Hahahaha! Silly Baker!! What was I thinking?! Oh right, I'm a kitchen wizard, lol! What I got was not what I was expecting. Apparently, another cookie baker/blogger had at one time, made these adorable sugar cookies that were based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It's a very sweet story all done in water colors. Ok, so how hard could it be to find some cookie cutters, bake a delicious sugar cookie and make it happen? So of course I promised her the cookies and I wouldn't disappoint!
Let's start with the cookie baker/blogger who had apparently abandoned her blog 2 years ago and had over 100 requests for those cookies. I scoured the internet trying to find her, all to no avail. Do you see a business opportunity? I sure did! An exhaustive search of the internet revealed that while there is a caterpillar cookie cutter on the market, there is no caterpillar cookie cutter for THIS caterpillar. And while I found a lot of other folks out there baking and selling cookies based on this story, none of them even closely resembled what my client was looking for. So a little research was definitely in order!
Right here, let me give a BIG SHOUT OUT to Bake at 350(blogger& sugar cookie maven) and University of Cookie where I spent an exhaustive amount of time reading and watching tutorial videos until I had the confidence to get started. A million Thank You's!
What I discovered was that sometimes you have to make your own cookie cutter and sometimes you can have one custom made. In this case, I decided to make my own and use a technique I learned at University of Cookie for when you have to cut the dough by hand.
I also learned that making Royal Icing, piping and flooding isn't nearly as hard or scary as I thought. Gel colors, while they get a bad rap, don't really make the icing taste bad if you make a good tasting icing! However, the cookie should always be the star of the show so make sure it tastes delicious!
Most importantly, remember, it is just a cookie! Yes, people will oooh! and aaah! over how it looks but it's not life or death, it's fun!
In the end, I was pretty pleased with my results. I'd have to say that this was perhaps one of my most challenging cookie adventures but now I am hooked! It's a great tasting, sturdy cookie that looks fabulous and I am ready to take on other characters but I have a feeling that this Very Hungry Caterpillar will be the show stopper for a long time to come!