birthday cookies!! cake, candles, a glass of milk and a fork

Birthday cookies! Made for a friend I’ve known since–yikes!–1990. That’s twenty-plus years if you’re counting. I had the candle cutter, but I cut out the milk, the slice of cake and the fork by hand. Here are some tips on making them.

I used my cookie dough and frosting recipe. Made these colors with my handy Americolor soft gel pastes (Egg Yellow, Electric Pink, Orange, Turquoise, Electric Green, Bright White, Super Black): very light yellow, yellow, pink, orange, turquoise, lime green, white, two shades of gray and black. Prepared disposable frosting bags with couplers and decorating tips, filled with the colors and tied closed with rubber bands. (For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.)

To decorate the candles, I outline the wick and the candle with the black (3 tip). Outlined the flame with orange (3 tip). Filled the flame with yellow (3 tip). Then made the stripes with white and colors (4 tips).

To decorate the fork, I outlined with black (3 tip) and piped to fill with light gray and dark gray (3 tips). (As you can see, I should’ve flooded the gray icing, but I was feeling very lazy and just piped it in.)

To decorate the milk, I outline with black (3 tip), then piped an outline with turquoise and white (3 tips). Then flooded icing in the same colors to fill. To flood, thin icing by stirring in drops of water until the icing is the consistency of thick glue, fill an empty frosting bag, snip 1/4 inch from the tip, and loosely pipe in the area to be filled. Let the icing run to the edges, encouraging with a toothpick as needed.

To decorate the cake, I outlined the frosting with pink (3 tip). I outlined the cake part with light yellow (3 tip). Then I piped pink to fill the frosting area using a 5 tip and immediately added sprinkles. Then I flooded the cake part with light yellow.

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  1. franca says

    ciao,sono italiana ,girando per il web ho trovato il tuo blog e lo trovo molto bello,questi biscotti poi sono davvero bellissimi e di sicuro anche buoni, ciao,ora metto una traduzione online perchè non parlo inglese,quindi mi scuso per eventuali errori,
    ciao e buona domenica

    hello, I'm Italian, browsing the web I found your blog and find it very beautiful, then these cookies are beautiful and really am sure also good, hello, now put online a translation because I do not speak English, so I apologize for any errors ,
    Hello and happy Sunday

  2. Chic Cookies says

    Thank you so much Franca! I have some other readers in Italy and Spain and elsewhere in the world, so I use "" a lot to read their comments :) It lets me get the gist of the words and lets me keep in touch. I need to learn a lot more languages!!

  3. kate says

    Super cute!! Love it! You are so creative! Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love when you have a new post. I have one question- how do you decide when to use a squeeze bottle? Is it only for flooding? Are there specific bottles for this or is it just some kind of dessert sauce bottle?
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

  4. Chic Cookies says

    Great question Kate! People use squeeze bottles when flooding (like in the milk up there, I should've flooded the fork, but I was lazy). Flooding is what makes a smooth, icing surface. You outline your cookie with a stiff frosting (I use a disposable frosting bag/coupler/decorating tip for this part), then use icing thinned with water to fill in. Most use squeeze bottles for this. I never use squeeze bottles. In lieu of a squeeze bottle, I use an empty, disposable frosting bag and snip the corner(so no coupler/decorating tip).

  5. Chic Cookies says

    OOps, replied too fast. The squeeze bottles people use for flooding (again, I have some of these, but I never use them) are available in the craft store. If you go to and search "squeeze bottle," they show up first.

  6. Lorraine says

    These are so great! I love them. What a wonderful gift for your friend. They look so realistic! The colors in the cake are perfect!

  7. kate says

    Thanks! I have just been using a frosting bag with a larger tip. I like the idea of not having to wash a bottle, tip or coupler. I will try your way next time. I am still working on getting the right consistency. If I had a magic dish washing fairy, I'd make cookies day and night! :)I am not creative, so I love to "share" the ideas you and others come up with! Thanks for sharing them!

  8. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie says

    Absolutely adorable! Cake and cooking decorating are my kitchen nemeses, but I wish I could do something half this fun!

    You probably said, and I didn't see it but what brand of tips do you use? Wilton? I'm planning to buy a nicer kit than I currently have {betty crocker}, and I want to make the right investment.

  9. Chic Cookies says

    Stephanie, I use Wilton. I use the Wilton brand 12-inch disposable frosting bags (clear plastic), their standard coupler, and the Wilton decorating tips, numbers 2 through 5, found in the craft store. Ateco is another good brand, and one used more by professionals rather than home bakers, found in Sur la Table and other specialty chain or cake decorating stores, but I feel like Wilton stay rust-free much longer.

  10. Chic Cookies says

    Exactly, Kate. I find that the squeeze bottles are a paint to wash and that you end up wasting so much icing that clings to the bottle (I make my flooding icing thicker than most decorators). And the bag/larger tip idea works just as well, maybe even better for the control factor, than my empty snipped bag. I just skip that add-a-coupler/tip step due to laziness.

  11. bridget {bake at 350} says

    Oh my gosh….you are SO fun! Can I just follow you around your kitchen, please?!?

    {stumbled, tweeted…and whatever else I can think of ;)}

  12. Jess says

    Absolutely amazing, these are beautiful, especially the cake one. Would you consider putting on a video tutorial on how you did it? You've managed to make me go AWW, again. Just amazing.
    Jess : )

  13. foodies at home says

    I am always so impressed with people you can decorate a cookie so perfectly! You my friend are one of those people!

  14. franca says

    I would love to be able to speak your language, I only know a few words so I have to arrange with the translator, but better than nothing even if it is not very precise you can make sense of what it means.
    hello and I hope to see you in my blog.

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