Tag Archives: Decorating

Superbowl Snacktime

6 Feb

Hope you guys all had a fabulous superbowl! I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly a fan of either team (this California girl was cheering for the 49ers) but I was really excited to get together with my friends and eat some amazing food! Juliana, of the blog Novice Noms made AMAZING, sour cream, cheesy delicious dip, and of course, I was in charge of bringing the baked goods.

I decided to stick with the sugar cookie category because they are easy to bake (I already had all the ingredients), easy to transport and super fun to decorate! So, my contribution to the party were these adorable football sugar cookies (can we call footballs adorable??)

I know that the season is over, but hopefully these inspire you to make other sports-themed sugar cookies–it is still basketball season, after all. Or these would make a great treat for a baby shower for someone who is having a boy, or a birthday party for a sports enthusiast.

I present…football sugar cookies. Recipe adapted from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Directions

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm (I left mine in the fridge for about 2 hours). Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Using a pre-made football (or any shape) stencil, cut dough in desired shape.

Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Let cool completely before frosting.

Football detailing: 

Frost cookies completely with chocolate frosting. Using a 1/4 inch piping tip (or using a ziplock bag with the corner cut off) draw the lace details with white icing. Bring to party and let friends eat and enjoy!

Yields ~40 cookies.

 

I was super stoked with how these came out. They were such a hit and I will definitely be making these again–and branch out into different sports. When baseball season starts, expect a baseball cookie post :) Have fun baking–it’s a cake walk!

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Decorating Tips: Frosting!

27 Feb

The frosting on a dessert is the finishing touch. It adds a dab of creativity and makes your baked good complete. The baked good that is most popular for its frosting finish is the cupcake. Unfortunately, this is  my least favorite part about buying a cupcake from a bakery. I am not a fan of heavy, very sugary and thick frostings that often crowns the delicious dessert. But when I try to re-create the signature frosting swirls at home, it just doesn’t look the same–until I discovered this easy decorating trick that doesn’t require the purchase of any expensive frosting bags or frosting tips. All you need is your favorite frosting (store-bought or homemade works), and a Ziploc bag.

In the video below, I demonstrate how easy it is to make your own decorative frosting swirl, with as much, or as little frosting as your heart desires. Take a look! (Note: I am in NO WAY a professional cinematographer, and shot this video with the microwave as my tripod. And my film production roommate was out of town! Darn it!)

I want to see how your frosting swirls turn out! Email me pictures of your latest baking creations to be featured on the site: itsacakewalkblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Have fun decorating! Remember–it’s a cake walk!

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