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Thank you for taking the time to visit! I’ve decided to start blogging simply to add my story to my creations. My work is dedicated to all that have placed faith in me to create something wonderful for them.

Aileen Master

This past March, my friend Yvonne requested sushi shaped cookies for her daughter’s 10th birthday party. She had sushi as the main entree, sushi shaped cupcakes, sushi made out of rice crispies and candy. The girls also got to dress up in kimono’s and learned a few Japanese words.

I had a vision in mind, but wasn’t sure how to go about certain textures. I’ve seen jimmies used as the rice texture and I loved that idea. I also looked up clip art pictures of sushi. One thing I did want was the texture of nori sushi and I think I successfully got it!

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The one challenge was the shrimp sushi. I can’t wait to retry this again in the future.

It was definitely fun to make and display on a platter just like a sushi platter!
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Happy 10th Birthday to Isabella!

As I view this collection, I’m reminded how much I’ve missed decorating cookies. This is the smallest collection I’ve made in one year. I decide for 2012 that I would step away from decorating cookies and focus on volunteering at my children’s school. To be honest, I was getting tired of the late night hours of decorating. I was at the point that I was crying because I wasn’t having fun anymore.

My 2012 collection reflects my most detailed designs I’ve made yet. The great thing about taking less orders was the amount of time I got to spend on each design. I still got to create but didn’t have to make 300+ cookies every week.

Now that 2013 is here, I’m ready to come back to the creative world. I’ve already booked a few orders for the year and excited to see what comes next!!

So here it is, my 2012 cookie collection…I hope you enjoy!
Harajuku Favors for Ava! Harajuku Favors for Ava!

Harajuku cookies for Ava's cake

Harajuku cookies for Ava’s cake

Simple hearts for Valentine's Day

Simple hearts for Valentine’s Day


Camryn's Birthday Cookie platter

Camryn’s Birthday Cookie platter


Camryn designed this cookie for her 9 birthday

Camryn designed this cookie for her 9 birthday


Laura & Brian's Monogram Cookie

Laura & Brian’s Monogram Cookie


Laura & Brian's wedding cake cookie

Laura & Brian’s wedding cake cookie


Liam's 1st birthday basket

Liam’s 1st birthday basket


Jeanette's twin baby shower cookies

Jeanette’s twin baby shower cookies

Marie's Owl & Scrabble Baby Shower Cookies Marie’s Owl & Scrabble Baby Shower Cookies
Lopez Wedding Cupcakes

Lopez Wedding Cupcakes


Manny & Christina Cupcake
Turquoise Owls for Rhea's sister's baby shower

Turquoise Owls for baby shower


Daphne's 7th Birthday cupcake decorating party

Daphne’s 7th Birthday cupcake decorating party


Minnie Mouse Cookies for a 2 year old!

Minnie Mouse Cookies for a 2 year old!


Kaelyn's Minnie Mouse cookies

Kaelyn’s Minnie Mouse cookies


Coral Soccerball

Coral Soccerball


Thanksgiving cookies for the Varney Family

Thanksgiving cookies for the Varney Family


Sophia's 5 birthday Japanese character cookies

Sophia’s 5 birthday Japanese character cookies


Elaina's Hello Kitty Cake

Elaina’s Hello Kitty Cake


Fondant mini Christmas cookies

Fondant mini Christmas cookies


Christmas Stocking for the Varney Family

Christmas Stocking for the Varney Family


Santa's Cookies

Santa’s Cookies


Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

Thanks for stopping by and hope 2013 brings more cookie designs!
Aileen

I wish I had the talents of cake decorators!  Designing cookies is one thing, but cakes are not my favorite to decorate. I love seeing all those awesome three tier cakes, topsy turvy cakes, fondant, gum paste flower, buttercream ruffles…I could go on!

For my daughter’s 5th birthday, she requested a Hello Kitty cake. The last time I made her a cake was for her first birthday.

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Although the end results came out okay, I look at this cake and see lots of tears shed, many little flaws and 5 hours of work just decorating! This was one of my breaking moments that told me I wasn’t a cake decorator.

Now that Elaina’s 5th birthday was here, I wanted a cake that would feed all our guest and look cute. I went to the local wholesale store to purchase a full sheet cake. I originally wanted white frosting with chocolate cake, however, they only provided two types of cakes, white cake/white frosting or chocolate cake/chocolate frosting.Image

I specifically asked for them to score the cake which makes it easier to cut the cake in 48 slices evenly. But the main reason for the scoring was because of this next picture…

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As you can see, the cookies fit nicely in the squares. This also allowed my daughter to put the cookies in patterns.

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Last cookie down!

Now comes the letters!  Here’s a little trick, when I’m designing with words, I always start from the middle and work my way out so the word is even. Elaina couldn’t understand why we were starting with “I” when her name started with an “E”.Image

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To make sure every slice of cake gets a cookie, Elaina made a row of cookies along the sides of the cake.

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Elaina & Hello Kitty!

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Here’s the complete cake. The “Happy Birthday” letters are made out of fondant and dried overnight.

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She was very pleased with her cake especially since she got to decorate it herself!

As give-a-ways for the kids, I made homemade playdough and found these really neat plastic containers that stacked on each other nicely. Also attached were cookie cutters I bought years back for another party that I ended up not using.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Baking Everyone!
Aileen

I love when I get phone calls from old friends that delivers wonderful news that make me jump up and down!  We’ve known Manny & Christina for over 13 years. My husband and Manny have known each over 25 years. They are like family to us and when they announced they were getting married, we couldn’t be more happy for them.  A true surprise was getting the call asking if I could make their cupcakes for their wedding.  I couldn’t say no.

Manny & Christina’s wedding color theme was black, white and red. Manny designed their wedding invitation and they wanted the cupcakes to mirror that theme.  They chose their favorite cupcake flavors: Lemon, Red Velvet & Vanilla cupcakes. My inspirations came from the following: http://pinterest.com/amastercreation/m-c-s-wedding-cupcake-inspirations/

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For those of you that bake cupcakes professionally, you will find that there were some challenges I was facing. The main challenge was July’s heat & humidity! It was a good thing Manny & Christina’s wedding was in the evening!  Below is the complete display of their cupcakes. The boxes were provided by the the bride. It was one of the coolest displays I’ve ever seen!

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Twelve dozen cupcakes total!

Congratulations to Manny & Christina! We are truly honored to partake in your special day!

 

I love Christmas songs! I love hearing it on the radio, the malls, carolers, etc. I hum “We wish you a Merry Christmas” while I bake, I whistle “White Christmas” while I wrap presents. My kids also get into the holiday spirit and sing along. So what’s your favorite Christmas Song?

Here’s a few of mine:

May your holiday be filled with lots of love and laughter. As I tell my kids, it’s not the gifts that you receive that’s important, but the joy of giving to those you love.

Happy Holidays you and your family!
Aileen

Two posts in a week is a little bit strange for me, but I was so excited about this project that came to play over the weekend. After Cookie Camp, I was so inspired by the talent that I had the urge to create something out of the ordinary.

About a year ago, I bought these candy boxes from Papermart. I had plans to do something with them, but they ended up being to small. So I was stuck with 50 candy boxes and they sat in my closet until this weekend.

I was inspired by two very talented cookie artists, Lilaloa and Karen’s Cookies. Lilaloa’s Halloween Cookies and Karen’s Cookie Halloween Cookies, became my inspiration for this idea. You don’t necessarily have to have specific shaped cookie cutters to decorate cookies.

My FIRST design was based on the famous candy…Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Puzzles


During this time of the year, I can’t get enough of candy corn! So I thought this was a cute idea.

Who wants candy?

My SECOND idea was simple, but so darn cute!

3 cute spiders

And here’s how they look inside the box.

Spiders in Candy Box

My THIRD design, I thought of my three little girls and their puzzles. How fun would it be to get a box of cookies and get to play with them AND eat them after.

And here it is in the box.

My LAST design was actually my first design when I came up with this cookie in a box idea. I think this is my favorite pumpkin cookie I’ve ever decorated.

Pumpkin Puzzle

The placement of the cookies end up being a nice surprise. You think you’re getting a box of orange cookies that say “Happy Halloween” but it actually is a cookie puzzle!

Pumpkin Puzzle in a Box

Here’s the complete set.

Complete set of Halloween Puzzles 2011

Many thanks to Glorious Treats for great photography tips!!!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked designing the cookies!
Wishing you and your family a Happy Halloween!!!

~Aileen Master~
http://www.amastercreation.com

As most hobbyist, the internet became my muse over the years. Researching, reading, commenting on every kind of cake/cupcake website. There were tons of pictures of cakes and cupcakes but only a few decorated cookies. I did stumble upon a few websites that had forums for cookie decorators, but it didn’t feel like home.

A lot of the cakes and cupcake pictures I loved came from a website called Flickr. I liked the idea to display my work in a gallery, but was it worth it? At the time, there were internet thieves stealing pictures of others work and passing them on as their own. I didn’t want that to happen to me if I posted my pictures. So my husband suggested I put some type of copyright on all my pictures so at least it could be traced. In November 2008, I posted my first picture:

I was nervous! would anyone like my designs? would anyone even comment? would anyone even…care? Everyday I would check to see if someone noticed me out there. Surely, one by one, comments started coming and the more pictures I posted, the more excited I felt that someone out there actually is noticing my work. In Flickr, there’s groups you can join and I was invited to my first one by Susan, aka Andovercookiemama. She was so sweet and encouraging! From that point, I start to become friends with all my cookie idols. Some would comment on my work and I’d call my husband to tell him “Glorious Treats said something on my picture!” or “I can’t believe Sweetsugarbelle liked what I did! or “You won’t believe what Montreal Confections made this time!” He thought I was crazy talking to these people.

As years went by, I got to know some of these fellow cookiers on a person level as well. Some went through happy times, some through difficult times. Some were diagnosed with cancer. Some became parents or grandparents for the first time. Some lost loved ones. Some became famous. Some just needed a place to vent. The point is…we became friends.

Two years ago, a few fellow cookie friends planned a wonderful idea to try to get us together in one place. I couldn’t attend last year but knew I had to go this year.

I could go into details of what we did each day, but our wonderful hostess (Lisa, Pam & Maryann) kept us so busy from 8am-12am. We did EVERYTHING cookie related! Cookie contests, cookie taste test, cookie decorating, cookie team decorating, cookie cutter exchange and more!

For our hostess, Lisa (akaThebearfootbaker), we surprised her with individual cookie flowers, leaves & critters.

It’s amazing to see so much love and talent all on this little platter!

One of my favorite moments had to be working with Susan (Andovercookiemama), Denyse (DenyseAL), Maryann (Cookieartisian-also our cookie camp coordinator), and Johnna (Polkadot Zebra). Our challenge was to decorated a facade of a house shaped cookie. We came up with this:

Here’s the best cookie team ever!

Here’s a few blog posts from other fellow cookie friends that wrote about our experience at Cookie Camp:
Glorious Treat, She posted all the camp sponsors, check them all out!!!
CookieCrazie, also one of the greatest cookie camp organizers!
Adozeneggs, FYI-she ships her cookies!!!
Karen’s Cookie. One our favorite sponsors!

Thank you to all you wonderful ladies that I’m so happy to have finally met in person. This trip will always have a special place in my heart. Here we all are!

Thank you to Maryann (Cookieartisian) & Daniela (SugarRushTreats for allowing me to use their pictures for this post.

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