Though not intentional I guess that I have been on somewhat of a blogging hiatus for the past several weeks. What can I say? Summer kicked itself into high gear and with it very many commitments for Ron and I. Judging by the number of baked goods photos I still have to edit and by the frequency of my posts of late, I think I have enough material to keep me blogging for a few months without stop! Seriously though, the pace of things around our home will be slowing significantly soon and I hope to be back on a more reasonable schedule with my site.
One of the more recent events that occurred was a very special one indeed. Our first grandchild celebrated a milestone this month. Yup, Ella is now in the double digits of birthdays having turned 10 on August 22nd. As always, her parents and sister celebrated the day together with her and the party with friends was held on Sunday evening. Ella decided on a Movie Night Theme for her gathering and after a shopping outing with her Mom all the supplies were purchased to ensure that the theme was fully carried out. From a Walk of Fame entrance for her birthday guests complete with a Movie Marquee that lit up to a Movie Viewing area pretty much everything was covered to ensure her friends would have an enjoyable time.
Ella is not a very big eater of sweets and she decided that instead of a baked cake for her birthday she wanted to have a cake made all from fresh fruit. A watermelon was purchased along with kiwis, melons, starwberries and grapes. Her Dad took on the honour of making his daughter’s birthday dessert. It was a huge hit and it was fun to watch eight girls devour it while they giggled and chatted around the table.
My contribution to this soiree was to create a cookie that coincided with the theme and since the swag bags were large plastic popcorn containers I chose to make large popcorn cookies to accompany the rest of the swag. As the cookies were 5 1/2 inches high and 4 inches wide at the top I had to use two different cutters. The popcorn container section of the cookie was made by re-shaping a large bell cookie cutter. A large fluted round cutter was used for the popcorn section of the cookie.
After the initial cuts, I used my kitchen bench scraper to flatten off both sections.
Moving the sections to the cookie sheet, the popcorn part is pressed lightly against the popcorn container piece prior to baking.
Once baked and cooled, the cookies were piped and flooded with white royal icing.
I used my edible icing images to create the popcorn container. I found red striped paper online and downloaded the image. Using picmonkey I edited the image to include *Ella’s 10th*. Once the edible images were printed, I cut them to fit the size and shape of the cookie bottoms.
I have found that once the cookies are flooded, waiting about fifteen minutes before attaching the edible image prevents the image from curling. In my experience, I have found that if I attach the edible image right after adding the flood icing it is the wetness of the icing that causes the curling of the edges of the image. Waiting 10-15 minutes allows your icing to settle a bit, to the tacky stage where the icing is still wet enough for your edible image to adhere to but not so wet as to cause the curling.
Now, here’s where I got so involved in the decorating process that I neglected to take any photos. I only have this one below from my Instagram feed. Basically, I waited until the top section of the iced cookie had dried and then began applying the icing popcorn. Using a #2 tip and white piping icing I made various sizes and shapes of icing drops. With yellow icing I added the butter. The design was finished off by piping a black line around the popcorn containers. Using the same red striped paper and in picmonkey I created the toppers for the cookie packaging.
This was a fun cookie to make and I loved being a part of my grand-daughter’s celebration with her friends. I’m grateful for the contribution of freedigistamps blog for the red striped paper and to the staff at my local video store The Movie People for providing me with six movie posters that added so much to Ella’s party theme.