Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today’s cookies would be perfect for Valentine’s Day or a wedding theme, and in my case, I was happy to make these for CakeCentral.com, who asked me to create a tutorial based on the photo given to me above, which was published in their latest magazine issue. Pretty in pink and elegant silhouettes… Had me thinking about when I could make them again. Imagine making personalized versions of these, like the ones of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds on Martha Stewart’s site here – so sweet!
If you’d like to make these, here’s a little how to for you…
How to Make Cameo or Silhouette Cookies
Items You’ll Need:
Oval Cookie Cutter (size is personal choice)
Food Gel Colorings (pink, white, black)
Piping Tips (#’s 1, 2, & 3)
Parchment Paper or Transparency Sheet
Cameo Template (use your own personalized ones or purchase stock image here).*
Once your cookies have been baked, you’re ready to decorate. Using a #3 piping tip and pale pink royal icing, outline and flood the base of your cookie.
While your cookies bases are drying, make your royal icing cameo transfers. The transfers are a nice option as they can be piped while the cookie bases are drying, and make the ‘drawing’ portion of these cookies easy, as the shape is traced.
Use the cameo template as is, or resize it in a photo editing program, in the print options or even with a photocopier, to match the oval cookie cutter you’d like to use.
Cut the transparency (or parchment paper) out larger than the size of cameo image you’ll be piping. Lightly coat the transparency with a small amount of shortening using some paper towel. This helps make the royal icing shape easier to remove when it’s dry. Place the cameo image on a flat surface, such as the back of baking sheet or a book, and tape the transparency over it. (I’ve also taped a white sheet of paper under my transparency, so that the details are easier to see in photos).
Using a #1 piping tip, trace the outline of the cameo shape, and flood with black royal icing. Make extras as royal icing transfers can break easily. Let the icing dry for at least 24 hours.
In the meantime, using a #2 piping tip, pipe larger dots evenly spaced around the perimeter of your pink base.
Let those dry for approximately 15 minutes so that the dots set, and then pipe the smaller dots in between. Use the same piping bag fitted with a #2 tip, just use less pressure and less icing for the smaller dots.
Once the cameo transfer is dry, gently remove it by peeling the backing away, and pipe a small amount of black royal icing on the back of it.
Place it face up on the cookie and gently press so that the transfer adheres to the cookie.
Pipe the white royal icing details (necklace and dress). Let those details dry and you’re done!