Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day of the Dead Celebration

 A  national holiday in Mexico, this celebration is also celebrated in many
parts of the world. It is a time to remember those who have passed.
Day of the Dead cookies decorated with sugar skulls and flowers.

This skull mold has stone eyes which can be filled in with a contrasting color, add slightly less paste than needed to allow for spreading when the top color is added. Place the mold in the freezer for five minutes to get the details to show clearly and for ease in releasing the mold.

Be sure to clean up the edges of the eye area with your finger to get a nice sharp line.

 Piping gel or buttercream icing can be used to adhere the fondant to the cookie.

The backdrop is decorated with a simple garland.

Chocolate cupcakes were flavored with cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

The rose mold and simple flowers decorate the mini cupcakes.

Chocolate Skull Pops

A wood grain mat was used on the fondant before attaching to the cookie.

Vendor Credits:  Party Styling and Desserts by Jeannie Gearin

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween Dessert Table

Jeannie Gearin does it again with another amazing blog post.  This time it is a great idea for Halloween!

 A Halloween Dessert Table with a vintage feel, the dark colors and harlequin patterns
repeated throughout to give a sophisticated look. The cake is fondant with a hand
sculpted face. The crow is painted with gel colors.

Halloween Fangs

 The cupcakes have fondant fangs. They can also be  made in isomalt with red for the incisors, giving a bloody look!

Lady Skeleton and Pirate Skull

 When filling the mold, it is easier to fill with too little and then add more
as needed rather than using too much. With a small amount of paste you can see
where the details are and be sure to fill those areas carefully.
I like keeping my paste under a glass when I am going to use it a lot. It is easier
than rewrapping it in plastic wrap over and over.

 I find safety scissors are one of the best ways to cleanly
remove excess paste if you do end up with some. Push it to
the center, making sure the edges are clean and crisp.

 When adding a second color, I just add it right on top without
any water or other type of glue. The paste is fresh and it adheres
on its own. I place on the freezer for about 5 minutes to get
the most out of the details.

 When you overfill areas you will get this type of look which to a decorator is not
great but to anyone else is still impressive. I hope you can see the detail of the teeth
on that skeleton.

 The plates and candy bowls are from Target. The favor bags and candy tubes are at Michael's.
The Halloween Banner is from ButtonsandBells on Etsy.

Dessert Table by Jeannie Gearin

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For more amazing work from Jeannie, check out her blog, The Pastry Tip!