so much fun to make!
- Baked Cookies
- Alphabet Cookie Cutters
- Round Cookie Cutter
- Ateco Tip #3
- Bird Fondant Cutter
- Butterfly Cutter
- 5 Petal Mini Flower Cutter
- 6 Petal Mini Flower Cutter
- Gum Paste
- Small Fondant Rolling Pin
- Violet Gel Color
- Leaf Green Gel Color
- Lemon Yellow Gel Color
- Piping Bag
- Royal Icing
Add an Ateco tip #3 to a piping bag and fill it with medium consistency violet royal icing and outline all your letters.
Next, using flood consistency royal icing in the same color, flood all your letters.
Let your cookies dry out for 24 hours. During this time add lemon yellow gel color to a small piece of gum paste and mix well until you can’t see any streaks. With a small fondant rolling pin roll out your gum paste and cut out your 5 & 6 petal flowers, a bird and some butterflies. Leave all your gum paste decorations out to dry as well.
Now let’s stand up the letters! Add an Ateco tip #3 to a piping bag and fill it with leaf green very stiff consistency royal icing. Preview your letters before applying the royal icing once you have centered your letter place a good amount of the royal icing on the round cookies and add the letter on top of the icing. If the royal icing is stiff enough you shouldn’t need to hold the letters up. Leave them to dry for 5-8 hours.
Next let’s add some grass to the round cookie base. Once again let’s add an Ateco tip #3 to a piping bag and fill it with medium to stiff consistency royal icing. To create the grass look you are going to start by piping a dot but as you stop squeezing you are going to quickly pull up to create a tip. I started piping my grass at the center and moved outward.
Once your grass has dried you can add your gum paste decorations. Pipe a small amount of royal icing to the back of the decorations so that you can stick them to the grass and the letters. I spread the flowers around and I also did little clusters of flowers together. Here is a close up of one of my favorite letters!
Here is a close up of my second favorite letter, I just love how the little bird is resting on top!
I hope everyone is having a great first day of Spring, I bet some of us are looking forward to the warmer days ahead of us!