Tutorial for Decorating Sugar Cookies

Emoji Cookies

Decorating sugar cookies is so fun and once you get the hang of it, it can be so easy! I realized I didn’t have a tutorial when my good friend Elsa asked me if I had a recipe for royal icing.  I hope this tutorial can help teach you how to decorate cookies and be sure to watch the video at the end!

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Mirror Glaze Heart

heart1I bought this new heart mold from Silikomart to make a heart mousse cake for Valentines Day.  I love the mold because it is silicon, and it has a heart cut out piece so you can cut out a heart shape that fits just inside the mold.  You can cut out the sponge cake base, and the fruit or chocolate insert.  I still need to practice some more with the mold but it is great!

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Pana cotta and Mousse Entremet


Panna cotta is an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with gelatin and molded. The cream may be aromatized with, coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.  For this entremet, I chose to make vanilla bean panna cotta, chocolate mousse, and chocolate sable Breton.

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Chocolate and Caramel Mousse Entremet

mirror glaze entremetI had so much fun pouring the mirror glaze on this cake with my mom! It was fun making her laugh when I tried to put the extra glaze back inside the bowl and it got all over my hands.  It was fun watching her be amazed as I poured the stripes and they sunk into the mirror glaze and dripped off.  It was really great having my mom here seeing this process and appreciating how much work goes into this simple looking cake!! I made this donut shaped entremet with caramel mousse in the center, and chocolate mousse on the outside, and covered in white chocolate mirror glaze.  I made this cake for my good friend Lynn’s son who is getting baptized! Her son has been friends with my son since they were 1 years old! I can’t believe he’s 8 now and getting baptized!

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Cheesecake Red Velvet Layer Cake


This red velvet cheesecake is the ultimate layer cake! It has three layers of red velvet cake, two layers of cheesecake, buttercream frosting, and candied cranberries on top! This cake is tall, dramatic, and vibrant. The red velvet cake is moist, melt in your mouth soft, with that light chocolatey buttermilk flavor.  The cheesecake layers are smooth, rich, and creamy.  Together, the layers make the perfect combination.

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Eggnog Tres Leches Layer Cake

1My Grandma Mary made the best Eggnog at Christmas time.  It was thick, creamy and delicious.  I always looked forward to her eggnog and Christmas cookies.  She would make a huge batch of sugar cookies, always sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon.  I can almost taste them just thinking about them!  I really miss my Grandma.  I wonder if she knows how much we talk about and think about her cooking, her “yummy stuff” as my sisters and I call it (or Grandmas macaroni as some of the family calls it), her taquitos, her beans and rice, her eggnog… the list can go on and on.  I made this eggnog tres leches cake in honor of my Grandma and her famous eggnog.  I hope it tastes at least half as good as hers!

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Chocolate Candy Cake

1My son is still keeping track of his half birthdays, and wanted to celebrate turning 7 1/2  🙂 He requested a candy cake with all his favorite chocolate candy.  It was really fun decorating with candy, and I loved seeing his face when he noticed his new favorite cookies and cream Hershey’s bar! This is a 6 inch cake with four layers of chocolate mud cake.  It is so yummy and dense, almost like a fudgy brownie.  The trick is that I put melted chocolate right in the cake batter! There are three kinds of fillings in this cake- raspberry, blackberry, and ganache.  It is frosted with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream and has a chocolate glaze drip.

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