So I opened my Etsy shop right before Thanksgiving and two days ago I got my first order. I was so excited...and then everything that could go wrong did. For some unknown reason, my cookies spread when they usually don't. (even chilled) Then I had overflow and shaky hand syndrome. To top all that off I ended up with craters in my eyes. Oh yeah, can't forget the color bleed that has never happened to me before!
Needless to say, I have to start all over. Thankfully I gave myself enough time for mistakes but I'm discouraged. Especially with the beading cratering. I just can't get the right consistency for the icing apparently. I even tested it on a "practice" cookie before placing them on my finished cookie. There weren't any craters so I proceeded. Surprise! lol
I'm hoping that I can just pop them off once they dry and try again but I fear the same thing will happen again. Can anyone give me an actual count on the icing consistency I should be shooting for?
How do you guys deal with cookie orders that go wrong? I love designing cookies and seeing them come to life, but I didn't realize how much pressure I would feel to make something perfect for a customer. What level of mistakes is acceptable to the customer? Do they even notice the things that go wrong the way we would?