When I first started planning and sketching out the design, I went a little too crazy with the details — adding a pectoral fin, blowhole and eyelashes. I wasn't pleased and decided to pull back and simplify, which I find in most cases, is always best.
The cleaner design made the whales look sweeter, cuter and just what I wanted for a baby shower.
Taking the time to sketch your designs first really pays off. It's much better to test your designs on paper instead of on a cookie!
Here's how I made them:
|Bake some whale cookies.|
|Use an edible ink marker to trace an outline for the belly of the whale. To keep it consistent on all of the cookies, you may want to make a paper template that you can trace.|
|Mix up some flood consistency blue icing, white icing and a small amount of black icing. This is wet-on-wet decorating so you need to have all your icings mixed before you start.|
|Outline and fill in the belly of the whale using a pastry bag fitted with a #2 tip.|
|With a #2 tip, outline the rest of the whale in blue.|
|Fill it in with the blue icing and use a scribe tool or skewer to help evenly distribute it.|
|Drop on a dot of black for the eye.|
|Add a drop of white icing inside the black.|
|Let the whales dry for at least 30 minutes before proceeding to the next step.|
|Add some lines of white icing to the belly.|
|Add some lines of blue icing to the tail.|
|All done! Let the cookies dry completely before serving or packaging.|