You guys, I have a new cake decorating obsession that I know I won’t be able to shake for a while. I’m talking about putting cookies on top of a cake. Weird, I know, but it’s a showstopper! Hear me out on this one. Why fuss with fondant or marzipan when you know you don’t want to? Leave the work and cuteness all to cut-out cookies. It might be the same amount of work in the end, but at least people will actually enjoy eating the decorations this time.
I put this cake together for Henry’s first birthday party last week (party details on Mash soon!) and now I’m going to tell you how. It’s ridiculously simple.
To make it easy on me, which I’ve been all about lately, I ordered a (OMG good) banana cake with cream cheese frosting from our favorite local bakery, requesting they spread the frosting on extra smooth so I could work with a blank canvas.
Then, the cookies did the rest.
Start off making one batch of sugar cut-out cookies. Make the royal icing and divide it into smaller batches to make a variety of colors using gel food coloring (Wilton’s is my favorite on color selection). Carefully pour each color into an icing bottle or bag with a fine tip/mouth. You’ll want the frosting consistency to be that of molasses, FYI. Too runny and it will drip down the sides of your cookies. Learn from my mistakes, mmmkay.
Once cookies are iced and have had plenty of time to dry, you’re set to start. Pop one of those suckers into your mouth for quality assurance aand, go!
OH! This is important – make sure your cake is chilled before decorating it.
Carefully organize your cookies the way you want them according to the shape of the cake to see if all of the letters/decorations will fit perfectly. Then place the cookies gently on top of the cake just in case you need to move or adjust a few once all of them are on. Once you’re satisfied with the look, gently push each cookie to secure it with the buttercream frosting as it’s glue.
Aren’t you just in LOVE!!?
Expect to see more of this from me. Maybe a Super Bowl cookie cake? #CantStopWontStop