Wedding Parasol Cookies

Getting ready for the special day… umbrella cookies The parasol cookie is all dressed in white… umbrella cookies   Adorned with sparkling sugar details… umbrella cookies Placed in its carriage, all covered with  ribbon… umbrella cookies Time for the guests to arrive… peach roses   tablesetting   tablesetting     silver napkin holder Places, everyone!…   wedding guest favor The special moment is finally here!…

For information on how to make the parasol cookie, please click here…

Cookie Curves are here!…

cookie curves

Cookie Curves are here! (click here for ordering information)

In my last blog post, I shared with you how Blossomedge was entering a new season. In the first season of Blossomedge, I provided tutorials with you where I shared my techniques about how to make floral-themed cookie bouquets using common, flat floral-shaped cookies.

In this second season of Blossomedge, I am going to show you how to make curved cookie shapes! In my first e-tutorial of this season, I will be temporarily shifting my focus from floral-themed cookies to non-floral cookie creations.

By making just a few changes in the baking process, you will be able to make such cute little 3-dimensional cookies like:

Little umbrellas…

umbrella cookieumbrella cookie

 

 

And butterfly cookies!…

butterfly cookie

Along with bowls, arched spoons, palm trees…

To find out what else is in this e-tutorial or for ordering information, please go to my other cookie site over at   Floralcookiebouquets (dot) com  by clicking here…

Cookie Curves

See you there!…  :)

Starting a new season…

Last year was a crazy year. I had intended to do so much more blogging here at Blossomedge but it just didn’t happen. During 2013, one of the most wonderful people in my life passed away unexpectedly and quickly… my Dad. I took it very hard… but things seem to be mending now. I am “regrouping” and the sting of him not being here anymore is beginning to lessen.

Blossomedge, and I guess myself also, will be beginning a new season…

For those of you who follow, or at least followed my blog (I haven’t blogged for so long, I guess it is hard to follow something that isn’t there) but for those of you who follow me and know me as a floral cookie designer, you know that I love to make floral cookie bouquets! My cookie e-tutorials have always been about how to take traditional, flat floral sugar cookies and assemble them into arrangements that appear very much like actual floral bouquets…

blossomedge floral cookie bouquetsBut now, I am going to depart from using flat cookies and introduce you to a  new way of baking and preparing/decorating cookies in this upcoming season that will bring a whole new life to your floral cookie bouquets!

I am so excited to share this new season with you! My blog, here at Blossomedge.com, will continue to be about my favorite subject (flowers!) and how to take cookies, candy, and other various sweets and form them into floral shapes that try to capture the essence of their beauty. But there will also be posts filled with photos and lovely quotes about my little “floral friends”, along with a favorite recipe here and there…

To start off the new season, I made a tutorial that will introduce you to a technique for curving cookie dough into various shapes. I will gradually build upon this curving technique with each successive e-tutorial until I reach the end of my instructional e-tutorial series, when I will be showing you how to bake cookie dough into floral shapes, that I am guessing you never thought or even imagined, were possible with cookie dough!

My new e-tutorial, which will be coming out soon, is titled COOKIE CURVES(TM). We won’t be looking at the floral cookie shape in this particular e-tutorial but I will show you how to curve and assemble cookies into adorable shapes such as cute little umbrellas and butterflies, plus much more!…

Cookie Curves

In the meantime, to kick off the new season of Blossomedge, I have combined all current first season e-tutorials (including the DVD Floral Cookie Bouquets) into one complete set titled The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design. For more information, please click here…

The Basic Art of Floral Cookie Design

I will leave you with a few photos from my new e-tutorial COOKIE CURVES(TM) that will be coming out soon!…

umbrella cookies

cookie bowl

the body of a butterfly cookie palm tree cookies

guest favors for weddings 

 If you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now may be a good time to do so as it is a great way to keep informed as to when COOKIE CURVES(TM) will be available and what beautiful floral cookies will be coming out next!… :)

Spring Cupcake Bouquet…

 cupcake bouquet

 I love wandering through the craftstore aisles this time of year.  Up here in Minnesota, winters can seem to drag on forever but after Valentine’s Day all the spring craft items come out and they seem to put a spring back in one’s step!

The other day during one of my craft aisle wanderings, I came across these floral-shaped baking cups…

wilton baking cups

I fell in love with all the ruffles…

wilton baking cups

I thought these would work great for a cupcake bouquet, along with a few artificial flowers tucked in here and there…

cupcake bouquet

 Wouldn’t this bouquet be perfect for Easter as the centerpiece for a brunch table? Or maybe as a gift for mom on Mother’s Day or well, any other special occasion where sweets and flowers go hand in hand?…  

To get started, you will first need to find a container and with all the Easter baskets in the stores right now, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something cute, pastel and perfect :)

I found this one with little pink embroidered flowers. Soooo cute….

easter basket

 
Next, prepare the container…

Cut green floral foam so that it fits snugly inside. You can hot glue it to the inside of the container, if you wish, so that it doesn’t shift on you while assembling the bouquet…

Then, prepare the cake batter (from the recipe of your choice) for the cupcakes…

making cake batter beaters

Then, if you look at the baking cups, you will notice a sort of “line” on the inside…

baking cupsPour the batter into the cups up to this line…

cupcake flowers

cupcake flowersPlace the baking cups on a cookie sheet and bake according to your recipe’s directions and then let them cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling down, prepare the skewers. Take large gumdrops…

large white gumdrops (You can usually find these in a drugstore in the candy aisle) and slide them down about 1 inch from the skewer’s tip…

Take a piece of cardboard and cut out circles slightly smaller than the diameter of the bottom of the baking cups. Poke a hole through the centers of the cardboard discs…

cupcake bouquet

Slide them over the tip of the skewers so that they rest on the surface of the gumdrops…

cupcake bouquet

When the cupcakes have completely cooled, take a small stick pin and pierce the bottom of the baking cups in the center to make a small hole. Remove the pin.

cupcake bouquet

** Be sure that your cupcakes have thoroughly cooled. The baking cups will be much firmer and easier to work with when the cupcakes are cold…

Take one of the prepared skewers and stick it into the baking cup’s bottom, into the hole you made with the pin…

cupcake bouquet

Take a decorator’s bag fitted with a star tip and begin piping on little stars to create a center for your cupcake flower…

cupcake bouquet

Then sprinkle yellow nonpareils over the top…

cupcake bouquet

 

cupcake bouquet

Stick the completed cupcake flowers into a brick of green floral foam until you are ready to assemble your bouquet.

Add the first cupcake flower to the container and trim it to its desired length using a sharp wire cutter. Add the filler of your choice. ( I used silk flowers and a little sheer green cloth ribbon as my filler…)

Keep alternating adding cupcake flowers and filler until your bouquet is finished!

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A couple of months ago, I found these cute little garden-themed stickers at the craft store…

garden stickers

 I knew they would come in handy someday and yeah, today was the day!

I took a small white gumdrop and trimmed it down with a scissors. I slid it onto the tip of a skewer…

cupcake bouquet

And then peeled off one of those cute little dragonfly stickers and stuck it onto the gumdrop!…

garden stickersWhen inserted next to the cupcake flowers, he appeared to be hovering over the bouquet! Cute!… :)

dragonfly sticker

My passion is turning sweets into arrangements that appear like real floral bouquets. If you would like to see more ideas for floral-themed edible bouquets, check out my other site at Floralcookiebouquets.com  where I feature floral cookie E-tutorials.

Right now Floralcookiebouquets.com is  all about spring floral cookie bouquets! (Please click on the highlighted words for more information…)

Daffodil cookies…

daffodil cookies

 

white daffodil cookies

easter cookiesPrim rose cookies…

prim rose cookies

Peony cookies…

peony cookies

and many other floral cookies! You can check them out at Floralcookiebouquets.com

 See you there! :)