Elephant Baby Shower Cookies

Posted on August 31st, 2011 in Decorated Cookies, Tutorials

Elephant Baby Shower Cookies for Two Peas & Their Pod

Elephant Cookies
Congratulations to Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod who are expecting their very own sweet pea very soon!

It's a very exciting time for these two talented bloggers, and thoughtful Marla {Family Fresh Cooking} and Lisa {With Style and Grace} wanted to make it extra special with a surprise virtual baby shower! They organized a host of wonderful food bloggers (see list below), to come together and surpise Maria and Josh with on-line sweets, savouries and crafts, in honor of the soon-to-be-here baby boy.

Surprise!

Maria and Josh, hope you like these cookies I made for you and your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. I'm so happy for you both and send you well wishes and hugs.

With this virtual shower may you and your new baby feel the warm welcome that is being expressed by all of us in celebration of his arrival.

Virtual Baby Shower for Two Peas & Their Pod

Drinks

Simple Bites – Lemon Balm infused Lemonade

Ingredients, Inc. – Healthy Fruit Punch

Food for My Family – Lemongrass Soda

Heather's Dish – Mixed Fruit Punch

She Wears Many Hats – Mini Pistachio Smoothies

 

Appetizers/Savory Bites

With Style and Grace – Truffle Popcorn

Family Fresh Cooking – Baby Peas & Cheese Frittata

Barbara Bakes – Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and Fruit

Aggie’s Kitchen – Pasta Salad with Balsamic Basil Vinaigrette

Reluctant Entertainer – Nutella Berry Bruschetta

 

Dessert

Dorie Greenspan – French Lemon Cream Tart

TidyMom – Blue and Chocolate Cake Balls

i am baker – Baby Pea Baby Shower Cake

Brown Eyed Baker – Pavlova

Picky Palate – Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Sandwich

What’s Gaby Cooking – Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Cookin’ Canuck – Nutella & Cream Cheese Swirled Blondies

Kevin and Amanda – Baby Blue Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Sweetopia – Decorated Sugar Cookies

Mountain Mama Cooks – Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Sweetapolita – Little Pea Sugar Cookie Pops

Bake at 350 – Petit Fours with fondant pea pods

RecipeGirl – Baby Button Cookies

RecipeBoy – Mud Cups with Gummy Worms

Add a Pinch – Blackberry Tartlets

Dine and Dish – Oven Baked Cinnamon Apples

 

Crafts

Wenderly – Handmade Sweet Pea Cards

Our Best Bites – How To: Make a Diaper Cake Centerpiece

 

If you'd like to make the decorated elephant cookies, here's how to make them:

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Welcome Baby Printables

Designed by the lovely Kim at The TomKat Studio, these ones are available for free. You can find them here. A big thanks to Kim for making them; they're so adorable and I can't wait to see the collection she creates around them!

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Sugar Cookie Dough

You can find the recipe for the dough here. The cookie cutter can be found here.

One tip for cutting out the elephant shapes; dip the cutter in flour first so that the dough slides out better, especially with a slim shape like the elephant trunk. I use a silicon pastry brush to dust off the excess flour.

 

Royal Icing

You can find my favorite royal icing recipe here. The consistency of icing is key for easy decorating. Click here to see a YouTube video on finding the right icing thickness.

 

Decorating Steps

What you'll need:

  • Piping Tip #2
  • Piping Bag
  • Couplers
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Fondant and heart punch cutter (*Optional – Heart can be piped with icing)
  • Gel paste colors

 

Step One:

Outline the elephant shape with royal icing. For detailed decorating tips, this tutorial may be helpful for you.

Step Two:

With the same icing, flood, or fill in your shape.

Step Three:

Let the base dry for at least 6-12 hours.

Step Four:

Add the ear by outlining and filling in right away.

Step Five:

Add a small black dot of icing for the eye. Let the ear and eye dry for a minimum of 6-12 hours.

Step Six:

Roll out your white fondant to about 2mm thick, and punch out a heart shape.

Step Seven:

Adhere fondant heart to ear with a dab of icing.

Done!

Sweet thanks to Niner of We Choose Organic for editing and re-sizing my photos; she did an awesome job with them, as the lighting was pretty bad (an on-going struggle for me with food photography… still learning!).

And if you haven't had the pleasure of viewing the delicious food and recipes the 'Two Peas' make, head on over and enjoy. You'll be there for quite a while!

Have fun!

xo,

Marian

 

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