Dani’s Blog: THE JUICE

The Tale of 3 Princess Cookies

My favorite Newlyweds with their Princess Bride and Knight Wedding Cake Topper Cookies

My favorite Newlyweds with their Princess Bride and Knight Wedding Cake Topper Cookies

Back in October I designed 2 cookie cutters based on the “Fairytale” theme of the wedding I was designing for my brother-in-law and his lovely bride-to-be (blog on that coming soon). People cookies are kind of my specialty and they requested storybook characters to fit their theme. We were all really happy with the way the Princess Bride and Knight cookie cake toppers turned out. (See the whole cookie set here) Since her dress is so fabulous, I have lots of ideas on how to decorate this princess…

Princess Snowflake and Princess Valentie pose for a Princess Selfie!

Heyyy!!! Princess Snowflake and Princess Valentie pose for a Princess Selfie!

The process for icing this princess is pretty much the same as far as the step by step… Feel free to insert any alternate colors or design her dress completely!  Here’s a how-to-ice step by step…

Here's our blank Princess cookie made with this cutter

Here’s our blank Princess cookie made with this cookie cutter.

Using fleshtone royal icing, ice the face, neck and neckline and the arms

Using fleshtone royal icing, ice the face, neck and neckline and the arms

If making Princess Valentine add a heart, for Princess Snowflake add a snowflake.

If making Princess Valentine add a heart, for Princess Snowflake add a snowflake. Let icing harden for an hour or so.

Once skin is dry enough, add hair color of your choice. Princess Valentine has wavy hair so we added a wavy edge.

Once skin is dry enough, add hair color of your choice. Princess Valentine has wavy hair so we added a wavy edge.

Once the hair is dry, add the grey or gold crown. If using disco dust, the hair must be fully dry. Next ice in the top half of your Princess dress. Use a toothpick to push the icing down behind the snowflake or heart.

Once the hair is dry, add the grey or gold crown and add dragees to the tips. If using disco dust, the hair must be fully dry. Dot on two eyes using a toothpick- you can also do this step while icing the hair. Next, ice in the top half of your Princess dress. Use a toothpick to push the icing down to the edge of the arms and behind the snowflake or heart.

Princess Snowflake has a lacy edge made with mini snowflakes at the top of her dress. Princess Valentine's dress has a tiny heart pattern.

Princess Snowflake has a lacy edge made with mini snowflakes at the top of her dress. Princess Valentine’s dress has a tiny heart pattern.

Next, ice the bottom of the dress and add the snowflake or heart pattern. Use a toothpick to dot on red or pink lips.

Next, ice the bottom of the dress and add the snowflake or heart pattern. Use a toothpick to dot on red or pink lips.

Once the dress and lips are dry, brush on luster dust cheeks.

Once the dress and lips are dry, brush on luster dust cheeks.

For the final finishing touch, add the hair definition lines. For Princess Valentine, make the lines slightly wavy. We used straight lines on Princess Snowflake.

For the final finishing touch, add the hair definition lines. For Princess Valentine, make the lines slightly wavy. We used straight lines for Princess Snowflakes straight hair.

I set Princess Snowflake up for a beauty show in the aftermath of our last snowstorm.

I set Princess Snowflake up for a beauty shot in the aftermath of our last snowstorm.

Meanwhile, Princess Valentine is keeping watch over our beautiful and relish Valentine candy!

Meanwhile, Princess Valentine is keeping watch over our beautiful and delish Valentine candy!

We’d love to see your Princess cookies! Don’t forget to share them with us on Facebook or tag us on instagram @SweetDaniB. Happy baking and icing! Life is Sweet! Xo Dani

Taylor Swift Cookie Favors

OMG sweet Swifties! Is that a Taylor Swift cookie?!

OMG! I’m just gonna shake!

Everybody knows how much I love a good dance party, so it should be no surprise that I am a proud Swiftie (For those who do not know the lingo: huge Taylor Swift fan)! I will keep the gushing to a minimum here but to sum it up I requested one song only at the last wedding we went to, it was “Shake it Off”, and I practically knocked my newly married sister-in-law over on my way running to the dance floor! So, when Roe Francesca, wife of the famous and amazing Mike Francesca, asked me to do cookies for her daughter’s 10th birthday party I couldn’t say “Yes, please!” fast enough.

Here's Emily Francesca at the Jingle Ball with Taylor Swift and her friend Kate!

Here’s Emily Francesca (on the right) at the Jingle Ball with Taylor Swift and her friend Kate! Amazing photo! They said “she was so nice!”

Of course no ordinary cookie cutter would do for this assignment so I emailed my fairy cookie Mother, Beth Braman of CopperGifts.com and we promptly designed two new cookie cutters based on the idea of a singer and a rock star guitar player. Yes!!!

SDB Cookie Cutters: Singer and SDB Rock Star Guitar Player

Our first new cookie cutters of 2015, the Singer and Rock Star Guitar Player

It was not easy to decide which fashion forward Taylor Swift outfit we we would be icing. Since Emily met Taylor at the Jingle Ball, I decided we had to go with her amazing plaid pant on stage look. The guitar cookie inspiration was one of her looks from her VH1 Storytellers show… Obviously that glitter guitar of hers was not something I could pass up! With the cookie cutters hot off the cookie press, I got right to work…

To ice the guitar player cookie, I sketched in the guitar using a foodoodler...

To ice the guitar player cookie, I sketched in the guitar using a foodoodler

...then iced it using grey icing...

…then iced it using grey icing…

...then sprinkled it with sanding sugar.

…then sprinkled it with silver course sanding sugar.

Just when I thought I was done with the Taylor singer cookie, the fashionista in me noted that this plaid could be better...

Just when I thought I was done with the Jingle Ball Taylor singer cookie, the fashionista in me noted that this plaid could be better…

...so I added a fine line to the squares using a blue foodoodler. Yes!

…so I added a fine line to the squares using a blue foodoodler. Yes!

I added a gumdrop heart to each favor box.

I added a gumdrop heart to each favor box

We made a special "Shake Shake Shake" cookie box for the birthday girl!

We made a special “Shake Shake Shake” cookie box for the birthday girl!

...which her Dad surprised me by showing on camera on his show! (Thanks to my friend Lynn for sending me this amazing pic! I was sitting there, mouth open in shock!)

…which her Dad surprised me by showing on camera on his show! AMAZING! Thank you Mike! (Also, thanks to my friend Lynn for sending me this amazing pic!)

The "icing on the cake"? Cookie cake toppers! Yes!!!

The “icing on the cake”? Cookie cake toppers! Yes!!!

Happy Birthday Emily! I hope you had the most amazing day celebrating! Thank You for such a fun cookie assignment!

And… Dear Taylor Swift, If you are reading this by any chance, hit me up if you’d ever like to BAKE BAKE BAKE together! I hear you are a very talented baker already… my only request is that we dance in between cookie drying time. Life is Sweet! Xo Dani