I have been waiting for my skull cutter, I am dying to make Day of the Dead sugar skulls. After seeing all of the INCREDIBLE ones already out there (nothing is original in the cookie-verse it seems), I thought I might try a little something different in the meantime. I’ve always loved the animal calaveras, and I love pandas so, ok!
I googled sugar skull panda and lots of tattoo images came up. Seems to be a popular thing with which to tattoo oneself. Then I googled sugar skull panda cookies and would you believe that nothing came up?! I couldn’t. (Later I googled panda calavera and THIS came up. This beautiful image may have knocked the piping bag right out of my hand had I seen it before! Wowsa.)
While at the cookie store, I looked for a teddy bear head cookie cutter. They had none. Amazon had one FOR 20+ DOLLARS! I mean, copper gifts, you are great but…
Anyway, the owner had a cat head and just rounded the little ears around a dowel for me. Fantastic right? But it didn’t quite have the cutsie effect of the baby panda with disproportionately large ears. But I bought it and thought I could try a couple of options., maybe a Mama bear and baby bear.
So I got home and went to work with these two guys.
This trick (cutting into a shape with the shape you want to insert) I learned from, Sweet Sugar Belle, Bearfoot Baker, Bake at 350, SweetAmbs…I can’t remember exactly which blog I saw it on first, but if you need advice, these are your gals.
Then I filled in the white and added some broken transfers that I was too impatient to let dry properly…and some less than perfect piping…and voila’!
So these were for fun and practice, I am trying to get over my mortal fear of piping. It’s happening. I have figured out a proper consistency and am getting better.
Now please, if you haven’t yet, go on over here and see what some REALLY crazy good piping looks like! One day…one day…
Thanks to SweetAmbs for the tutorial!