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Watch-Learn-Create Challenge#56: Ruffle Borders with Noriko Forster

 

Hi, everyone ! Today we travel virtually all the way to Tokyo, Japan to meet Noriko Forster aka @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs), the featured guest of this Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #56. Noriko is best known in Japan as Cookie Crumbs, the name of her blog, while mintlemonade is her handle on social media and how she is best known outside Japan. Hence, her hybrid business name here on Cookie Connection and in her logo below!

I am sure we all agree that Noriko's dainty, picture-perfect cookies are her signature. Recognizable at a glance, her cookies are further distinguished by their sophisticated use of color, meticulously piped tiny flowers, delightful birds, and unique ruffle borders - the subject of this challenge! I have highlighted just a few of Noriko's gorgeous cookies in the collage below.

Noriko Forster's Signature Cookies

Of course, the cookies shown here are just the tip of the iceberg. Noriko's portfolio runs deep, as she first started decorating cookies back in 2012. By 2016, she was teaching six cookie decorating classes per month, all while raising two girls and working as a book editor. Noriko estimates she's taught 1,000 students in total over the years! In addition to being an accomplished instructor known across the globe, Noriko has had her cookies featured in the calendar of a famous Japanese cosmetics company (two years in a row) and in countless Saturday Spotlights. But perhaps the best reason that Noriko is a perfect challenge guest is because she knows our challenges inside and out! Having participated actively in our prior challenge format as early as 2013, Noriko has a deep appreciation for what it takes to put together a challenge entry!

To learn more about Noriko and her cookie art, please check out her Cookie Connection portfolio and her in-depth Cookier Close-up interview with Julia from a few years ago.

Topic

Over the past few months, I've seen growing popularity of piped royal icing borders on cookies, very likely a spillover from the vintage-style cake trend that features elaborately piped buttercream ruffles, swags, ropes, and other borders. That being said, I am very happy to bring you an of-the-moment challenge topic focused on piped borders - but not just any borders! The royal icing ruffle borders that Noriko pipes on her cookies are very special. Classy, delicate, and timeless, they will bring your cookies to the next level.

In her kickoff demo for this challenge, Noriko showcases three types of royal icing ruffle borders that are made in a variety of ways. Some use conventional pastry tips; others use cellophane cones or tipless piping bags cut in unique ways to simulate pastry tips. Some are solely piped, but in a very particular manner; others are piped and then modified using brush embroidery methods to give them their distinctive looks. No matter the method used, each border is one-of-a-kind. See the screenshot from Noriko's video, below, for the ruffle borders she covers in her demo. As I say many times in the video, Noriko’s cookies are tiny work of arts, like little pieces of jewelry. It was so inspiring to watch her work!

A clarification is in order! I keep calling this kickoff video a “demo”, but it is truly an in-depth online class that provides every detail needed to recreate Noriko's borders. She discusses the best icing consistency for ruffle borders; she shows exactly how to snip bags to get certain ruffles when you don't have the necessary pastry tips; she even provides a resource list with links to all of the key tools used in the video.

Of course, this challenge is about more than replicating Noriko's three ruffle borders, as you'll see in "Rules" below. Noriko's video also provides an excellent launching pad for creating ruffles of your own design!

The Cookies Featured in Noriko's Demo

Noriko’s Kickoff Video

Below is a sneak peek of Noriko's kickoff video.

I was stunned to watch Noriko decorate as I was capturing her video. Seeing all of her incredible cookies displayed on one plate left me speechless. Her years of experience in the cookie classroom also shone through; she is truly a wonderful teacher. I am sure you’ll be left with the same feelings when you watch the full-length challenge video.

To read more details about what this 1 1/2-hour video includes and to purchase it, just click the button (photo) below to grab your Cookie Connection members-only discount code. This code will give you Noriko's video for a mere $5 (normally $30) if you purchase before the close of the challenge on March 24 (5 pm central time). Once you've gotten the code, follow the prompts on the discount code page to go to Julia's site to purchase the video. (Don't forget to apply the discount code at checkout!) You can also go directly to Noriko's video on Julia's site by using Noriko's affiliate link, but don't forget to grab your coupon code first.

If you're not a Cookie Connection member and want to watch the video at a discount, that's fine too. Just click the same button below, and you will be prompted to sign up for this site first (it's free). Then follow the exact same instructions above.

Remember, Noriko's resource list is also included in the video price, and will automatically be delivered to you once you purchase the video. And, of course, a video purchase does not obligate you to enter the challenge. You can watch the video without ever creating a challenge entry (though I certainly hope you do ).

Julia and I thank you in advance for purchasing the full-length video. Your video purchases support our featured guests, and make it possible for us to continue to bring top-notch guests and content to these challenges.

Rules

Remember, this challenge (like all of our challenges) is open to those of all skill levels because it is not a cookie competition; it is a learning experience and a chance to practice new techniques while connecting with other participants and Noriko. For this challenge, I leave you with three simple rules and the freedom to otherwise create as you wish:

  1. Your entry must consist of three (3) cookies of any shape/size with three (3) different ruffle borders. You can embellish your cookies however you like, but the ruffle borders should be allowed to shine!
  2. Two (2) of the three (3) ruffle borders should be among those featured by Noriko in her kickoff video. The other ruffle border should be your own design. We challenge you to get inspiration from Noriko's techniques, to use different pastry tips (or to cut piping bags in other ways), and to get creative!
  3. Enter as often as you want, but each entry should be a set of three (3) cookies with three (3) different ruffle borders. If you'd like to give all three of Noriko's borders a try, then create a second set that includes the one border of hers not in your first set, plus two borders of your own. Or put your own spin on all three borders in your extra set(s).

Prizes

Each entrant is eligible to participate in the random drawing that will determine this challenge's prize winners. There will be two winners this time. I encourage multiple entries because the more times you enter, the greater your chances of winning - and the prizes are wonderful as always!

The first challenge prize is kindly offered by Noriko, and it's her digital workbook entitled, "Embroidery-Like Piping" (in English). Thank you, Noriko, for offering this terrific prize! More techniques to learn!

Challenge Prize Offered by Noriko

A second winner will receive one free past challenge demo of his/her choice from among the past five videos pictured below. (Note: Julia's demo comes in two parts.) As with Noriko's video, each demo is truly an online master class taught by one of the cookie business' best. You're definitely in for a treat if you win!

Prize #2

An Aside: Julia's Demo Sale!


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f you don’t want to wait for the random drawing in eight (8) weeks to see if you win the free challenge demo, then you're in luck. Julia is running a sale on all past challenge demos between now and February 14 (5 pm central time). With code PAST20, you'll get 20% off any of them. Just shop here in Julia's tutorial library, and apply the code at checkout. Remember, Noriko's video is not part of this sale, as it is already available for a mere $5 with the special Cookie Connection members-only discount code mentioned earlier.

COLLAGE - SIX TUTORIALS SALE

Now, back to my other guidelines for preparing and submitting your entry . . .

To Enter

  • If you have any questions for Noriko as you are developing your entry, that's great! We encourage questions and learning at every step of the process. Please enter all questions in the comments area under this post, so that everyone can benefit from the Q&A. And please tag @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) so she is sure to see your question and respond in a timely way. Again, Noriko has also provided a resource list that will automatically be delivered to you once you have purchased the demo.
  • This challenge will last eight (8) weeks to allow you plenty of time to create. Please post an image of your entry to the site under the Cookie Connection Challenge clip set no later than Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 5 pm central time.
  • Because these challenges will be ongoing, we ask that you put "Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #56" in your photo caption (subtitle field) AND in a tag, so we can tell the challenges apart from month to month. Please use the title field to uniquely name your cookies as you normally would.
  • Please also assign other relevant clip sets and tags to your images, as you normally would. (Don't use just the Cookie Connection Challenge clip set and leave it at that, or your photos won't easily be found with keyword searches.)
  • You can enter more than once, but please post only one clip of each distinct entry. Multiple clips of the same entry are not allowed unless added in a comment beneath the one primary clip.

On March 30 (or thereabouts) in our weekly Saturday Spotlight, I will reveal the 10 top-trending entries (as determined automatically by our site-trending algorithms*) as well as the randomly drawn prize winners. The next challenge will be announced soon after this challenge has closed. *Note: The site algorithms use members' collective likes, comments, and reactions to each entry to determine our Spotlightees.

If you are new to Cookie Connection and need help posting your entry, please let me know and I’ll be happy to assist you. Now, go have lots of fun creating!

Ciao Manu (and Noriko)

Manuela Pezzopane, affectionately called Manu by her friends and family, is the author of the blog feature Made by Manu, where each month she shares the method behind a magical cookie of her own making. In March 2022, Manu also assumed the role of host of our rebranded and reformatted Cookie Connection Challenges: Watch-Learn-Create Series, which debuted in a virtual video format in July 2022. A fan of everything handmade, Manu professes to have tried every possible hobby. However, it wasn’t until the end of 2014, when an American friend invited her to a Christmas cookie exchange, that she first discovered decorated cookies. In 2015, after watching Julia M. Usher's videos and signing up on Cookie Connection, Manu finally attempted her own designs. Since then, cookie decorating has become Manu’s passion, and her mesmerizing video shorts have earned her a large and loyal following throughout the global cookie community. Manu harks from Rome, Italy, where she currently resides. You can email Manu at manubiscottidecorati@gmail.com, follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or explore her past challenges and large library of Made by Manu tutorials here on Cookie Connection.

Photo credit: Manuela Pezzopane

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  • Watch-Learn-Create Challenge #56 with Noriko Forster - Ruffle Borders!: Cookies and Photo by Cookie Crumbs by mintlemonade; Graphic Design by Elizabeth Cox and Julia M Usher
  • Noriko Forster's Signature Cookies: Cookies and Photos by Cookie Crumbs by mintlemonade; Collage by Manu
  • Ruffle Borders Featured in Noriko's Challenge Demo: Cookies by Cookie Crumbs by mintlemonade; Screenshot Courtesy of Manu
  • Challenge Prize Offered by Noriko: Cookies and Photo by Cookie Crumbs by mintlemonade
  • Prize #2 Offered by Julia and Past Challenge Guests: Cookies and Photos by Past Challenge Guests; Graphic Design by Elizabeth Cox and Julia M Usher
  • Past Tutorials on Sale through February 14 with Code PAST20: Cookies and Photos by Past Challenge Guests; Graphic Design by Elizabeth Cox and Julia M Usher

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Amazing video and such wonderful work ❤️. I absolutely love these border techniques and feel like I learned a lot in this hour and a half class . Thanks to Manu @Manu biscotti decorati and Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) for all the hard work in putting this video together for us!! Your English is awesome. You are not only fluent but brave to create a video that's not in your native languages. Even after living in Italy for 3 years, I would be terrified to make a video in Italian!!! 

Thank you so very much for bringing us these wonderful tutorials (online classes) Julia @Julia M. Usher and Manu @Manu biscotti decorati. I am in awe of the talent and skill presented in each Challenge video! I  hope to have the time to enter this one. Coming up with creative borders has always been a challenge for me. Wow! What a wide range of possibilities that Noriko showed us @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs). ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

Amazing video and such wonderful work ❤️. I absolutely love these border techniques and feel like I learned a lot in this hour and a half class . Thanks to Manu @Manu biscotti decorati and Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) for all the hard work in putting this video together for us!! Your English is awesome. You are not only fluent but brave to create a video that's not in your native languages. Even after living in Italy for 3 years, I would be terrified to make a video in Italian!!!

Thank you so very much for bringing us these wonderful tutorials (online classes) Julia @Julia M. Usher and Manu @Manu biscotti decorati. I am in awe of the talent and skill presented in each Challenge video! I  hope to have the time to enter this one. Coming up with creative borders has always been a challenge for me. Wow! What a wide range of possibilities that Noriko showed us @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs). ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

Thank you so much dear Carol! This has been so encouraging and only pushes me further to dive into the video. I’m 500 miles away from home right now, visiting my  beloved grandkids, but this will be amongst my top priorities when I get back. Can’t wait, but in the meantime, will continue squeezing and kissing my little ones♥️♥️

Amazing video and such wonderful work ❤️. I absolutely love these border techniques and feel like I learned a lot in this hour and a half class . Thanks to Manu @Manu biscotti decorati and Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) for all the hard work in putting this video together for us!! Your English is awesome. You are not only fluent but brave to create a video that's not in your native languages. Even after living in Italy for 3 years, I would be terrified to make a video in Italian!!!

Thank you so very much for bringing us these wonderful tutorials (online classes) Julia @Julia M. Usher and Manu @Manu biscotti decorati. I am in awe of the talent and skill presented in each Challenge video! I  hope to have the time to enter this one. Coming up with creative borders has always been a challenge for me. Wow! What a wide range of possibilities that Noriko showed us @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs). ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

Thanks for sharing your feedback, Carol. I've watched every minute of every video and know exactly how priceless they are. But being so invested in each one, I imagine my opinion might be considered a bit biased. It's very reassuring to hear others suggest it's not!

Thank you so much dear Carol! This has been so encouraging and only pushes me further to dive into the video. I’m 500 miles away from home right now, visiting my  beloved grandkids, but this will be amongst my top priorities when I get back. Can’t wait, but in the meantime, will continue squeezing and kissing my little ones♥️♥️

Oh my dear Heather @Heather Bruce Sosa . How absolutely wonderful to be with your precious grandkids!!! Not much better, is there??! Hug and squeeze those little ones as much as you can ❤️.

You absolutely love this tutorial!!!! It's wonderfully informative and so well done (as they all are). Borders have been such a challenge to me and Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) shows some gorgeous alternatives that I've not even imagined. She's amazingly talented!!!

Sending many, many hugs your way my sweet friend. Travel safely home ❤️❤️❤️

Thanks for sharing your feedback, Carol. I've watched every minute of every video and know exactly how priceless they are. But being so invested in each one, I imagine my opinion might be considered a bit biased. It's very reassuring to hear others suggest it's not!

I, too, have watched each and every video in full!! More than just once that's for sure . And these classes (as they really are classes) are fabulous. At $5, it's unbelievable education! Thank you. I truly hope time will allow me to participate! I've been fully booked since October (not a bad problem to have but I really have to rethink my pricing this year).

Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) is such a gifted artist! Her colors have always blown me away!!! Perhaps there may be an opportunity to delve into effective color combinations, color theory for cookie decorating, or something along those lines? I don't know if anyone else might be interested in this subject but I would love it, Julia @Julia M. Usher. Thank you once again for all you do. Love CC and wish I could be here more!!!  ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

I, too, have watched each and every video in full!! More than just once that's for sure . And these classes (as they really are classes) are fabulous. At $5, it's unbelievable education! Thank you. I truly hope time will allow me to participate! I've been fully booked since October (not a bad problem to have but I really have to rethink my pricing this year).

Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) is such a gifted artist! Her colors have always blown me away!!! Perhaps there may be an opportunity to delve into effective color combinations, color theory for cookie decorating, or something along those lines? I don't know if anyone else might be interested in this subject but I would love it, Julia @Julia M. Usher. Thank you once again for all you do. Love CC and wish I could be here more!!!  ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

I really like this idea for a future challenge; I will tag @Manu biscotti decorati so she can start thinking about this possibility!

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Thank you so much, Noriko!!!  I am so happy to have watched this! I am already thinking up ideas for this challenge!  I would like to purchase your book if you could let me know how to do that, I would appreciate it! Thank you again!

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I’m awe! Noriko’s art is stunning. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, I just can’t wait to get started on this challenge. ♥️

Thank you! I hope you enjoy the challenge💓

Amazing video and such wonderful work ❤️. I absolutely love these border techniques and feel like I learned a lot in this hour and a half class . Thanks to Manu @Manu biscotti decorati and Noriko @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs) for all the hard work in putting this video together for us!! Your English is awesome. You are not only fluent but brave to create a video that's not in your native languages. Even after living in Italy for 3 years, I would be terrified to make a video in Italian!!!

Thank you so very much for bringing us these wonderful tutorials (online classes) Julia @Julia M. Usher and Manu @Manu biscotti decorati. I am in awe of the talent and skill presented in each Challenge video! I  hope to have the time to enter this one. Coming up with creative borders has always been a challenge for me. Wow! What a wide range of possibilities that Noriko showed us @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs). ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

Thank you Carol for the kind words!💛

What absolutely stunning cookies and very approachable techniques.  I learned so much watching your tutorial and will definitely be giving them a try.  You make it all look so easy. Thank you so very much for putting this together and sharing your talents with all of us.  We are all in awe!

What absolutely stunning cookies and very approachable techniques.  I learned so much watching your tutorial and will definitely be giving them a try.  You make it all look so easy. Thank you so very much for putting this together and sharing your talents with all of us.  We are all in awe!

I am so glad you enjoyed the tutorial! I found it to be a gem myself!

What absolutely stunning cookies and very approachable techniques.  I learned so much watching your tutorial and will definitely be giving them a try.  You make it all look so easy. Thank you so very much for putting this together and sharing your talents with all of us.  We are all in awe!

Thank you for watching the video!💛

I am impressed with Noriko's work @mintlemonade (cookie crumbs), it is beautiful, detailed, neat, clean, the colors are unique and the combination in the color palette is harmonious, the video of about an hour and a half went by quickly, I didn't feel the time. thank you Noriko for your art. I have many ideas for this challenge. thanks Manu and Julia. @Manu biscotti decorati @juliaMusher

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