I jsut read about a cookie decorator named Maryann who does AMAZING work!!! I highly recommend parusing her interview on The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle to find some interesting hints and tips on cookie decorating. Just to give you an idea of some of her work...
She has so much variety in each batch of cookies! I am simple amazed.
You can see more of her work in the interview and also on her photostream...
This is my attempt at copying Tinkerbell onto a cake in fondant. Not my best work, but not that bad, either. She was VERY difficult and took WAY longer than I planned. Of course the eyes and mouth were the hardest pieces to make. All the rest was rather easy. I just basically free-handed everything with an exacto knife.
Then, I had to copy all the Mario scenes from the game. Granted, they are not exact replicas but I got close. My favorite are the plants coming out fo the pipes! The bricks were pretty fun to make as well. I cannot take credit for Mario or Luigi or the big star on top. My boss made them. But I did everything else.
And finally, a carnival cake based on a napkin, which had the dots and strips on it. The little girls mother drew an example of what she wanted but left a lot of room for creativity. I always LOVE those kind of orders! I think she will be very pleased.
I twisted the fondant strips and tried a new technique for the zebra. Instead of the alternating triangle stripes (That look more like tiger stripes), I did more of a ripple pattern. You know, like this...
Tonight, we have plans with a friend to eat pizza and play games. YEAH! It is our/my responsibility to bring the dessert and drinks. Instead of bringing the typical ice cream or store bought whatever, I looked up a recipe for whoopee pies. I've always wanted to try them.
I was supposed to drop the batter onto a cookie sheet with a teaspoon but I thought that was too small. Silly me, I used a serving spoon and the pies were HUGE!!!!!!!! There was no way I was going to serve those. SO...I used a cookie cutter to cut the pies into shapes after they cooled. Then, I added chocolate icing between whoopee layersg and they turned out so cute!
We had an order for a Mario cake and I think it turned out rather well. The check pattern wasn't very difficult, just time consuming. The hardest parts were the red line of buttercream and the white spirals, also made of buttercream. Fondant would have been easier but the customer wanted buttercream. The 5 white dots on the top are the supports for the Nintendo DS the customer will be placing on top of the cake. Isn't that so cool!!!!
Also, I was so proud of my lettering! I had to mimic the font used in the original reference picture. Not bad for buttercream and free hand!