While the judges are “still out” on the Intermediate Division Overall Winner title, I am going to hold off on the post for my cakes.
I know, I know. A little frustrating, but it is what it is. Until then let us talk cookies!
So for anyone reading who may not be familiar with some of the big events in Washington, D.C., we are currently in the peak season for the Cherry Blossoms. Thousands upon thousands of people travel from all over to visit the D.C. area to see the Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. The entire Tidal Basin is engulfed in a baby pink. It’s beautiful.
Below is a picture that The Boss took, it’ll give you the idea if you’re not familiar.
So due to the Cherry Blossom season I felt honored to pay tribute to our beautiful flower!
These Cookies were a bit of a process, so I’ll take you through my thoughts step by step.
I love big canvas panel art works. Even more so when there are several pieces of canvas that line up and the scene carries on across the many pieces. That was my thought here, I just had an internal struggle with how I wanted to cookies to line up. Straight and clean, or jumbled and modern.
Eventually I went with clean lines and a level set of cookies. Then it was time to sketch out how this was all going to come together.
I decided to initially pipe the outline of the tree onto the cookie set before airbrushing. I did this because I didn’t want to be guessing how low and high I wanted the sky and grasses. Essentially, this way my tree design drove the decision making while I had the airbrush in hand!
Once I was happy with the heights of the sky and grass, I filled in the tree with my brown royal icing. I loved the way this turned out, and even considered stopping here! The texture of the trunk was well beyond my expectations.
From here I started to spackle on the baby pink royal icing as well as piping in tiny red beads for more dimension.
That was supposed to be it. I was going to stop at the spackling and beads. But as I sat there and hemmed and hawed, I decided that the cookie could actually benefit from a third level of pink dimension. So I punched out the tiniest flowers that I had a cutter for.
While I really liked the extra “pop” of the pink flowers, they were almost too plain, and even took away from the detail of all of the red bead work I piped into the pink. Hmmmm
So I took all of the flowers back off and one by every stinkin’ one, I piped with royal icing and my 00 tip 3 little yellow and two black beads. Wow, my neck still hurts thinking about this.
This was only a fraction of the flowers!
Then I started to build the flowers back onto the tree.
Finally I was finished!
Like I said in yesterday’s post. I really had a soft spot for these cookies, I figured I had the best chance at taking an award with these.
Well, let’s see what the judges had to say about that:
I have several opinions about some of the comments made…but I’m going to keep them to myself. Well except that for the next time I cut out several hundred flowers tinier than the butt of a pencil eraser, shape them into 3D flowers, and pipe five different teeny-tiny royal icing beads into each and every one of those 250+ flowers, I’ll be sure to be more precise and detailed than that and also get out my ball tool and “soften their edges”???
Fear not, my feelings aren’t hurt. I loved these cookies, and I learned a lot from this whole process. Also, whether or not I agree with all of the feedback from the judges, it is always helpful to see my work through other peoples’ eyes.
These are the cookies that won overall best cookies. This was for everyone who entered a cookie set; ages 6 to master sugar artist. These were submitted by a professional (and pretty crazy impressive!).
And finally mine:
I hope you enjoyed my photo story of how I created these cookies! Did you get a chance to look through the album of Cake Entries that I posted yesterday. Did you have any favorites? Personally “The Flying Arnolds” was my absolute favorite!
Stay tuned for news on the cakes hopefully tomorrow!