ROYAL ICING COOKIE ART-A dedication to the Indian woman

At CREATIVE SYNERGY, my friend and colleague  Deepali Jangde and I chose to design two cookies with royal icing.Our inspiration for this effort were the brilliant cookies crafted by Marta Torres of Cookie Lab!

We decided to work on two colorful pictures that depict a style of the Indian woman…….And aha! we created “CHAMMAK CHHALLO” and “THE JEWELLED DIVA”.

 

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THE JEWELLED DIVA

 

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CHHAMMAK CHHALLO

Indian women have come a long way….. we are a blend of respectful tradition and modernity, which makes us fit enough to jog along in the  times of today! Our fondness for colour and jewellery is clearly reflected in the way we dress, especially on festive occasions.

HERE’S HOW WE DESIGNED THE ROYAL ICING COOKIE

1.The cookie canvas was covered with royal icing/fondant and left to dry.

2.A selected design image was transferred onto the dry cookie base.

3.Royal icing of the appropriate consistency was made and coloured.

  1. Next, the icing was filled step by step, in the desired sections, as needed.

5.After the complete image was filled, hand painting was undertaken.

  1. In the end, the highlights were added in royal icing and texturing was completed on the cookie background.

7.To complete the cookie design, borders were piped at the edge.

All edible cookies made using Royal icing, food colours, luster dust and a touch of wafer paper.

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COOKIE DESIGN 1: She is a CHHAMAK CHHALLO

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The dhinchak Indian girl with loads of spunk and attitude.Flirtatious and beautiful, she loves color and noise in her clothes.Delicate Jhumkas, nose rings and a bit of bling flatter her!

COOKIE DESIGN 2: Here is THE JEWELLED DIVA

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She has grace and charismatic style….. exudes contemporary flair with a dash of tradition.She could be a mother, sister or/and a wife.Not just a pretty face, she is a loving soul.

An imbibed multi-tasker, who breezes through all her responsibilities.She shines in her jewels selected with great care.Clearly the independent lady who the family loves to depend upon!

 

Worked at CREATIVE SYNERGY

SHILLPA BHAAMBRI WITH DEEPALI JANGDE

 

 

 

CAKE DESIGN part 2 @ the DARING KITCHEN

Hello ! here is my cake design 2, conceptualised for the daring kitchen challengeJanuary 2016.

This cake design makes use of Gum paste and explains a cake decorating technique using it.

THE BLACK AND WHITE

The above cake is quite special to me as it uses a simple technique which I created while fiddling with gum paste strips. I call this the “FLIP FIX”technique.A strip, each of black and white Gum paste are attached one atop the other to create a two sided effect. White fondant cake was the canvas for this technique. The two sided strips were fixed to the side of the cake and their edges were rolled in. A paneling of alternating color strips was done.

You could attach the two sided Gum paste strips by twisting, curling or folding them. The idea is to show the two toned sides of the Gum paste strips effectively in your cake design.

I enhanced the cake with a grey Gum paste fantasy flower and filled the blankness on the top with thin strips of black Gum paste. Finally this cake was set atop a small silver cake dummy to give it a striking visual appeal.

 

TECHNIQUE WITH GUM PASTE

 FANTASY FLOWER

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Roll Gum paste out thinly on a silicone or plastic mat. Using flower cutters cut two flowers, one small and the other big.

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PhotoGrid_1449582821740Next, place the flower on the work mat and vein each petal with a veining tool. Tuck the flower in a flower former or a foil cup and leave to dry in a cool place for a day.

PhotoGrid_1449582879112Ruffle and vein the smaller flower. Leave it to dry in a former. With black Gum paste make the flower centre. I used a silicone button mold, but you can craft a centre by flattening a pea sized ball of Gum paste and indenting little dots on it with a toothpick.

PhotoGrid_1449582954624After the flowers dry out, they will hold shape. Place the smaller flower inside the larger flower, attaching it with a touch of edible glue. Fix the centre button inside the small flower .

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 I highlighted the flower centre and petal edges with silver luster dust paint.

 

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Finale ! easy Gum paste flower tops the two toned cake