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Macarons You’ll Drool Over (Promise!)

Making macarons - Talk Sweet to M

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Finished Macarons - Talk Sweet to Me

A week or so ago I reviewed SprinkleBakes by Heather Baird. It is a lovely book and I finally had a chance to make one of the recipes this week. Even though they have grown exponentially in popularity in recent years, for one reason or another I’ve never had the chance to make macarons. Until now!

Macaron recipe - Talk Sweet to Me

I am told that making macaron batter is a very delicate process and must be done carefully in the right level of humidity and etc. Those warnings always make me want to go ahead and schedule in an anxiety attack, but I decided to just jump in and see what happened. Luckily there was no need to worry…I’m no rocket scientist and they turned out great!

The batter was a really smooth egg mixture with a lovely sheen to it.

Macaron batter on beater - Talk Sweet to Me

I made rounds of the batter on the parchment-covered cookie sheet using my cake decorating tips. Here they are heading into the oven:

Batter on cookie sheets - Talk Sweet to Me

And once they came out of the oven:

Macaron shells with foot - Talk Sweet to Me

I was lucky and the macarons formed the “foot” which is the crinkly part at the bottom. It’s really fun when something turns out just like the pictures you’ve drooled over for years!

The finished product:

Macarons on Talk Sweet to Me

Heather’s recipe in SprinkleBakes was super easy to follow and DELICIOUS!!! I filled them with my regular ol’ buttercream recipe tinted in springtime colors. After a taste test, my husband declared them a new top ten favorite. That’s a win, folks!

Check out Heather Baird’s SprinkleBakes for the recipe or look on her website for a few options here or here. You can also see if it’s available in your local library if you want to take a sneak peek, or just jump right in and find it on Amazon!

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Cake Beginnings

Flashback - talksweettome.comSo…I’m 3 weeks from my first baby’s due date, and I’d like to do a little series of flashbacks to share with you my experiences training in the world of cake before I started my business in Kansas City. It all begins with Wilton classes at the local craft store in Athens, GA while I was in school. I took all three of the courses that were offered at the time, and a few pictures of the cakes we made are below:

Wilton cakes - talksweettome.comI’m not particularly proud of these cakes (umm…or the photos!) and am honestly a little embarrassed to share them now. But…I’ll throw myself on out there for criticism because no one can possibly be more critical than me. It just goes to show that a person has to start learning somewhere!

Some friends from school got married that spring, and I was asked to make wedding cookie favors for them. It was super-fun! The picture on the left was the inspiration photo given to me by the bride (I am unsure of the source). They would look different if I did them today, but they tasted good and it was actually my first delivery for a wedding!

Holly-Eric Wedding Cookies - talksweettome.comAfter that I made a few cakes for customers while living in Atlanta. Here are a few of them:

Atlanta cakes - talksweettome.comAbout a year later, I moved to Sydney, Australia, still dreaming about working in the cake world. After a series of lucky breaks I became an intern at Planet Cake, one of the top cake shops in the city.

I began working as an intern one day a week, and it was amazing how much there was to learn! After some discussion with Paris Cutler, I started a blog called The Planet Cake Intern to document and share my experiences there. The next few weeks of postings on Talk Sweet to Me will share with you the weekly adventures while I was there, followed by my transition to working in the U.S. Enjoy!

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Baby Onesie Cookies

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I know this is a cake blog…but we don’t discriminate against other forms of sugar around here. How stinkin’ adorable are these cookies from The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery?!

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Since I just reviewed the Confetti Cakes Cookbook, I thought it was high time that I try a recipe or two from it. I’m a bit partial to my mom’s sugar cookies, but the Vanilla Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing from the Confetti Cakes Cookbook were really quite good.

Plus, in the midst of planning for our first baby to arrive in September this year, I couldn’t pass up the chance to make these. I had absolutely no reason to (no occasion coming up, no dinner parties planned, can’t really take them to work), but I’m getting so enamored with the cuteness of it all that I simply could not resist.

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On to the fun! I followed the recipe exactly. The dough was a little bit different texture than my usual sugar cookie dough…harder and denser. However, it was easy to handle (after cooling it in the fridge) and cut out the shapes of the onesies with a knife. I made a copy and cut out the template from the book – it was perfect!

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These cookies remind me a little bit more of shortbread cookies than sugar cookies, but keep their shape really well when baking. That is, of course, crucial to having the most adorable onesie cookies ever!

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Next it was royal icing time. I’ve never enjoyed the taste of the stuff, but the Confetti Cakes recipe, paired with this recipe for sugar cookies, tasted good to me. First was piping the outline…

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…then my favorite part: flooding it with the flow icing!

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Then on to the overpiping and details. Since we’re not finding out boy vs. girl before the baby comes along, some gender-neutral hearts, stars, sheep, cherries, and the letter “D” (for baby Donnelly, of course!) served as decoration.

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This project was so much fun! Now I don’t know what to do with all these cookies I have sitting around my house besides make some iced tea, invite a couple friends over and…eat them!

Do you make cookies in addition to cakes in your business? Do you prefer making one over the other? I’d love to know!

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