I just came back from a short but sweet trip to Vegas with a group of girlfriends to celebrate a birthday. Two years ago we took a spontaneous trip to Vegas and this year we did the same.. but planned. On our last trip I had made some chocolate cupcakes for her decorated with buttercream flowers:
This year, I made her about 2 dozen decorated cookies and regular chocolate cupcakes.
Jae LOVES butterflies so I decided to incorporate it into the cookies. Inspired by a cupcake I saw online the other day I decorated the cookies using fondant. Fondant is a sugar dough which is most often used to cover wedding cakes to create a perfect canvas as a foundation for beautifully decorated cakes.
First I baked off sugar cookies with skewers. I soaked the skewers in hot water for about 20 minutes or so before inserting them into the cookies to bake.
After baked and cooled, I colored the fondant black and cut out black circles (rolled out with a rolling pin and cornstarch) with the same round cutters used to cut the cookies. Take note that the cookie expands a little in the baking process. Depending on how often the dough is worked the cookie might expand a little or not at all. Chances are some of the circles of fondant won't always fit perfectly on the cookie.
I dusted off the excess cornstarch. Then, I made some royal icing and got a brush (Home Depot has various sized paint brushes for as little as about $1) and dipped it in the icing.
Then I brushed on the icing. I made sure not to go too close to the edge because if the fondant doesn't cover all of the cookie then you'll have a messy finished product.
For the second layer I rolled out white fondant to create a stark contrast of colors. I had bought these clear stamps at a craft store with different floral and swirly designs. It's a quick and easy way to create some texture to the fondant without having to spend hours hunch backed trying to pipe a pretty design.
Make sure the stamp has some cornstarch on it so it doesn't stick into the fondant. Repeat throughout the entire piece of fondant.
Then I took a round cutter that was the next size down from the ones used for the cookie and cut out round pieces.
I had mini butterfly cookie cutters so I cut the center out with that.
I put this patterned circle on top of the black circle using a small amount of water to stick them together. Then I took some of the royal icing and piped in the center of the butterfly my friend's name. After several hours of drying, I added a shimmery coat (more on this in another entry) to the cookies and viola.. beautiful cookies.
I reversed the colors on half of them.
Happy 28th Birthday Jae! I love you!!