Saturday, 5 April 2014

Olaf from Frozen Cookie Tutorial

An array of decorated cookies with Olaf from Frozen, photo by Honeycat Cookies

This is the first of several posts showing how I make cookies with characters from Disney's Frozen. These were party favours of Olaf's face. The second part features Princesses Anna and Elsa cookies and this later post is a tutorial for creating royal icing eyes.

To start with I flooded the cookies with a cool blue colour, and while still wet, sprayed with silver from a low angle, so that the sheen was off set. I've been using hexagons for these sorts of cookies a lot as I love the shape and how they fit together, and straight sided shapes are a lot easier to outline and flood than circles.

You will need:

Cookie bases flooded and dried until hard.
White and orange 20 second royal icing.
Black, brown and blue food colour gel or paste.
Essence or alcohol to dilute the food colour.
Large black sugar pearls.
In addition to the usual piping equipment: a scribe tool or toothpick (or my personal favouite, a bradawl!) and a fine paintbrush kept for food use only.

1. Using whichever is your favourite method to transfer images onto cookies, scribe or draw the image onto the cookie.

I used the Camera Lucida ipad app here (I've since updated to a Pico projector, but the app is a great way to get started very cheaply, if you already have a smart phone or ipad). Another useful method, if you don't have a Kopykake or app, is to trace the image, then use pin pricks through the tracing to mark out the shape on the cookie. I used to use this a lot. For complex images, you can end up with an awful lot of pinholes on the cookie, it can get confusing - like join the dots without any numbers to help you! I've never tried Sweetambs' tissue paper method, but it looks more direct and effective than my old pinhole method.

Blue cookie with Olaf's mouth painted black and eyes piped in royal icing, photo by Honeycat Cookies

2. Using black food colouring and vanilla essence to make quite a thick paint, paint the dark area of the mouth. This takes quite a time to dry, but covers the area well without having to mix and flood black royal icing.

3. Pipe white icing blobs for the eyes, and use a scribe tool to tease out the shapes to fit the image. These had to be a bit lopsided because of the angle of his face and nose. Add black sugar pearls for the pupils.

Blue cookie with Olaf's mouth, eyes and teeth, photo by Honeycat Cookies

 4. Next pipe the tooth. Generally, it's a good idea to work out which areas are meant to be 'behind' others, and work from 'back to front', as each successive section will slightly overlap the previous ones, unless you're very careful. I usually think the process through and create a 'paint by numbers' plot in my mind before starting.

Blue cookie with Olaf's mouth, eyes, teeth and face piped, photo by Honeycat Cookies

5. Flood the head and face with white, using the scribe tool to tease the icing in between the eyes and into the sharper corners.

Blue cookie with Olaf's mouth, teeth, eyes, face and lips piped, photo by Honeycat Cookies

6. Fill in the top lip and add highlights to the black sugar pearls. Make sure to get the cookie back in front of a fan or in the dehydrator quickly - don't mess about trying to take photos and think you'll get away without craters starting to form...

Olaf cookie with carrot nose piped on, photo by Honeycat Cookies

7. Pipe the carrot nose and tease into shape with the scribe tool.

8. Allow all the areas to dry, then add painted details: using a little brown food colouring, paint shading around the carrot. A light blue between the white eyeballs and white head adds a little depth and definition otherwise they can get a bit lost. Using the same thick black food colouring paint, paint in the sticks in his head, the 'eyeliner' and the eyebrows.
I used the same method, and same white and orange icing for this full body Olaf, but I piped the arms in the orange, then painted them brown afterwards.I also added blue shading down the side of his body.

Plaque shaped cookie with whole Olaf in royal icing, cookie and photo by Honeycat Cookies

Find Part 2, featuring Anna and Elsa here!

Why not check out my Camera Lucida ipad app and Moshi Monster character tutorial!