Monthly Archives: December 2014

Inspired by: Trout Rainwear

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of creating a custom design for kaeru communications and the press launch of Trout Rainwear‘s 2015 Spring line. I love Trout’s polished aesthetic and that their pieces are designed and made here in Canada.
Trout Rainwear Humboldt
We decided on their signature graphic, sporty style – the Humboldt, in yellow – as inspiration for the cookie design. I had originally intended to create a simpler version on the cookies, but there are so many details that make this coat special (the contrast interior, bellowed pockets, fluorescent cord tips!) and I wanted to make sure that I captured them all.

Raincoat Cookies

To match the shape of the coat, I sketched a version of my design and used the cutout as a guideline to hand-cut each cookie. The icing was done in multiple layers, first using white icing on the yellow (wet-on-wet technique) to mimic the contrast interior and seam tape. I waited for that to dry before adding the outlines, pockets, and bright pink cord tips so that they would stand out.

Raincoat Cookies

The event itself was held at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto and the coats were hung as art pieces in the gallery space. The Humboldt was even more striking in person (which I wish I’d bought on the spot!) – I was also drawn to their Bonneville and Baby Gila styles. If you’re in the market for the perfect yellow raincoat, they can be purchased online here and at select Holt Renfrew locations across the country.

Trout Rainwear Humboldt Cookies

Thanks for reading! xo

 

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Whipped Shortbread Cookies
Though I spend most of the year making and decorating sugar cookies, this time of year always has me craving holiday classics like shortbread and gingerbread cookies. With my family visiting tomorrow, I thought I’d whip up a quick batch of shortbread for us to enjoy. I piped these cookies into rose shapes for a pretty touch, but you can also bake these as drop cookies. Either way, the result is for a very light, melt-in-your mouth kind of cookie – so good I just had to share! 
Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour

Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2) Whip butter with an electric mixer for approximately 10-15 minutes, until fluffy. Add in the icing sugar, cornstarch, salt and flour. Beat on low for one minute, then increase to high for 4 minutes.
3) Using a 1M open star tip, fill an icing or pastry bag with dough. Pipe roses starting in the center, and moving outward in a circular clockwise motion.
4) Bake for 8-10 minutes; keep a careful watch on these as they can brown quickly!

Prep + baking time: 30 mins
Makes approximately 20 cookies

Whipped Shortbread Cookies2

As a festive touch, I sprinkled some gold and silver edible glitter onto my cookies prior to baking. I sifted some of the leftover icing sugar over the remaining cookies once baked. You can find the materials I used here: Wilton 1M tip // Gold Edible Glitter // Silver Edible Glitter
Happy Holiday Baking! xo

 

Leopard Print Cookies

leopard is a neutral
The leopard print is classic. I love its versatility in fashion and ability to instantly add some visual interest to any outfit.
Since I’m often running between my kitchen, meetings, deliveries and events, incorporating a little bit of leopard print is an easy way to dress up my outfits and take me from place to place. I love these flats for the kitchen, and you can never go wrong with a great pair of leopard print heels (also love this more neutral pair) or clutch for meetings or a night out. I’ve been known to keep a pair of each in my car so that I can easily switch them throughout the day!
leopard print cookies
Naturally, I loved translating this classic pattern into Leopard Print Cookies. I used a medium beige as the base colour, and a wet-on-wet technique to apply the darker beige (with tint of orange) spots and black outline. Using that technique made for a flat surface, instead of a 2nd layer of icing like many of my designs. These were wrapped in my signature cellophane packaging and used as favours for a recent Birthday celebration.
leopard print cookies
Thanks for reading! xo