Monday, January 24, 2011

Birthday Cake and Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

It was my sister's birthday this weekend, I won't mention her age, but it was a big one! 


Happy Birthday Teeny!



Oh...but you might see it on some of the cookies, sorry sis!


Like I told you in the last post, she does not like chocolate, but she loves white cake. Yes, like wedding cake. So I made her a cake and brushed up on my cake stacking/icing/piping skills a bit as well. 


I used the white cake recipe from the Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook I got for Christmas. I am not giving the recipe, because honestly it wasn't my favorite. It was a little dry for my taste and they actually leave out a step in the directions, luckily I have made a few cakes in my days to know better! I want to say that I have eaten there many times in the past and have loved it, just not this recipe. If anyone has a favorite white cake recipe, let me know!

I will tell you that I thought the Vanilla-Bean icing I used was awesome, you can find that over at BrownEyedBaker. I was a little worried because it is such a fluffy frosting, I added an extra 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Also, unless you have clear vanilla flavoring I would add some Americolor White coloring if you want the frosting a bright white instead of an off-white color. I didn't have any on hand, but will in the future!

I also made cookies, you know in case the cake fell apart on the drive to her house (I worry too much), and also as a little party favor for her friends! I love curly ribbon. I secretly think working in the gift wrapping department at Macy's would be awesome!!



I used the same recipe as I did when making the Halloween Cookies and learned my lesson on thinning out the flood icing too much. This time I think I got it juuuust right. Now if I could stop shaking when I need to draw a straight line and write letters, we'll be in business!


If you were curious, the cake and cookies made the drive from Houston to Dallas with no breaks, cracks, or bumps. I was thrilled!

Happy Baking!

55 comments:

  1. Fantastically awesome piping skills!

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  2. Wow! Look at those cookies, you did an excellent job! The piping is just perfection!

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  3. Your cake and cookies look amazing! Very nicely decorated.

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  4. You did an absolutely awesome job on the cake decorating and cookie decorating! Bummer you weren't a big fan of the cake, but at least the icing was good :)

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  5. perfection, I am super impressed

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  6. Very nice! I like the piping skills on the cake and the curly pink ribbon is the perfect touch!

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  7. Beautiful! Where were you when I turned 30 last year!!! ha ha!

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  8. Your piping skills are amazing! There's no way anybody wouldn't think these were professionally made and paid for.

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  9. What a nice sister you are! I have to tell you, I worked in the gift wrap department at Meier and Frank (it's a Macy's now) for a couple of weeks over Christmas break in high school and those were some of the most useful life skills I ever learned from a job! And it was fun too!

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  10. really nice and so beautifully decorated; it deserves lots of buzzes; mine included.

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  11. Fantastic designs. Beautiful icing decorations. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Well, my sisters didn't bake me beautiful cookies like these when I turned 30. I bet your sister appreciated them. What a job well done!

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  13. The cake and cookies are so finely crafted. Very thoughtful of you to plan all these goodies for the celebration. Christine is such a lucky birthday girl.

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  14. the cake is so gorgeous and the cookies... elegant! your piping skills are amazing... i can't keep a standy hand for the life of me. =P

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  15. Wow!! I'm so jealous! I wish I could make cookies like these!! They look fabulous!

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  16. Oh those treats are beautiful! Happy Birthday to your Sis!

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  17. So well done! Love the cake, excellent piping!

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  18. Your cookies are adorable. Can I adopt you as my sister? Great tip about the white colouring to compensate for the vanilla, that's always the drawback with a vanilla icing.

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  19. How awesome!! The cake, the cookies. You have one lucky sister

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  20. Wow, you are amazing at piping! They cake and cookies are perfectly done! :)

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  21. Wow! The cookies and cake together are so thoughtful and beautiful. Thanks for sharing these!

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  22. beautifully decorated looks wonderful

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  23. WOW! Both the cookies and the cake look amazing! I also panic when I deliver a cake, especially on our wintery, bumpy roads! Glad everything turned out looking so lovely.

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  24. Oh, these are perfect!! Happy birthday, sister!

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  25. Happy birthday to your sister and WOW what a wonderful cake! I'm not a chocolate fan either so I totally need to try this cake for my birthday :)

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  26. hmmm the comment went on only partly....I had a whole part about twisting the recipe if I can find it...anyway...even if the cake was not your favorite it looks amazing

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  27. Adorable cookies! You have great piping skills and I love your handwriting. Your sister is a lucky gal!

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  28. What a lovely & vibrant frosting over those cute baked goodies!

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  29. This cookies looks deliciously sweet!

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  30. Beautiful desserts...you sure have a gift when it comes to decorating them...lovely!!!

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  31. I love the cookies! They are so cute! You are so talented. My hand would have been shaking and I would have had cooking anxiety with making and giving a food gift. We're going to be making the drive to Dallas from Houston for Super Bowl and your post made me that much more excited for it. Go Steelers! Haha!

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  32. Fabulous job. The cake and cookies look amazing.

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  33. The cookies and cake both look adorable! My sister will be 30 in a couple weeks - crazy!

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  34. happy birthday to your sister.
    the cake is amazing. WOW to your decorating skills

    thanks for sharing.

    sent you a friend request on foodbuzz, hope you'll accept it

    have a wonderful day

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  35. You did such a great job! Happy Bday to your sis! White cake is also my favorite cake. I'm boring like that :)

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  36. So adorable- those cookies look like chic expensive bakery cookies!

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  37. Beautiful icing!! I have always wanted to try royal icing! These really do look great :)

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  38. You must be a really detail oriented baker. Perfect piping skills. Wow!!

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  39. Those cookies look absolutely gorgeous! You've definitely got some great royal icing skills!

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  40. Congrats on the Top 9 today, Your cake and cookies are awesome!

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  41. Congratulations on the Top 9! Both are beautifully decorated. Happy Birthday to your sister on the big one!

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  42. Adorable cookies...how cool!! Congrats on being selected Food Buzz Top 9!! Well deserved!!

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  43. Top 9 on Foodbuzz lead me to you! These cookies are gorgeous!! Love your blog. :)

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  44. That cake is beautiful and I love the cookies! Great job!

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  45. Congrats on Top 9! The cake and cookies are adorable, you did a fabulous job!

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  46. you are so talented!! those cookies are beautiful, and I am sure very tasty too!!

    congratulations on your top 9 post today!!
    Dennis

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  47. so pretty!! I get overly excited with cake and can never hold back my cake craving long enough to do anything pretty!

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  48. Your piping skills are extraordinary! Your sister must have been so happy with these cookies and cake :)

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  49. Such a beautiful display - you did a lovely job.

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  50. Aren't you a sweet sister! Everything is so beautiful

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  51. Hi, I'm getting lost in all of you sweetness on this blog. Thanks for the food buzz add...you'll be seeing me around here a LOT I think. :) Everything looks so good!

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