Saturday Spotlight: Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #6 Recap

Well, you sure pieced together some cool cookie creations for last month's frankencookie challenge. I asked you guys to combine two or more cutters into one shape, and it was almost frightening how many cool shapes you came up with! Can't wait to shine the spotlight on our picks!

Our prize this month is a great Cookie Connection apron donated by Julia, and with help from Janet Kasa's generosity, a set of Helvetica letter cookie cutters!! It's a great prize, and I couldn't be happier to award it to Kerri R. of Fernwood Cookie!

Her submission of Skeletons Gone Mad is a fabulous entry too - the contributors panel loves the use of cutters, the little details, and all of the fabulous shading. Super original and creepy-cute-fun perfect for the Halloween season!


Skeletons Gone Mad

 

And without further ado, here are the ten cookies we picked to spotlight from the Practice Bakes Perfect frankencookie challenge!

 

Birds on a Wire by Bakerloo Station

Birds on a Wire

That a few simple shapes can be put together into something amazing is proven with this set! So much fabulous detail, different on each bird, and a lovely color palette make this such a funky and fun group of cookies.

 

Little Owl with a Special Delivery by Miss Doughmestic

Little Owl Special Delivery

Adorable. It’s great that this little guy is taking flight! What a super idea to add some wings to make him fly, as most owl cookies are sitting. We appreciate the fun twist to have them hold rattles, and the clean icing work with so many techniques makes this a fantastic entry!

 

Full Moon Pumpkin Patch by Sweetiedoodle 

Full Moon Pumpkin Patch

An incredible piece of handpainted work! We love how she was able to create so much depth by using the frankencookie method and paint. The cookie truly gives the appearance of a spooky fall night. The tree and pumpkin vine details are also wonderful, and the pumpkin shape on which it’s created ties it all together!

 

Wedding Gown and Oval Frankencookie by bette 

Wedding Gown Wind and Pumpkin

The use of the dress cutter, upside down, brings a lot of movement to the piece; the shape is very reminiscent of the swirl of the wind . . . like the cookie itself is causing the leaves to stir.

 

Jack-o-Lantern Filled with Candy by Dany's Cakes 

Jack-O-Lantern Filled with Candy

Another entry, perfect for the Halloween season. Love the use of wafer paper for the candies - really looks real!

 

Perfume Bottle by Cori at Sweet Coralice

Perfume Bottle

A great choice of cutters to achieve this cookie! The rattle cutter is ideal for the top of the bottle. The simple, yet perfect icing and fondant detail give this entry a sweet charm.

 

Witch's Legs by Janet at Roll Your Own Cookie

Witch's Legs

Cute and seasonal! Love the frame and the bats flitting about. Another entry with a lot of great techniques at play - they all tie together well for spooky Halloween fun!

  

Halloween Moon by La Galleta Perfecta para tu evento

Halloween Moon

Witty and very complex, beautifully executed. We especially like the line of the design - it frames its own story!

  

Eye Really Like Octopi, and Octopi Like Eyes! by Kim Damon

Eye Really Like Octopi- Kim Damon

Great use of cutters to create a unique, crazy, creepy cookie set! Grotesque and wonderful! (And also, a great title!)

  

The Unicorn Getaway! by Love Bug Cookies

The Unicorn Getaway

We love that there are many pieces to this cookie, but you’d never guess it by seeing the finished product! The cookies that are tied and floating off the basket are great . . . and what a sweet little story it tells!

 

Thank you again, everyone, for sharing such great cookie work for this challenge! I hope you like the next one and will consider playing along!

 

 

Rebecca Weld came to cookie decorating from gingerbread house making. As a "real" architect, busy business owner, and mother of two small children, Rebecca discovered that gingerbread houses had a way of getting out of hand, and that cookie baking offered her a more manageable artistic outlet. Always eager to be a part of the cookie conversation, Rebecca maintains an active Facebook page as The Cookie Architect, as well as Pinterest and Instagram presences. She makes cookies to inspire herself and others, to feed those needs that art fills in all artists: expression, sharing, stretching yourself. 

 

Photo credit: Rebecca Weld

 

NotePractice Bakes Perfect is a monthly Cookie Connection blog feature written by Rebecca Weld that poses inspiration or challenges to get you to stretch as a cookie artist - for practice, for prizes, and for fun! Its content expresses the views of the author and not necessarily those of this site, its owners, its administrators, or its employees. Catch up on all of Rebecca's past Cookie Connection posts here.

 

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I am FRANKLY amazed and honored to see my cookie here!  I was so tempted to do a cookie for last month's texture challenge but lacked the confidence to actually follow through with uploading.  The concept of a Frankencookie was totally new for me. I am still working  at making a cookie cutter be what it is intended to be! I read the challenge… watched all the videos… then perused my collection of cutters… grabbed a sketchpad… and the rest was fun!  The hardest part was stepping out of my comfort zone and actually uploading the cookie to the site.  Thanks for the encouragement.  THANK YOU!

Originally Posted by bette:

I am FRANKLY amazed and honored to see my cookie here!  I was so tempted to do a cookie for last month's texture challenge but lacked the confidence to actually follow through with uploading.  The concept of a Frankencookie was totally new for me. I am still working  at making a cookie cutter be what it is intended to be! I read the challenge… watched all the videos… then perused my collection of cutters… grabbed a sketchpad… and the rest was fun!  The hardest part was stepping out of my comfort zone and actually uploading the cookie to the site.  Thanks for the encouragement.  THANK YOU!

Now you HAVE TO do it again! The result was fabulous! Don't sell yourself short!

To be "honorably mentioned" is an honor. I feel like the kid peeking in at the pros. Thanks for letting me come and play! Not sure if this is therapy for everyone on this site but it is for me. So thank you!

ditto... and yes indeed.. this is therapy!

To be "honorably mentioned" is an honor. I feel like the kid peeking in at the pros. Thanks for letting me come and play! Not sure if this is therapy for everyone on this site but it is for me. So thank you!

 

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