Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit

This sugar cookie decorating kit is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Give the gift of cozy Christmas cheer!

Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit with Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Um how is Christmas already just a week away!! Time is flying! I thought I would share a fun, last minute gift today. If you area already making cookies why not package a few undecorated ones up to share. I love the idea of a sugar cookie decorating kit. Its such a fun way to gift cookies to friends and family. Let them have the fun of decorating the cookies any way they please! This would be a great afternoon activity for kids or its a fun activity to do while watching your favourite Christmas movie. Its perfect to get into the festive spirit.

To Make the Kit

I used a wire basket lined with a Christmas tea towel as the base of my kit. In the kit, for the cookie decorating I included: some fresh baked cookies, royal icing in a squeeze bottle, and some fun festive sprinkles. Of course I had to include some fun extras too. Homemade hot chocolate mix (recipe below), a holiday mug and a cute spoon round out my cookie decorating kit. I cellophane the entire kit and added a cookie cutter - just incase they want to make more cookies themselves! You could also include some homemade marshmallows, a fun ornament, pipping bags and tips, a fun spatula… the possibilities are endless!

Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit with Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

1 c cocoa powder

1 c powdered sugar

1/2 c mini chocolate chips

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, powdered sugar and mini chocolate chips. Use a funnel to transfer mix into a small mason jar.

For One Hot Chocolate: Heat one cup of milk with 1 tbsp of pre-made hot chocolate mix. Stir until all of the mix has dissolved.

Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit with Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Sugar Cookie Decorating Kit with Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Tulip Sugar Cookie Bouquet Tutorial

A quick and simple sugar cookie decorating tutorial to learn how to make a water colour tulip sugar cookie bouquet.

Learn how to make a water colour tulip sugar cookie bouquet perfect for spring

This is a fun and simple spring sugar cookie tutorial. It would make the perfect Mother's Day gift! It would also be appropriate for spring birthdays, Easter or a fun house warming present! Or you know just because! I love that the presentation makes it look like a luxurious bouquet of tulips. I like that with this method you do not have to add sticks to your cookies, which saves time. I decided to use the water colour technique to paint my cookies rather than tint the icing and flood the cookies one solid colour.  I think that by using the gel food colouring like paint it adds dimension to the cookies and gives them a more realistic look. This decorating technique is quick, simple and perfect for beginners. 

Tips for making a Tulip Sugar Cookie Bouquet 

  • Make sure your royal icing is a good flooding consistency. You will want it to be thin enough to flood your cookies, but not too thin that it runs everywhere! I like to use a 10 second icing for these cookies. That means that when I run an knife through my bowl royal icing it takes around 10 seconds for the line to disappear. The faster the line disappears the thinner the icing.
  • Flood your tulip cookies in three parts, allowing the icing to dry or set up for 15-20 minutes in between each part. This will give the cookie dimension.  First flood the left petal, allowing the icing to dry slightly before flooding the right. Finally flood the middle petal and the stem.
  • Make sure your cookie are completely dry before painting them with the gel colours. I like to allow my cookies to dry over night. Even if the cookies look dry and are dry to the touch, the added moisture from the water/alcohol can cause cracks or dents in your cookie. 
  • When painting sugar cookies I use Wilton brand gel colours, a variety of small clean food only paint brushes that I purchased from my local craft store and either water or some form of clear alcohol (such as white rum or vodka). 
  •  Royal icing can only take so much moisture before it starts to crumble and create holes or bubbles within the frosting. This makes it difficult to layer your colour or build up a design on the cookie. I find that using a clear alcohol typically produces better results then using water as it evaporates faster from the cookie. 
  • Use paper towel or an extra flooded cookie to test out your colour blends before painting your actual cookies
  • For more tips on decorating with Royal Icing - check out this post.

 

 

Watercolour sugar cookie tulip bouquet perfect for spring

Tulip Sugar Cookie Bouquet Tutorial

 

You'll Need 

2-3 dozen sugar cookies in tulip and leaf shapes 

1 recipe of royal icing

12 inch pipping bag 

coupler 

Small Round Pipping Tip (like Wilton 3)

Paint pallet (or plate)

Gel Colours ( I used Wilton Pink, Christmas Red, Peach, Leaf Green, Yellow and Orange)

water or clear alcohol 

paint brush (only used for food) 

Brown Kraft Paper or Burlap 

Ribbon 

 

Directions

With your royal icing at a flood consistency (around 10 second icing), flood your tulip cookies in three parts, allowing the icing to dry or set up for 15-20 minutes in between each part. This will give the cookie dimension.  First flood the left petal, allowing the icing to dry slightly before flooding the right. Finally flood the middle petal and the stem. Outline and flood the leaves.

Steps by step how to flood tulip sugar cookies for a cooke bouquet

Allow the cookies to dry completely before moving onto the next step. 

Add your gel colours to your pallet. Using your paint brush and the water or alcohol, thin and blend your gel colours as you would water colour paints, until you reach your desired shades. 

Paint your tulip and leaf cookies as desired. Allow the paint to dry completely before packaging cookies into bouquets.

 

 
Water Colour Tulip Sugar Cookie Bouquet 

Buttercream Rosette Cake Tutorial

A quick and simple cake decorating tutorial to learn how to make a buttercream rosette cake using just a Wilton 1B decorating tip! 

Learn how to make a buttercream rosette cake using just a Wilton 1B decorating tip!

I have made this rosette cake more times that I can count. It is my go-to decorating technique when I need an elegant yet striking cake design. It looks beautiful on it's own or incorporated into a tiered cake design - like this wedding cake I made for my cousin.  I love that it only uses one decorating tip! This decorating technique is quick, simple and perfect for beginners. 

Tips for making a buttercream Rosette Cake

  • Make sure you have enough icing - these roses use up a lot. For an 8 inch cake - filled, crumb coated and covered in roses you will need 2-3 batches of this buttercream

  • Always ice a cold cake. If you try to ice a cake that is still warm from the oven the icing will just melt right off the cake

  • Add a good crumb coat to your cake before pipping your rosettes. This will lock in any crumbs and create a good base layer of colour for your cake - this is especially important if you are icing a dark cake (like chocolate) with a light colour frosting

  • Chill your cake in between adding the crumb coat and adding the rosettes. This will allow your crumb coat to set up

  • I prefer the look of a taller cake when decorating with rosettes. Go 3 or 4 layers high - trust me :)

  • Create rosettes around the sides of your cake first. Start your rosettes at the bottom of your cake and work your way up to the top

  • When you get near the end of the frosting in your pipping bag, make sure it has enough to complete a rose. It is harder to create the rosettes with a near empty bag (as you can see from my video below - I didn't always take my own advice...)

  • Add swoops or stars to fill in any gaps between roses

How to pipe a rosette? 

Start in what you want to be the centre of the rosette, and using even pressure slowly create a circle (or swirl) around the centre of the rose in a counter-clockwise direction.

What tip to use for a rosette cake? 

Any large star tip will work for creating a rosette cake. My preference is for the Wilton 1B decorating tip. I have seen other beautiful rosette cakes using the Wilton 1M and 2D tips as well. 

 

Learn how to make a buttercream rosette cake using just a Wilton 1B decorating tip!

Rosette Buttercream Cake Tutorial

 

You'll Need 

A 6 or 8 inch cake

Buttercream frosting (2-3 batches)

Pipping bag & tip (1B, 2D or 1M)

Offset spatula

Directions

Start with a 6 or 8 inch layered cake. Using your offset spatual, apply a crumb coat, using the same colour of frosting that you will be making your rosettes out of. It doesn't have to be neat, but it should cover the cake enough to keep all of the crumbs in and so the cake doesn't show through in between any gaps of the rosettes.

Place your decorating tip inside of your pipping bag and fill with your buttercream frosting. Start piping your rosettes on the sides of your cake first, working your way to the top and finishing the with top of your cake. To pipe a rosette: start in what you want to be the centre of the rosette, and using even pressure slowly create a circle (or swirl) around the centre of the rose in a counter-clockwise direction. Fill in any gaps between your rosettes with stars or swirls. 

 

 
Learn how to make a buttercream rosette cake using just a Wilton 1B decorating tip!