Fire up your ovens! Pulled out your pans! Gather all your ingredients, it's time to create your gingerbread master piece!
Epicurean Delight is holding an online gingerbread contest! Open to all those that love to create!
The contest is open from now until Dec 31, 2014. Winners will be announced on Jan 5, 2015. Prizes will be award from companies such as Luck's Food Decorating Company, Satin Ice Rolled Fondant, Edible Artist Network, Marvelous Molds, NY Cake,, Icing Images, Cakefu and Susan Carberry Designs! Prize range from product gift sets, silicone molds, cutters to books and annual magazine subscriptions.
Special Judges' pick awards include an autographed copy of "Great Cake Decorating: Sweet Designs for Cake & Cupcakes" by Craftsy Instructor and Author, Erin Gardner. As well class gift certificates and dvds by Lambeth expert, Kathleen Lange. And thats just a few mentions, there so much more!
Michele Hopps of Epicurean Delights
Susan Carberry of Susan Carberry Designs & The Cake Cottage
Peggy Tucker of School of Cakelogy
Erin Gardner of Wild Orchid Baking & Craftsy Instructor
Michelle Curran Aka Chef Mitchie of Mitchies Munnchies
Amelia Carbine of CakeFu
Jason Everett of Jason's Sugar Shack
If you are looking for inspiration check out our two Pinterest pages one with gingerbread house inspiration and the other with all things gingerbread.
Have fun with it and we look forward to seeing your creations!
My Grandma passed away in March. She was known for her cookies. In fact some of her cookie recipes are the ones I use in my own shop. So when asked to bake cookies for her service, I wanted to do something that reflected some of the things that remind me of her.
The colors of spring, as that was the start of gardening season for grandma and her favorite time of year. The color yellow because she loved the sun, she would spend countless hours gardening in the sunshine and have the best tan. The flowers and patterns on the cookies reflect the many floral patterns found on sweatshirts and casual shirts my Grandma always wore. And the leaves represent all the things that grew in her yard. From the large trees we use to climb as kids, the grape vines grandma use to make jelly from, to the apple trees that produced countless mason jars of apple sauce and apple butter. The tunnel of Bridal Veil that produced the most dainty flowers that when the wind would blow covered the ground in white flower confetti. And of course the vegetables that grew in her garden. My mom and I would always fight over who got the lemon cucumbers, our favorite.
All my creations tell a story, but this one tells a very special story about an amazing Grandma who also baked the most delicious cookies.
How I created them
I created these cookies using my favorite sugar cookie recipe. From there I made white chocolate, modeling chocolate in three colors; white, green and yellow. Next, I iced the cookies in a thin layer of SMBC, then placed a disc of modeling chocolate cut out of the same cookie cutter I used for cutting out the cookies.
I used a number of beautiful edible images from Luck's to create the flowers on the cookies. I used Sizzix floral dies to cut the flowers out of the sugar sheets. Once cut I pulled the backing off and centered the flowers on the cookies.
For the leaves, I used the same cutter I cut the cookies out, with my green modeling chocolate. I placed the green leaf on top of the sugar cookie, thinly iced with SMBC. I used a veining tool to create the veining on the leaves. The SMBC under the modeling chocolate helps create more of a 3D effect to the veining of the leaves.