Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cookies! › Before & After (or the effect outlining has on a cookie)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Before & After (or the effect outlining has on a cookie) - Page 6

post #76 of 184
thanks, everyone, for your really nice comments about my creations. I really appreciate it! I look at all the wonderful talent on here and I'm constantly in awe - I guess we are our own worst critics, huh?

I've not frozen my cookies (decorated or not) other than for experimental purposes, but my mother-in-law freezes decorated cookies that I send her all the time. She says they are as good when she takes them out as when they are fresh... (oh, I use a modified version of Antonia74's royal icing (I add some corn syrup to it, though)

Regarding bleeding and time for colors to set - other than black and red (or occasionally if I'm putting a really, really dark color next to a really, really light one), I try to wait at least 12 hours so that the colors don't bleed. I store my cookies in an airtight container (or semi-airtightly) from the time they are baked/cooled until they are bagged or packaged, so I haven't had a problem with them getting stale.
post #77 of 184
OK... I think I'm just outlining challenged!!

I did some bug cookies today and I outlined a few for comparison. Honestly - what do you think - do you prefer it with or without the outlines?
LL
post #78 of 184
I like it better with..
post #79 of 184
They both look great but I like the cookies with the outline a little better icon_smile.gif
Darlita
Die-Hard Scratch Baker

Time...and baking heals all wounds.
Your only competition should be yourself.
Reply
Darlita
Die-Hard Scratch Baker

Time...and baking heals all wounds.
Your only competition should be yourself.
Reply
post #80 of 184
mellormom....the picture below shows my cookies with 1/3 rolled buttercream 2/3 MFF with an edible image added using corn syrup as glue.

I prefer to do my edible images on the RBC/MFF mix, they really seam to do well and taste really good.
LL
Kathy W
Reply
Kathy W
Reply
post #81 of 184
Bonnie - Count me as one of your big fans! Regarding the outlining, I am a bit torn. I like both versions, but with the pink caterpillars, I do like it. It is a perfect, thin line and is very nice. But on the blue caterpillars you posted, I liked them without. I think it made his little expression pop a bit more. For the snail, I tend to think without. Again, the expression pops wonderfully. This is going to sound odd likely, but for me sometimes the 'personality of the cookie' calls for it and other times, I doesn't. I am working on sailboat designs right now and, with the light look, I am not envisioning an outline. I think it depends largely on the cookie, but boy, as Gemini has shown so well, it certainly can make them pop! Many times I will try both methods when I do my prototype cookies and it becomes immediately apparent which works best for that particular cookie.

Not sure I helped much, but I do love your cookies! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
"I think every woman should have a blowtorch." - Julia Child
Reply
"I think every woman should have a blowtorch." - Julia Child
Reply
post #82 of 184
Thread Starter 
You'll need to add me to the "with outlines" group. I think they look just fine without, but when you add them, it just gives them more definition. As Tracy mentioned, sometimes you don't want that and you have to decide on the look you're after. I'm always thinking illustrations and cartoons, so the outlines are kinda important for many of the designs that I do.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
Reply
The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
Reply
post #83 of 184
KathyTW:
Thanks! Do they freeze well? I'm sure the image doesn't but what about the rest?
Jen...
post #84 of 184
thanks everyone, for your comments. I'm torn too... I think the snail is better without and I like the caterpillars both ways - one definitely looks more "cartoony."

My husband prefers them without, I guess it really does depend on the cookie itself and the desired effect....something for me to think about as I do more cookies....

thanks for starting this thread!
post #85 of 184
Mellormom....I don't know but it would only take a couple of hours to test. Through a test cookie in the freezer with a couple of different options and see which one works out best. (And make sure to post your results so the rest of us can add it to our knowledge base!!!!) icon_smile.gif
Kathy W
Reply
Kathy W
Reply
post #86 of 184
I'm so excited to see this post! I'm another one who outlines, dries, then floods. I can't seem to get the knack of outlining and immediately flooding. I get icing dripping over the sides that way, because of my consistency. When I outline with black it's stiffer. Then I flood later with thinned icing.

I will have to practice, practice, practice, because I really like the way those look. I've noticed that if I get too much flood icing my outline almost disappears. This would eliminate that problem.

Thanks!!!
post #87 of 184
I will test! I was planning to do it tomorrow. I'll take pics as well. icon_smile.gif
Jen...
post #88 of 184
I did the freezing test. The glace cookie sweated to much and got soft around the edges. The fondant cookie froze fine and the RI cookie sweated but not to bad. So I wouldn't freeze glazed but RI and fondant seem fine. icon_smile.gif
HTH someone!
Jen...
post #89 of 184
thanks, Jen. Good to know!
post #90 of 184
i LOVE to outline thumbs_up.gif to me the cookie isn't finished until it is-and i can't seem to stop myself either i have to have something on there either an outline, highlight, sugar something. i just made balloons for a good friend's sons' class (just 20 thankfully) and though she was paying me a gave her a deal and i tried to tell myself it will be fine in simple colours and wrapped but no... okay it's in my pics (i don't have the patience to shrink then wait to load) it's there
thanks for the comments guys-see i don't even do the outline simple lol can't stop myself i have to do that little bit extra icon_smile.gif
wisdom is knowledge put into action
Reply
wisdom is knowledge put into action
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cookies!
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cookies! › Before & After (or the effect outlining has on a cookie)