Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Make your own Cookie Cutter Tutorial

Make your own Cookie Cutter Tutorial

Hi! I've been obsessed with cookies and cookie decorating lately!! OMG So obsessed that I have bought sooooo many cutters that I cant even count them anymore. I go looking everywhere, ebay, internet, malls, even in the kids sections with the toys, its incredible mi twin daughters are always saying more cutter Oh Mami! But I just love it. I dont have much experience decorating them and they dont come out so great but I have tons of fun making them. But when I want one that I dont find, what I do is make it. These aren't the most perfect ones but they do work well. Soooo well, that for a graduation I needed one in particular for a school logo and couldn't find it sooo, I made it and made 350 cookies and Its still running well.

Recently I came across a post made by  Marian at sweetopia.net and she made a beautiful baby elephant cookie for a baby shower and I just fell in love with.  This picture belongs to her.

Sooo, I decided to make the cutter myself because I couldn't find it. And here it is:

Ok to get it done we need various materials and they are:

  • Aluminum pan ( like the ones for turkey roasting)
  • large sissors
  • metal ruler
  • the picture or drawing of the cutter
  • pencil 
What I did was cut the pan in strips and eliminate any rough edges and the round corners always being careful not to cut yourself.

and also eliminate the round edge at the top. Then after cutting the strip I flatten them, I folded it in half, leaving a small edge at the top and straighten them out really neatly like this:

If the strips aren't long enough for my cutter I just join them together by putting one into the other and then folding the top edge down and there they will be like pinched together and won't come apart. This is where my metal ruler comes in handy.  It helps me fold and bend the aluminum being careful not to cut my self. 

Perfect!!   And we are ready to design your cutter.

Here is where the art comes in and the paper and pencil too. Create your design and draw it on a paper. That is going to be your guide. Here I use my pencil to give it the roundness to the cutter, it's much easier! Keep bending, keep bending, use your pencil to helpppp. 

When you reach the ends all you do is insert one into the other like a small pocket and press firmly. And there you have it, your own cute elephant cookie cutter. 

Enjoy making these, they are soooo much fun to make and you can make almost any shape. If you have any questions just comment below and do not forget to visit my friend at http://sweetopia.net/, shes awesome!! Also visit us at facebook!!

Have Fun!!!
Sweet Baking Boutique

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Zebra Print Cupcake Toppers Tutorial

Hi to you all! Today I will be posting my very first tutorial on how to make a zebra print cupcake topper! I'm so exited and nervous!!!

 Well the first thing we will need is flower paste or fondant. If you haven't ever made flower paste I will be posting the recipe later on after this tutorial. The material we need are:
  1. Paste (white/black for zebra)
  2. Rolling pin
  3. Round cutter or even flower shape if you like 
  4. Non-stick surface to work on 
  5. Crisco (to put on your hands before coloring paste for non-sticking)
  6. Small brush and a some water ( to work as glue)
  7. Some powder sugar if necessary 

Ok, Lets begin.  As you can see I divided the paste into two section one white and the small will be painted black with icing color (gel) for the stripes. Roll out your paste and cut out your circles or the form you may like your toppers to be, and put these aside to dry a little bit. Then we shall color the remaining paste
 in black and let it sit for a while in a small bag ( this is for the dark colors to darken a bit).

Ok after waiting a bit for the color to darken or you may do this anticipated so you dont have to wait and believe me I have seen the difference between making it before and just using it after painting. Sooo we roll it out and take the same cutter that you used before and cut out the shape as your topper.

And cut wierd strips out of it. One of the black cutouts with be enough for two white toppers. They look faded because I put powder sugar for non sticking issues. And now just use a little bit of water to glue them to your white toppers. You may glue them closer or with more space in between the strips, depends on how you like them. 

After the strips are glued to your white toppers, let them dry overnight or depending on the humidity in your area.  Once dried just frost your cupcakes and put on your toppers!!!
Hope you enjoy making these toppers, I know I surely did. They are soooo much fun to make and the finished product look sooo cute all put together.  If you have any questions, feel free to comment or email me.

Hola a todos!  Este seria mi primer tutorial y estoy super anxiosa y emocionada!!
Si nunca han hecho la pasta de flores  luego de este tutorial colocare la receta.

Necesitamos varios materiales:                                                                                                                      

  1. Pasta de Flores o Pasta Laminada
  2. Rolillo 
  3. Cortador (puede ser redondo o en forma deseada)
  4. Brocha y agua para utilizar como pega 
  5. Crisco ( para las manos antes de pintar la masa)
  6. Azucar en polvo ( para que no se pegue la masa a la mesa) 
  7. Superficie donde rolar 
Colocamos crisco o azucar en la mesa dependiendo de la humedad que tenga su masa para que esta no se pegue a la superficie, Como pueden ver en la foto, rolamos la pasta de flores blanca segun el grosor que desee y procedemos a cortar con su cortador (puede ser redondo o en la forma deseada). Los ponemos a un lado para que vayan secando mientras pintamos el restante de la pasta color negra (colorante en gel para glasa). Una vez pintada la colocamos en una bolsita plastica y la dejamos que tome un color mas intenso (esto lo pueden hacer con anticipacion). Una vez con el color deseando la estiramos y procedemos a cortar con el mismo cortador que utilizamos anteriormente para la pasta blanca, luego estos circulo lo cortas en rayas con movimiento segun las fotos para que no queden iguales. Tomamos nuestra brocha humeda y humedecemos la parte de atras de estas rayas y las pegamos a los toppers blancos segun deseado (ver fotos arriba).  Los dejamos secar 24hrs o dependiendo de la humedad en su area. Una vez todos secos, frostiamos nuestros cupcakes y solo colocamos nuestros toppers y listos!!!! A disfrutar! 
Espero que disfruten haciendo estos toppers para sus cupcakes tanto como yo lo hize. Si tienen alguna duda o pregunta sientase libre de dejeme un comentario. 

Sweet Baking Boutique

Flower Paste Recipe
1 Tbsp glucose (glucosa)
1 Tbsp Tylose 
3 Tbsp water (agua)
Powder sugar 
1 Tsp Crisco for the hands (para las manos)

Sift Sugar and Tylose in mixing bowl. Warm the glucose and water in micro for about 7-8 seconds and then pour into mixing bowl. Add sugar as needed until it forms a paste. Remove from mixer and onto table previously powdered with sugar, put crisco on hands so it doesnt sick to hands and knead to form a ball that does not sick to table, add sugar as needed. Put in plastic bag and let it rest for 24hrs.

Espanol: Cernir azucar 10x y tylose en bowl de mezcladora. Aparte calentar en micro la glucosa con el agua de 7-8 segundos hasta disolver y unir a azucar y tylose. Mezclar hasta formar una masa anadiendo azucar segun necesaria y luego llevar a la mesa y amazar, anadir azucar hasta que no se pegue a la superficie. Luego colocar en una bolsa plastica y dejar reposar por 24hrs.