The Dallas Bakes blog took a brief hiatus, but the bakers have been busy! The next few posts will catch you up on our Spring and Summer projects.
In April, we decorated lace initials for a cousin’s bridal luncheon. Our detailed lace pattern is one of our favorite designs (even though it’s the most time consuming!) The background is a pale blush pink with white piped lace, and these sweet A’s were individually packaged as favors for the bride, bridesmaids, and close family. We loved being a part of this special day!
We hosted a baby shower for our cousin a few weeks ago. One of my favorite baby shower cookies are these little elephants that we’ve created, and that inspired the theme of the party – baby elephants everywhere! We also wanted to have a cake as a centerpiece to match the elephants. The cake was a four-layer dark chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream filling and vanilla buttercream on the outside. We created the ombre effect by applying each color layer and then blending them gradually. The elephant cookies were on display next to the guestbook (we had a cute little Dr. Seuss book everybody signed), as favors for people to take on their way out.
I’ve been wanting to try a turkey platter for awhile now, after seeing these created by a few cookie idols of mine. But I wanted this one to be a little different. We had created some leaves last year that had just the same look I was going for, so the only thing left to decide was whether the feathers should be color-separated, or just placed randomly. I went for random and quite like the effect!
The beauty of this is that as everyone eats the feather cookies, you can just re-arrange them to keep the display perfect throughout your Thanksgiving celebration. That is, if they don’t get all eaten at once!
We recently made cookies for the teachers of a local school, a way for the parents to say “thank you” for their care and patience. As you can see, we had a lot of fun making these, and made a few extra letter grades.
Don’t worry, we only handed out the A+ cookies!
Our latest cookie project was one of our favorites – blue elephants for a baby shower. These little guys were simple to make, but had so much personality! We wrapped them individually and finished them off with a bow, making them perfect for favors for guests who attended the shower. Now all we need to do is name this little guy!
We recently made cookies for wedding welcome baskets, and what better way to say “Welcome to Dallas” than with Texas cookies? With hand-piped lacework, we made these mint Texas cookies to match the bride and groom’s shabby chic theme along with monogrammed circle cookies with icing pearl dots.
Best wishes to the newlyweds!
We’ve been experimenting with detailing, and tried out a lace effect on heart cookies last month. Needless to say, we loved the results. Hand-piped detailing, these took awhile to create, but the reaction of friends and family who received the cookies was worth it.
Snowflake and Christmas Tree Cookies
Fall Leaf Cookies
The holidays may be long gone, but through the chaos of shopping, wrapping and tradition, we found time to squeeze in a little baking. Because you can’t show up at a holiday party empty-handed! For Thanksgiving, we created pumpkin and fall leaf cookies, perfecting simplicity and exploring new techniques. For Christmas, we found that the perfect ice blue makes a huge difference in our detailed snowflake cookies and that a basic tree design can still impress.
Turtle Cookies / © Dallas Bakes! 2013
We recently made our Izzie’s Sugar Cookies for a baby shower with a fun theme – turtles! After experimenting with about 20 different shades of green, we were finally able to find the perfect ones to make these little guys pop. Not only did the children grab these cookies in stacks, but they also served as decor for the shower, acting as centerpieces on the tables.