I really planned to put up a new cake post today. But it's not going to happen. Instead, you're getting these Lace Valentine's Cookies. You see, six out of the eight of us have been sick with nasty colds this week.
Do you know what that means? Cranky, whining, runny noses, not-sleeping enough, more cranky, then coughing and headaches and whining and earaches and sinus pain and MORE WHINING .... it's been a rough three days around the Atwater house.
Today most of us woke up feeling a little better so I decided to spend the first half of our day catching up on housework. Considering we've all been ill since Sunday evening, the house desperately needed attention. It was bad, ya'll!
So we cleaned, then mid-afternoon I started working on these Lace Valentine's Cookies.
I baked them yesterday afternoon/evening and then covered them in royal icing last night (finishing around 2am). It wouldn't have been so late except again... the cranky, non-cooperative kids. But honestly, I didn't mind being up late working... at least nobody was whining! Ha!
Today my only tasks were to add the lace, photograph them, then box them up (and wrap 12 of them). The catch was... I had never made edible lace before today.
I intended to practice yesterday (yeah, I'm on top of things like that!) only to discover I was missing an ingredient. Thank goodness another local cake decorator had what I needed and I was able to get it this afternoon... so much for practice - I dove right into decorating!
I watched a few videos and read the directions then away I went. It honestly went more smoothly than I thought it would, but I still ended up probably throwing away a third of the lace I made. It also took me over four hours to put lace on 70 cookies.
FOUR HOURS of bending over my bar, hunched down, cutting lace, lifting lace, smoothing lace, tearing lace...
My neck hurt, my back hurt, my hands hurt... oh, and MY BACK HURT. Add the sinus headache and the hormone induced cramps (ahem) and I was just down-right cheery by the time I was done. Not.
But you know what? I was really, really happy with them in the end! Or maybe proud was the word. My husband came home after a 12 hour shift at work and the first thing he said to me was, "Baby, those look really, really great!". Needless to say, I really did cheer up!
Of course they're not all perfect and I'll absolutely do better and not make so many mistakes next time, but considering I had ZERO experience with lace mats and edible lace and all that jazz ... they're not bad, huh?!
So, that's that... I finished up around 8pm, we ate frozen pizza for supper, then I set up my photography gear and took pictures. After that, I sorted through and chose the best 60 cookies for the customer (that's how many she ordered), bagged up 12 of them for teachers (the other 48 are for students), then sat down to blog.
Except I decided against cake blogging and thought I'd just share my day.... with cookies.
OH and I had some extra cookie dough, even after baking 60 cookies plus 10 extras, so I made a batch of mini poofy hearts... aren't they cute?
Here's what I can tell you about these Lace Valentine's Cookies:
- I baked this Roll-Out Sugar Cookie recipe. I needed a triple batch to get around 70 large hearts and 22 mini hearts. We absolutely love these cookies. They hold their shape when baking, they aren't too soft or too crunchy and they taste great!
- I used the largest heart cutter from this Ateco set and the largest poofy heart from a Not Just Cakes by Annie set for the minis.
- I used this Royal Icing Recipe. Double batch and I had quite a bit leftover, but I don't think a single would've been enough. My cookie decorating skills sure have improved since then, huh? I also used a #3 round tip for the borders and filling and one of these amazing squeeze bottles. You can see more details about how I decorate cookies here.
- I used Geraldine's Edible Wonder Lace. Note - you will need glycerine for this recipe. I wish that had been mentioned when I ordered the mix because glycerine is not something I keep on hand and since I live in the sticks, I can't buy it anywhere within a 100 miles either. Praise the Lord for a generous cake decorator in the area who gave me a bottle she had on hand or the lace would not have happened today.
- I used this Sugarveil Mat - although I wish I'd have had this mat instead. Those round lace medallions would've made my life a whole lot easier today! Live and learn, people, live and learn!
So, after it was all said and done, I really did enjoy this new medium and I hope a chance to use it again very soon!
Alright... so it's quickly approaching midnight and I have to be up by 7am. Tomorrow's list includes 325 Valentine's cupcakes (yes, THREE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE), 7 dozen dipped strawberries, a dozen cake pops and one simple cake. I need my rest for sure!
Happy Caking ya'll!