Sunday, January 23, 2011

Decorating With Glaze......Part 2

In order to plan different base colors on a cookie, I use thin white icing as my "grid" or "map". I will pipe white in order to divide up the cookie or place a certain shape in a certain place. The reason this works is because all other colors will "take over" white (bleed into).....so you rarely have to worry about the white showing later.

In this case, I wanted to put a pattern in the middle of my winter glove.....so first I outlined the pattern area with white.


Next I added the darker color for the rest of the glove and let it dry. 

Next is the another darker color to fill in the rest of the glove. Since my purple was dry, I added the lines at the base of the glove too.

And once all of the darker colors were adequately dry (probably 15-30 min......it would have been more if it was red or black).....I added my white middle with a pattern.


 This is NOT my favorite cookie.....by the way.....but it was the one I started taking pics of from the beginning.....so it was all I had. : /

 Whenever I want to use white as the main background.....but also want to have some darker colors touching it.....I put the darker colors in first to dry before adding the white.



Detailing with glaze takes lots of patience. Since you're not going to get texture with it, you have to force texture by layering. That takes time. In actual time, it might only take me just a few minutes to decorate a cookie......but if it has lots of detail.....it can take me an hour or more to finish it with all the added drying time.

For these birthday cakes.....I wanted the layers to look distinct, so I piped the bottom and top layers first, then.....you guessed it.....let them dry. :) This drying time would only be 5-10 min since it's purpose is to make a more defined look in the layers. (By the way.....I do not time the drying of icing....I'm just guessing at the amounts. ;) Usually.....I pipe the first part and go on to several other cookies and then come back to the second part later. Definitely no clock watching there.)

Then I added the middle layer and the candles.  Finally I'll add the stripes on the candles and the flame.



I hope to do more pictorials of decorating in the near future.

Just a reminder......tonight at midnight (CST) is the deadline for the January Ecrandal blog give-away. I hope to announce the five winners tomorrow!

15 comments:

Anne said...

I finally made your icing with my cookies (chicago bear shirts and flags)this week. I normally just make the royal icing.
I have to say....I much much prefer the taste of your icing over the royal icing and like you said, it just takes a little patiences working with it but in the long run....IT'S WORTH IT.
I really enjoy your visual tutorials too. Even though you said your 10 second rule video was "silly"....to me it made it all clear because it was the first time I used your icing and I would have made it thinner because just by stirring it...it felt too thick. But doing the 10 second rule I can see it wasnt.
Also, outlining in white now makes more sense to me too because when I read your tutorial when you made the cookies with the heart in the middle mittens, ...I thought it looked like there was a white outline but then I thought maybe it was just the lighting.
Ive shared your blog with my sister too. She is just starting to make decorated cookies and can learn a lot from you!
Thanks again,
Ansa

Pam said...

Thanks Ansa. It's notes like yours that make it all worth it. :)

Alicia said...

Youre the best Pam!!!

Carmen said...

Thanks for all the tutorials!! I follow them and learn a lot from them. As soon as I can, I´ll try to practise and improve my previous mistakes

Anita said...

I believe I've said this once before but let me just re-state it again....WOW! These tutorials you've been so graciously giving are SO helpful Pam. I'm going to be doing a number of different cookie sets this week, primarily to photograph and then I'll be gearing up for Valentine's cookies. I have every intention of reading through each of your posts again as I move through this next week of baking and decorating. And as Anne already said, there was nothing silly about the little video. A picture (video) as they say is worth a thousand words and seeing the 10-second rule really helped get a clear picture of how it should look. Thank you so much...again :)

Katie Yoon said...

wow! Thank you for the detailed tutorials, Pam! Your cookies are awesome!

Kelley said...

i love the purple color you used on the mittens. Did you mix gels to make that color? if so..can you tell what colors you used. I need to make that purple--plum color next week. thanks!

Pam said...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate your kind comments. :)

Kelley....actually the color you see is not the color I actually got. For some reason, it is impossible to take a pic of purple and it turn out like true purple.

As far as how I got the color.....I'm sure I used some wilton purple.....not sure if I added some else or not. I don't really remember making this color in particular. Sorry.

Amy said...

Pam - thanks again for the wonderful cookie party favors you made for Carter's birthday! Everyone loved them... parents & kiddos! I can't wait to find another reason to order cookies from you. I just love 'em :)
~Amy

Pam said...

Awww Amy.....it's so great to hear that you and your guests enjoyed the cookies. My pleasure. Anytime you want cookies, just let me know. :)

Pam said...

Awww Amy.....it's so great to hear that you and your guests enjoyed the cookies. My pleasure. Anytime you want cookies, just let me know. :)

Anne said...

I finally made your icing with my cookies (chicago bear shirts and flags)this week. I normally just make the royal icing.
I have to say....I much much prefer the taste of your icing over the royal icing and like you said, it just takes a little patiences working with it but in the long run....IT'S WORTH IT.
I really enjoy your visual tutorials too. Even though you said your 10 second rule video was "silly"....to me it made it all clear because it was the first time I used your icing and I would have made it thinner because just by stirring it...it felt too thick. But doing the 10 second rule I can see it wasnt.
Also, outlining in white now makes more sense to me too because when I read your tutorial when you made the cookies with the heart in the middle mittens, ...I thought it looked like there was a white outline but then I thought maybe it was just the lighting.
Ive shared your blog with my sister too. She is just starting to make decorated cookies and can learn a lot from you!
Thanks again,
Ansa

Alicia said...

Youre the best Pam!!!

Angelicaokusa said...

I just LOVE IT!! love it! love it!!!

Muchas gracias!!!!!

Sunbeam_jules said...

SO thankful for this!  I do not like traditional royal icing and have always used corn syrup icing instead.  I have never able to get the consistency right though and got frustrated and quit for awhile.  i am ready to get back at it thanks to you!  Julie, Oklahoma

 
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