Birdhouse cookie pops and easy cake/cookie pop stand

December 23rd, 2013

Cookie pop stand

Hope everybody already finished all your Christmas preparations and shopping, so you can have time to make these pretty mini birdhouse cookie pops. I bet you also will have time to make this super easy snowy cookie pop stand to display them.

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Winter Gingerbread Birdhouse- Casita de Gengibre

December 12th, 2013

I won the most recent Cake Central inspirational Challenge! The theme was Birdhouses and you can see the images included in the inspirational board here. My entry included a big gingerbread Birdhouse, some medium, and tiny little one as cupcake topper and pops. Also decorated cookies.
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The best part is that my creations will be feature in Cake Central Magazine

Let me share with you the steps to create the big bird house.

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Christmas Season is here ! – JW Marriot Resort and Spa

December 5th, 2013

I’m already in the Christmas spirit thanks to JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa! My family enjoyed their spectacular JW Illumination holiday light show where hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights are choreographed to joyful holiday music as part of the resort’s outdoor wonderland. I haven’t started baking this year’s Christmas treats yet so I will share a special treat we got and pictures of our visit to the JW Marriott;  just to cheer up your Holiday spirit !.

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 This is a special Holiday cookie with the resort logo imprinted in milk chocolate.  Not only did the cookie look amazing but it was delicious!

Let me share all the details from our incredible evening in the JW Marriot.

  JW Resort at dusk Picture courtesy of  JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort &Spa

 Tinsel the JW Elf  was our host. My kids love her! If you want to meet her, Tinsel will be visiting the Village Shopping Center’s Toy’s for Tots event on Dec. 14th

Tinsel 5x7_3 Picture courtesy of the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort &Spa

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Autumn Quilt Cookies – Cake Central Inspiration Challenge’s runner up

November 27th, 2013

On this special time of the year Cake  Central invited all its members to join its Autumn Quilt Inspiration Challenge, and my cookies place as a runner up

Autumn Quilt Inspiration Challenge

All entries must be inspired by the designs and colors included in this Autumn Quilt Inspiration – Pinterest board.

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Scarecrow Thanksgiving cookies

November 26th, 2013

Scarecrow Wreath

Scarecrow Wreath

More fall cookies – Scarecrows and fall wreaths!!

For the big scarecrows I use a witch face cookie cutter from a Wilton Halloween set and for the wreath cookies I use a Christmas Wreath cutter and the same technique that I use for my 3-D fall Tree cookie last year. Actually this set is also from last year cookies.

As you can see in the next picture I also use mini cutters in combination with the Christmas Wreath, I use a mini skull cutter upside down for the scarecrow.

 

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4th of July Cookies – Born in the USA Cookies

July 3rd, 2013

Two months ago I had my cake club annual event called Day of Sharing and the theme was “Born in the U.S.A.”  This was the post card for publicity and the cake is mine!!

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I made this cookies for the event but they are perfect as 4th of July cookies.

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I didn’t know what to do with the maps, but they turn out good with a simple design

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 The cookies were a present for demonstrators and vendors. I found cute little stars and stripes’ cupcake boxes in Hobby Lobby that were the perfect size for the cookies.

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If you want an easy 4th of July cookie just go for simple stars cookies with dots and strait lines and play with colors. You will have something like this

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or this

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Happy 4th of July !!

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Easter cookies with mini roses – galletas de Pascua con mini rosas

April 3rd, 2013

I didn’t plan to make any cookies for Easter but my dear friend Path called to request some.  I usually decide in advance what shapes, cutter or color scheme I’m going to use but she needed the cookies for the next day, so I just use roses for inspiration.

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I recently took my first cake decorating class (I’ll tell you the story later), and the instructor show us, how to make toothpick roses. I wanted to give it a try and this was the perfect opportunity.

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Basically you pipe a rose using the common method but instead of a nail you use a toothpick as a base (it help you to move the rose around) then you insert in it a little piece of wax paper (this will support the mini rose). You need to use stiff consistency royal icing. Start piping the center of the rose in a circular motion and then the individual petal. I use tip #101 for this roses. Finally you take out the wax paper from the toothpick and let it dry for several hours.

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Once I have the roses I just put them everywhere,
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For the Easter eggs I combine them with this wet on wet roses
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Of course you can make them in different sizes. You can see 3 different sizes here.

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Please if you have any questions just let me know, I’ll be more than happy to help

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Fall cookies – Galletas de Otoño

November 28th, 2012

I really enjoy making these set of cookies because I use different techniques – stencils, pearls and splash painting. The inspiration came from Sugarbelle recent post.

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3D Autum Tree cookie tutorial – Guia de como hacer un galleta Arbol de otoño en 3D

November 19th, 2012

Fall finally found south Texas !! I live in San Antonio and until last week we were still wearing our summer clothes. Halloween was over and Thanksgiving was around the corner but I wasn’t in the holidays mood at all. Then suddenly cold weather kick in and now . . . Fall tree-m5cake 1

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I’m back with the Day of the Dead celebration!!!! ya regrese . . . no estaba muerta andaba de parranda Dia de Muertos

November 2nd, 2012

I spend months crying because all my 2012 posts get lost. One day at the end of June they just disappear and to add to the drama the back up I supposedly had . . . didn’t work. This blog is my hobby but still is a lot of work and time that get lost. I finally stop my lament because my followers in Facebook keep growing even though I’m not posting anything new since this happen. Thank you to all of you !!!!!.  So to close that horrible episode in my blogging life I will re post in the near future some of the cakes and cookies that get lost (you can still find all the pictures on my flickr account), but for now let’s celebrate “El Dia de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) . This is a celebration that really get close to my heart when I moved away from my hometown in Mexico. Is a beautiful tradition that honor our love ones that left before us . . .

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I had a lot of fun playing with an airbrush for the first time (just in the flowers). Not as hard as I thought but definitely I need to take some painting classes and practice a lot. My friend “Y” from my cake club hear that I want to experiment with airbrushing and kindly offer that I could borrow hers. Thank you “Y” you are super nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I also played with painting with gel colors. All the details in black and some orange were made with a tiny paint brush.

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I also baked “Pan de Muerto” (Bread of dead ones) that is traditionally baked in Mexico for this celebration and one of my favorite breads. I craved it really bad when I was pregnant and even though you can find it here in San Antonio,  Texas . It is a really soft sweetbread, flavored with “agua de Azahar” (orange flower water) and decorated with bone-like pieces.

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The recipe for the bread is from “mis recetas favoritas” blog and turn out really good. The bread was fluffy and the flavor delicious. She has two recipes , I use the first one.

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Hope you enjoyed my take on this celebration and don’t forget to visit my last year “Day of the Dead Cake and cookies”  post. It feels good to be back, see you soon.
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