BABY DUCK COOKIES/ Everything ...

… comes to those who wait. Well I am not sure if this adage works 100% of the time but some things are definitely worth the wait. I would imagine that held true for my cousin and his wife who became grandparents for the first time. They say 'grandchildren are your reward for raising children.' It's their turn to spoil, cuddle and pamper their grandson while the diapers, feedings and discipline are left to Mommy and Daddy. No doubt, Nana and Grandpa will be accumulating lots of frequent flier miles and spending endless hours on FaceTime.

These duck cookies were so much fun to decorate and a sweet celebration for a darling babe.
[These photos do not capture the full cuteness of these cookies as the daylight was fading during this shoot]

Duck Cookies
Duck Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding and detail tinted Blue with AmeriColor Sky Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Avocado
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool

Outline cookie, except beak with #2 tip in cream icing.

Flood cookie with cream icing.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in blue flood icing.

Swirl scribe tool to create rose design.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in green icing. Pull to create leaf design. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe beak with #2 tip in blue outline icing.
Pipe small dots with tip #1.5 in green icing. Let dry overnight.




(Remembering Doris Day)
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NEON CUPCAKES/ Wish I could ....

… be a kid again! Childhood is much more fun now than when I was a kid. These days elementary school is something to look forward to, not dread. I cannot imagine as school back in my day was anything but fun. Nuns in scary outfits were mean, picking on us all day and telling us we were dunces. Now, it seems children are treated with respect and kindness. At school my grand nieces and nephews wear costumes at Halloween, green on St Paddy's Day, have Valentine's Day parties and even get decked out in patriotic colors on opening day of the Olympics. Catholic elementary school sure has changed… for the better! 

The best thing is everyone's birthday in class is celebrated. Back in my day, no teacher, classmate or even the bus driver knew anyone's birthday. It was a day like all the others except Mom sent us off to school with a Happy Birthday. There was no celebration until that evening at home with our family. How fun is it now to celebrate your birthday all day with your classmates. On those special days there are donuts, brownies or cupcakes and classmates sing to the birthday kid. Booo hoo….I wanna be a kid!

These neon cupcakes had to be chocolate and were made for a special boy turning 6 to share with his kindergarten mates. Sporting a special birthday crown, no doubt it was a fun day for the birthday boy!

Devils Food Cupcakes
2/3 cup Crisco Shortening
1½ cups Sugar
3 Eggs
2½ oz Unsweetened Chocolate, melted & cooled
2¼ cups Softasilk Cake Flour (or 2-1/8 cups Flour), sifted
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1¼ cups Buttermilk
Buttermilk Substitute: Add a little over 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to 1¼ cups milk 

In a separate bowl mix Flour, Baking Soda and Salt. Set aside.
Cream Shortening and Sugar until fluffy. Add Eggs. Add melted Chocolate.
Stir in flour mixture alternately with Buttermilk. Pour into cupcake liners.
Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. Makes 24 cupcakes.
[This is the Popular Devils Food Cake recipe from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook]

Creamy Buttercream Frosting
1½ cups Butter (3 sticks), softened
6 cups Confectioner’s Sugar, sifted
½ tsp Vanilla (optional)
1-4 tbsp Milk
Wilton Star Tip #1M

Beat butter for 8-10 minutes until pale and double in volume.
Gradually add the sugar ½ cup at a time beating well after each addition. Add milk.

Color half of frosting Bright Green with AmeriColor Electric Green.
Color other half of frosting Bright Blue with AmeriColor Electric Blue.
Fill piping bag and swirl frosting with star tip #1M.

Hint: Don't pipe too hide if placing in cupcake carrier.
Place unfrosted cupcakes in carrier tray before piping to avoid moving frosted cupcakes.







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