Galaxy Cake – Olive’s First Birthday!

We celebrated our daughter Olive’s first birthday last weekend, and I decided to go all out for her cake! The theme of the party was galaxy, which, aside from the galaxy star cookie topper, really just involved hanging some shiny stars from the ceiling 🙂 I haven’t made a tiered cake in almost 10 years, so this was definitely a challenge, but I’m very happy with how it turned out!

Here’s what I used to make the cake:

 

Supplies For Cookie Decorators

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This list of supplies for cookie decorators contains everything I would have wanted (or was lucky enough to have) when I started decorating cookies. Each item in this list has a link to purchase online, but you can also find some of these in the cake decorating aisle of your local craft store.

1) Cookie Cutters

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters offers hundreds of shapes, so it’s hard to narrow this down. The Long Fancy Plaque and Square Plaque are a couple of my favorites.

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The cookie cutters that I use most often are from this Round Cutter Set. It comes with 11 cookie cutters ranging in size from 3/4″ to 3-5/8″.

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2) Books

Cookie Art by Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs (that’s me!)

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The Cookie Companion by Georgeanne Bell – Georgeanne’s book has the most comprehensive color chart I’ve ever seen.

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Martha Stewart Handmade Cookie Decorating – This 24 page booklet is the one that inspired me to try my hand at decorating cookies!

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3) 12″ disposable decorating bags and bag ties

Piping bags are an essential tool for cookie decorating, but those little bag ties are just as important! They keep the top of the bag closed to prevent the icing from drying and they keep the icing from pouring out of the wrong end while you’re decorating.

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4) Decorating Tip Set

One of the first items I received when I started decorating was a Wilton decorating tip set. My most used tips are 1, 3, 101, 352, 16 and 21. Even if you don’t use the others on a regular basis, it’s great to have them on hand to experiment with different piping techniques. This set also comes with one coupler (for switching tips) and a flower nail (for piping roses).

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5) Food Coloring

Wilton Color Right – This set of 8 concentrated gels (in squeeze bottles!) can be combined to create any color you can imagine.

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Wilton Garden Tone Set – This is what I use when I want to create those soft, dusty shades without having to combine colors.

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6) Meringue powder 

This is the secret (not really) ingredient in royal icing. Meringue powder is nonperishable, so I recommend the 16oz can because it’s the best deal and it will last pretty much forever. You can read more about royal icing and meringue powder in this post.

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7) Scribe tool 

My must-have tool! If you’ve watched my cookie decorating videos, you know that I always have one of these by my side. I use it for smoothing icing, creating small details and correcting mistakes. Sweet Sugarbelle just came out with her own line of cookie decorating supplies, including this scribe tool (aka food pick).

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8) Brush Set 

This set comes with brushes that are perfect for painting fine details and large areas, brush embroidery and dry dusting.

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9) Luster Dusts 

These can be applied dry for a light shimmer or mixed with alcohol for a more concentrated shine. Read this post for more information on painting on royal icing with luster dust.

Crystal Colors Antique Gold is one of my favorite gold luster dusts.

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Wilton Pearl Dusts come in a variety of colors including Bronze, White, Orchid Pink, and Black.

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10) Video Tutorials & Online Classes

Video Lessons 1-20 – Learn everything from the basics of making royal icing and flooding a cookie to more advanced techniques like piping roses and painting on royal icing. You can stream them right from your computer or download them to watch later while you’re not connected to the internet.

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Craftsy Classes – My Craftsy classes are for those who want a more interactive learning experience than what is offered on the USB drive. There’s a forum for students to ask questions and I answer all of them personally. Students can also upload their cookie photos to show what they’ve learned in class. Click on the images below to enroll.

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11) Shipping Supplies 

ULINE Heat sealer– The best way to keep cookies fresh for weeks is to seal them individually in cello bags. I’ve had my 8″ heat sealer from ULINE for about 6 years now and it’s still going strong. You can read more about packaging and storing cookies in this post.

Cello BagsNashvillewraps.com is my favorite place to buy cello bags. They have a huge selection of styles, including biodegradable bags! This is also where I buy my recycled tissue paper as well as bakery boxes that I use to wrap cookies for shipping.

Shipping boxes – I love these multi-depth boxes from ULINE because you can adjust the depth of the box depending on how many cookies you’re shipping. Or, if you use Priority Mail to ship your cookies, you can get Flat Rate boxes shipped to you for FREE from the U.S. Postal Service.

Looking for more recommendations? Leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help!

 

Tutorials A-Z

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Apple Cookies
Art Deco Cookies (tissue paper image transfer method)
Autumn Leaves Cookies
Autumn Leaves Cookies – Brush Embroidered – Premium tutorial
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Baby Bassinet Cookies
Back To School Cookies (Pencil and paper)
Bacon Cookies (And eggs)
Basket Weave – Premium tutorial
Basket Weave Hat Cookies – Premium tutorial
Beach Cookies (Brush embroidery)
Beach Cookies (Starfish)
Beach Cookies (Wet-on-wet technique)
Bead Border – Premium tutorial
Bee Cookies
Birthday Cake Cookies
Box (cookie box)
Broderie Anglaise Cookies (eyelet lace)
Brush Embroidered Christmas Cookies – Premium tutorial
Brush Embroidered Eyelet Lace (baby shower)
Brush Embroidered Fall Leaves Cookies – Premium tutorial
Brush Embroidered Ombre Cookie
Brush Embroidery – Premium Tutorial
Brush Embroidery (Pink and Gold)
Buttercream Recipe
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Cameos
Candy Crush Cookies
Cat Cookies
Champagne Glass Cookies
Chevron Cookies
Christmas Cookies (Minis)
Christmas Cookies (Nordic Ornaments)
Christmas Cookies (Ornaments)
Christmas Cookies (Red and white, reindeer cookies)
Christmas Cookies (Snow globes)
Christmas Cookies (Vintage ornaments)
Conversation Heart Cookies
Cookie Box (Brush embroidered)
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Cookie Decorating Basics – Premium tutorial
Cookie Dough Tips (Making dough, packaging and storage of cookies)
Cookie Pops
Cookie Recipe – Premium Item
Cracked Glaze Technique
Cracked Glaze Technique (Vase cookies)
Cupcake Cookies
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Delft Pottery Cookies
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Easter Cookies
Easter Cookies (Ruffles)
Easter Basket Cookies (Bunnies, eggs)
Easter Basket Cookies (Flowers)
Edible Gold Leaf
Edible Images
Edible Ink Markers
Eggs and Bacon Cookies
Emoji Cookies
Emoji Cookies (Food)
Enameled Cookies
Eyelet Lace Cookies (Broderie anglaise)
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Fall Leaves Cookies
Father’s Day Cookies
Father’s Day Cookies (How to pipe tools)
Filigree Cookies
Flooding With Royal IcingPremium tutorial
Flourless Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Recipe
Fondant Cameo
Fondant Rose Petal Cookies – Premium tutorial
Food Emoji Cookies
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Galaxy Cookies
Galaxy Cat Cookies
Galaxy Skull Cookies
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Glee! Cookies
Gold Chain Cookies
Gold Marbled Cookies
Gold Royal Icing (Painting with luster dust)
Gold Royal Icing – Alternatives to Alcohol
Grill Cookies
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Halloween Cookies
Halloween Cookies (Royal icing transfer spiders)
Hand Painted Cookies (Tropical sunset)
How To Make Royal Icing – Premium tutorial
Hyacinth Cookies
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Icing Sheets (Edible images)
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Jack Skellington Cookies
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Leopard Print Cookies
Lilac Cookie Pops
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Marbled Icing
Marbled Icing (gold)
Meringue Cookie Recipe
Meringue Cookie Recipe (peppermint)
Minion Cookies
Molded Cookies
Monogram Cookies
Monogram Cookies (Vintage Wedding)
Mother’s Day Cookies (Delft pottery)
Movie Theme Cookies (Marquee letters)
Movie Theme Cookies (Popcorn)
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Nautical Cookies
New Year’s Eve Cookies
Nintendo Cookies
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Ombre Cookies
Orange Vanilla Spice Cookie Recipe
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Painting With Luster Dust (painting with pearl dust, gold royal icing)
Paper and Pencil Cookies (back to school)
Peppermint Chocolate Cake Recipe
Peppermint Meringue Cookies
Picnic Cookies
Pink and Gold Heart Cookies – Premium tutorial
Pizza Cookie
Place Card Cookies
Pokémon Cookies
Popcorn Cookies
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Quilted Cookies – Premium tutorial
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Rainbow Brush Embroidered Cookies
Rainbow Leopard Print Cookies
Rainbow Zebra Print Cookies
Rainbow Drip Cookies
Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Recipe (Flourless)
Red and White Christmas Cookies (Reindeer cookies)
Reindeer Christmas Cookies (Red and white cookies)
Rilakkuma Cookies
Roses and LeavesPremium tutorial
Royal Baby Cookies
Royal Icing Consistencies and Troubleshooting Tips
Royal Icing – How To Make Royal Icing – Premium Tutorial
Royal Icing Transfers – Premium tutorial
Royal Icing Transfers (Bees)
Royal Icing Transfers (Letters)
Royal Icing Transfers (Silhouettes)
Royal Icing Transfers (Spiders)
Ruffles – Premium tutorial
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Silhouette Cookie Tutorial (Royal Icing Transfers)
Snow Globe Cookies
Spider Cookies (Royal icing transfers)
Starfish Cookies
Swan Cookies
Sugar Cookie Recipe
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Tea Cup Cookies
Teddy Bear Cookies
Tissue Paper Transfer Method (Piping without a KopyKake projector)
Toy Story Cookies 
Tropical Sunset Cookies (Hand painted)
Tufted Cookies – Premium tutorial
Tufted Cookies (Valentine’s Day)
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Unicorn Cookies (time lapse)
Unicorn Cookies (with Sprinkle Pop Sprinkles)
Unicorn Cookies (Winged)
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Valentine’s Day Cookies (Conversation hearts)
Valentine’s Day Cookies (Minions)
Valentine’s Day Cookies – Pink and Gold Hearts (Premium Tutorial)
Valentine’s Day Cookies (Wet on Wet)
Valentine’s Day Cookies (Zebra Print)
Vanilla Bean Buttercream Recipe
Vase Cookies (Cracked glaze technique)
Vintage Monogram Cookies
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Wet-On-Wet Royal Icing Technique (Roses)
Wet-On-Wet Royal Icing Technique (Stripes)
Wood Grain Cookies
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Zebra Print Cookies
Zebra Print Cookies (Rainbow)
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