Well, the 12 Days of Cookies are over, and Christmas is here! It’s tradition in our family to watch A Christmas Story all…day…long… My dad’s a HUGE fan. So, to make him smile, I decorated these leg lamp cookies:
leg lamp sugar cookie royal icing christmas story

‘It’s a major award!”

I got the cutter from A Christmas Story House and highly recommend them for any Ralphie-themed gifts you need to get in the future!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Day 9 – Mittens and Stockings

It’s Day 9 of the 12 Days of Cookies! I hope you’re all staying warm – wherever you are in blogger land!

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Both the mittens and stockings were flooded with thinned down royal icing and then the extra little details were added after they dried.

Have you been making holiday cookies? I’d love to hear about them and see them! Email them to me or leave a comment with your own blog post link!

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Quick and Beautiful Christmas Cakes

Ok, folks. Christmas is quickly approaching. If you’ve thought about bringing a festive cake to your family celebration, you better get baking soon!

But you don’t have to spend hours and hours on a cake for it to look gorgeous, elegant, and Christmas-y!

Make a cake that looks like a gift!

Here’s one I did for my friend Nikki’s office holiday party:

buttercream gift cake blue bow
It’s a simple buttercream-iced cake with a fondant bow. You could slap that together in a couple of hours, right?!

Here’s a close-up of the bow and the gift tag:

buttercream gift cake blue bow
Next up, here’s a display cake I made for the showroom. It’s covered with fondant and airbrushed gold. Again, the bow is made out of fondant.

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Here’s a similar concept, where the cake was covered in white fondant and topped with a big loopy gift bow. Here, you have to have a little more time because each of those loops has to completely dry before you can assemble the bow.

buttercream gift cake red bow
And, if you’re feeling particularly ambitious or you’re trying to feed a small army, here’s some inspiration for you:

blue white gift cake bow
That’s 4 cakes covered in white fondant and decorated with blue fondant box tops, ribbons, and bows.

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Will you be making a cake for your get-together this week?

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Day 8 – Joy!


Can you believe we’re only 5 days away from Christmas! Not much time left for your many to-do lists! Am I stressing you out? Sorry! Ironically enough, I JUST ran across this website 100 Days to Christmas. It helps you plan and get ahead for the holidays so you don’t feel so frantic. Might be worth checking out for next year…

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Day 4 – Ornament Cookies

These are some of my favorite cookies that I’ve included in the 12 Days of Cookies. They’re simple Christmas ornaments, but each one is different…and so easy to do!

christmas ornament cookies royal icing
christmas ornament cookies royal icingFor the blue one on the left: Flood the ornament with blue royal icing. Let that dry overnight, and then go back with white and 2 shades of blue royal icing and add the dots, curves, and lines.

For the Peace ornament: Flood a rectangle in the center with green royal icing. Then flood the top and bottom sections with white royal icing. To make the red polka dots, just add them to the white flooded icing while it’s still wet! Once the green dries, go back and write “peace.” Easy!

For the Joy ornament: Use the same technique as the Peace ornament, but drag a toothpick through the flooded icing to get that cool pattern. Then write “joy” after the red icing has dried.

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For the blue ornament on the left: Again, flood the ornament with blue royal icing. After it dries overnight, go back with white royal icing and add all the details.

For the ornament on the far right: Flood the center portion red. Then, go back and flood sections white and green. Once all the flooded area has dried, just go back and add the details.

Need a more detailed tutorial, check out this one on Bake at 350.

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Bertie Heating and Air Holiday House Cake

This week, we got to make a fun cake for Bertie Heating & Air’s holiday party. They wanted a cake in the shape of a house decorated for Christmas! But they also wanted it to resemble their company logo:


No problemo!

bertie heating and air christmas house chimney front porch
The cake itself was 2 stories high, meaning it was equivalent to 2 tiers of cake…or about 10-12 inches tall. The chimney was made of Rice Krispies Treats, and the bricks were individually cut and set in place.

bertie heating and air christmas house chimney front porch
I made the front porch awning out of Rice Krispies Treats and hand-cut the letters for Bertie logo.

bertie heating and air christmas house chimney front porch
Of course, we had to include an air conditioning unit!

bertie heating and air christmas house chimney front porch
And the Christmas lights. They were SO tiny! I had to take a picture with my pinky finger next to one so you could get an idea of how small they were. They were individually glued in place with royal icing!

bertie heating and air christmas house chimney front porch
But it was all so worth it when the customer picked up the cake. She said she’d dreamed of the cake the night before and had goosebumps when she saw it.

This kind of reaction is what we cake decorators live for!

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