I’m back! He vuelto!

I know it seems like I disappeared… but I’ll be back soon!! Since I last posted (nearly 3 years ago!!) we have purchased our first home meaning that now we have our very own kitchen!!! The possibilities are endless!! 😁🎂🍪🍰🥗🍍🥑
Sé que parece que desaparecí… pero volveré pronto!! Desde que escribí por última vez (hace casi 3 años!!) nos hemos comprados nuestra primera hogar, que significa que tenemos nuestra propia cocina!!! Los posibilidades no tiene limite!! 😁🎂🍪🍰🥗🍍🥑

First little business card

So since I’ve been getting such great responses to my desserts, I decided to create a little business card. I drew the image and my friend Megan helped graphic-design-it up! 🙂 What do you think?!

What I’ve done before now…

Hi all!

So, I’ve been struggling with “where to begin” because I’m far from just beginning my baking/crafting endeavors… So what I’ve decided to do in this post is to kind of summarize some of the neatest things I’ve done recently but then in my next post start from now and dedicate a post per dessert, DIY project, etc. Does that work for you? I hope so. Ok, so here goes nothing!!!

Ok so here are some birthday cupcakes that someone ordered from me that turned out pretty well. She requested one dozen chocolate cupcakes and one dozen vanilla cupcakes with the icing colored like “Monster High” which is the newest girl fad at the moment. I decided to take it a step further and try to make the logo with Royal Icing. This was a complete risk because I had never worked with Royal Icing before… and boy was it tough. I MUST give a big shout out and thank you to Mighty Morgan for her step by step guide to making the toppers. Hers turned out wonderfully, and I think mine turned out pretty well considering it was by first Royal Icing experience!! Let me know what you think!

Then there were Valentine’s day cupcakes.

An “Expinete” Birthday Cake.

An order for over 200 corn muffins. (Obviously this picture doesn’t show all of them!!)

Hand-painted measuring cups.

This picture shows where I come from…. the holidays with my family:

And I think that’s where I’ll stop because I could go on and on about what I’ve done in the past… but I’m more excited about the things I’ll come up with next!! I’ve been getting rather innovative with my recipes, trying new things, etc. It’s more exciting going “off book” and tampering with pretty much every recipe I come across and making it my own! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I’ve done and please stick around to see what I come up with next!!!

❤ Katie Cookie

The First of Many…

Soooo… here it is! My first official blog post. The hardest part is getting started, right?! RIGHT! Wow, I haven’t blogged since I had to for a final project in college!! 😉

So here’s the scoop. I’ve been baking all my life but I’ve never really thought to “put it out there” because where I’m from… everybody bakes. It’s never really been something “out of the ordinary” to me… UNTIL! I’m moved to Spain. Here not many people seem to bake (let alone from scratch). So I’ve been encouraged to start a blog (which I have found to be a dangerous thing!… all blogs lead to MORE blogs!!!) Which means yet another thing I can use as an excuse to sit around on the computer doing instead of folding laundry 😉 So I will be blogging about my baking endeavors: cookies, cakes, cupcakes, brownies, you name it, I bake it! 🙂

In addition to my blog, (and I know I’m a bit late on this but I just discovered Pinterest… and I absolutely LOVE it! So far I have 14 boards and I’m ready to start up this blog so that I can upload MY pictures of things I’ve done to then link them to my own “Katie’s Cookies” board. A friend of mine told me about a baking contest in April that’s going to take place here in Madrid and we’ll see what category I decide to enter into. Some are judged just on looks which I think is a bummer. I bake for taste more so for prettiness of it! I think all too many people are all too easily WOWed by the appearance of cakes/cupcakes/decorated cookies and don’t focus enough on taste or just straight up don’t know how to value good made-completely-from-scratch home baked goods because they were brought up only on store-bought baked goods.

One thing I must go ahead and state upfront: I am not at all a fan of fondant. I think it tastes pretty fake, even if it’s homemade. I do however plan to give a “marshmallow fondant” recipe a go the next time I make a cake… it might turn my fondant frown upside-down. Who knows. To me, the texture and the clean-cut look of traditional fondant gives a really nice finish to a cake and it always looks snazzy…. But taste-wise it can’t hold a light to good old-fashioned buttercream!!!

Ok, well that’s enough for now. I could go on, but I haven’t yet quit my day job because baking and blogging do not pay the bills quite yet 😉