Easter Chick Royal Icing Transfers (Tutorial)

Following on from my Easter biscuits last week I'm definitely keeping the lovely spring theme going with my Easter banner!

I've wanted to create some biscuits using transfers for a while now (and FINALLY use my new airbrush!!) so thought this was the perfect time. Transfers are royal icing accents which are piped separately to your biscuit, usually onto baking parchment and added later when you, ahem, transfer them to your biscuit ;)

The cute chicks you can see are very much inspired by The Bearfoot Baker! I'm sure you will have been over there before now, but if not check out the blog here!!! As well as being an airbrush guru, Lisa makes the most amazing transfers (and shows you how with great tutorials too!) and she has totally inspired me to try making my own designs, so here goes!

Chick Transfers

For these you'll need:
  • Yellow 20 second Royal Icing
  • Orange 20 second Royal Icing
  • Black Food Pen or Black Icing
  • Scribe Tool
  • Reusable Baking Liner or Parchment Paper
1. Pipe out an egg shape (or whatever shape you like) in yellow icing onto baking liner
2. Pipe a small orange line roughly where the beak will go
3. Using the scribe tool make a line through the orange icing to make a beak shape
4. Pipe feet at the bottom in orange
5. Create the webbed feet using the scribe, moving from orange to yellow and cleaning the scribe between 
    each sweep.
6. Mix it up! not every chick was created equal, give him some arms, sorry feathers...
7. ....Or give him a cool hair do!
8. Experiment with different sizes, shapes, beaks and feet!

Leave to dry for 24-48 hours and once dry add the eyes with a black food marker or some black icing and they're ready to rock! Add them to your easter/spring inspired biscuits, cakes or cupcakes, they will look fab anywhere!! I added mine to my Easter banner along with some other seasonal accents. OK, so I really need more practice with the airbrushing (cue jumping across to read more of Lisa's posts!) but they haven't turned out too bad for my first attempt!

Give them a go! They can be fiddly but transfers really give dimension to your biscuits, they can be made ahead of time and attached (with a dot of royal icing) when they're needed. Most importantly, you can make a ton of mistakes but you still get to pick the best ones to use! I know I did for this ;)

Check out these posts for the other icing transfers above and for more info!
Ribbon Roses & Leaves (Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle)
Carrot Transfers (Make Me Cake Me)
Transfers - How to (Sweetopia)

Is it Spring Yet?! Easter Biscuits

It's April! Yaay! Springtime is upon us now! Sunshine and birds tweeting, Yes?

Well, no! Not exactly. Here in the UK we have freak Saharan desert dust over most of the country causing fog and havoc! And if you've managed to escape that it's pretty much rain anyway!

So to brighten things up, I thought I'd quickly share my Easter biscuits I made a while ago.

Cute Chicks:

Decadent eggs:

Spiffy bunnies! How cute?! OK, there isn't much colour here, but I wanted to keep these simple. You can find the tutorial for the bow over at Ali Bee's Bake Shop
What do you guys think?! I hope they brighten your day, whether you're stuck with the smog or not! :D

I link up at these parties!

I've also submitted these to April's CakeyBoi & The Baking Explorer's Treat Petite, hosted this month by CakeyBoi :)

 check out more brilliant biscuits I've been pinning!

Mother's Day Gift Boxes

Mother's Day is coming soon! It's three weeks today!! Eeek!

Get your orders in now for these Mother's Day gift boxes, featuring a pretty butterfly inspired by Sugarbelle, a fabulous flower and of course 'Mam'!!

Here in the North East of England it is definitely 'Mam' not 'Mum' and usually we end up having to buy Mum presents and cards, which for me is really annoying, so I had to create something for my fellow Geordies :D

....but don't worry 'Mum' is available too!
 Order online at the SweetPetite Etsy shop; pick up is free if you're lucky enough to live in Tyne & Wear :D

Geeky Love Cupcake Toppers

OK I have to admit it. I'm a massive geek and always have been! I know all the words to the Back to the Future trilogy, Silence of the Lambs, and Con Air (don't judge me!), when I was younger I had posters of Bret 'the Hitman' Hart and Benton Fraser on my wall when everyone else was into Take That and NKOTB, and attending a Comic Con is most definitely on my bucket list! To name a few things!

So maybe because of this nerdiness me and Valentine's day have never really been friends. As I mentioned this time last time year it's not my favourite holiday. Teenage girls with glasses, braces and a love of WWF wrestling and cannibalistic serial killers, tend not to get overrun with cards, sigh! But hey, now I'm in my thirties (32 today!) and happily married, I'm so proud to be a geek!!! (And the fact that I have straight teeth!)

So, I decided to make something nerdy for valentine's to celebrate!!! Heavily influenced by the fact I've just finished watching Breaking Bad too: Chemical Element Cupcakes!!

Aw how cute, nothing says I Love You like:


Make these yourself for the geek in your life and make their day!!

For more nerdy cookies check out these:
Nerdy Bookworm Cookies (Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle)
Doctor Who Geekster Egg Cookies (Bakingdom)
Star Trek Valentine's Cookies (Semi Sweet Designs)

 check out more brilliant biscuits I've recently been pinning!

And the award for the most random New Year's resolutions goes to......

Happy New Year everyone!!

Well its a been a while hasn't it?! Was Santa good to you? I decided to sit Christmas out on the old blogosphere and plan ahead for 2014!

So here we are! It's come around soooo fast and I can't wait to get back to posting, in fact it's one of my New Year's resolutions!! So you will be hearing more from me this year.....is that good news? ;)

My other resolutions are a bit random. Random because you wouldn't think they are related but bear with me.....I'm going to learn to knit and learn Danish! Told you they were random!! haha!!

No I'm not nuts (well not completely nuts!) they both stem from a TV show (come on it is me after all, of course it does!!!) I started watching a Danish TV programme called the Killing (or Forbrydelsen in Danish, see learning already!) in the Autumn, only six years after everyone else, and realised there is a whole new genre of telly I've been missing out on, Nordic Noir! Dark, tense and gripping Scandinavian TV. It's huge here in the UK, us Brits can't seem to get enough of it, even Royalty love it! And now I'm completely hooked! So I think the Danish vocabulary will come in handy, and of course its not too far away from here for a little holiday maybe, fingers crossed!!

But what's that got to do with knitting Shel? Well, the leading lady, Sarah Lund, has some very cool jumpers on throughout the show. She has a few, but this one was my favourite:

I watched season one thinking 'wow that's bonny' and it wasn't until I Googled the Killing, I realised the jumper is possibly more famous than the show!!! It even has its own website...I'm not joking!

Alas, I don't have the 310, plus delivery from the Faroe Islands, to afford one ! 310! Think how many cookie cutters, colours, stencils etc I could buy with that! No, I can't justify it so.....I'm going to learn to knit!!! Ta-Da! Eventually getting to the point!!!

I know a little bit already, casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and....well...that's about it! So I'm not quite ready for Sarah Lund's jumper just yet so I'm going to practise doing easier garments first.

For starters I reckon a scarf, one colour first and then possibly stripes....

Then work my way up to a hat, with maybe some little designs on them....
Me and Mr. Young love hats! He is more of a beanie hat kind of guy (I seriously doubt he'd wear any of these though!) where I prefer bobble hats with long strings, I'm sorry but how cute is that?! (I made this with an egg cutter, cutting a little bit for the face)

Then I've heard gloves, or mittens, can be tricky, so I'll work up to those next...

Here they are all are together, reckon its knitwear all round for 2014 Christmas presents ;)

Once I've done those, I'll be ready for the jumper, right? How hard can it be?
Well if it is anything like the piping of it...very! ;) My god it took forever! You know when something seems like a good idea at first?! After several attempts of free-handing it, I drew the design onto the flooded and dried biscuit with a food pen, and piped over that. I should have used my Kopykake but I can't get near my printer for Christmas decoration boxes! (Maybe I should resolve to be more organised in 2014!!)

Not sure if I'll be at the knitted jumper stage by the end of 2014, but to be honest I'm happy with the biscuits until I am....they taste nice!!!

Have you made any resolutions? Let me know, the more random the better!!

Check out these cool links:
Nordic Noir (from Visit Denmark)
Discover what all the fuss is about! Buy on Amazon

Some more knitting/Nordic biscuits:
Marius Cookies (The Simple, Sweet Life)
Irish Knits (A Dozen Eggs)
Red & White Reindeer Christmas Cookies (SweetAmbs)

Happy New Year folks, or should I say... Godt Nytår ;)
(Honestly, I'm never going to get the hang of it, I'm not brainy enough!)

Scary Movie Masks! (Tutorial)

Hello there, I thought I'd take you all to the movies for Halloween!
Saw, Scream, Silence of the Lambs and Friday the 13th are screening!!! Firstly, can I just say that I don't really watch full-on slasher gory horror, I'm just too much of a wimp! I slept with the light on for a week after I watched the Exorcist. And when I say 'watched' I mean, I was in the room when it was on. Behind a cushion. With my fingers in my ears. Scarred for life! No, I'm definitely more of a psychological thriller kind of a girl, Silence of the Lambs being my all time favourite, so here it is first on the menu (no cannibal pun intended!)

To make the shape I used a heart and a egg cutter like this:

and just 'smushed' the nose part so it wasn't too pointy before baking.

To decorate I scraped a little black icing over where the mouth would go, and piped some brown to make the bump for his nose and let these both dry. Once dry I flooded it, covering the entire nose part (round the top too). For this you need a thicker icing than flood icing. To make the holes I thought I'd try the coconut crater technique from Georganne at Lilaloa using a thinner icing (you can see the spots in the third picture). I'm not sure I did it right so after about an hour I helped them long with a scribe tool. Patience is a virtue you know, but I'm just that not virtuous ;)
I'm really pleased with his little nose! (It shows up better on the top photo) I've always just piped details on after flooding, never before. I didn't think it would work, and to be honest, I think I could have gone for a bigger bump, but now I know I can do it, the possibilities are endless! Well, probably not endless but you know what I mean!

For the scream mask, I used the egg cutter again and just gave it a bit of a stretch downwards. I scraped some black icing all over the biscuit. When this was dry I piped where the eyes, mouth and nose were to be and flooded the biscuit. In hindsight, I would have just scraped where the black was to show through because some of black bled into the white! Oops! When the white was dry I added some details to the eyes and a black hood.

For Jason's hockey mask, I mixed elements of the Hannibal and scream mask by adding some black for the eyes and a bump for the nose. Once the white flood had dried I used Lizy B's antiquing cookies technique to make the mask look dirty, the bleeding from the black underneath actually helped here! Totally skillful on my part, honestly!! Once dry, I added some straps with brown icing and the holes with a food marker.

Last but not least is the Saw mask. I wasn't really a fan of this film but I love the cookies, they turned out really creepy!! I used the kopykake for the shape, after the black for the eyes had dried. Then I added the details: red eyes and mouth, cheeks with a red swirl while still wet (wish I'd tried my 'bump' technique here but never mind!), nose, eyebrows and hair and you have one freaky looking clown-dude, puppet, er, thing!
What do you think of the bumpy icing technique? I will definitely be trying this again. Although, I chickened out of the Michael Myers and leather-face masks! They were ever-so slightly waaaay beyond me...maybe next year!!

So which other scary movies are you rolling out to watch this month? Silence of the Lambs will definitely be on my playlist, you can keep the rest, I need my sleep! Oh, and trust me these Hannibal biscuits go great with some fava beans and Chianti.....OK, OK, they go better with milk but I just couldn't resist!!