I play around with fondant and gum paste whenever possible. Which believe me isn't often enough. So when my nephew's 30th birthday came up I figured I would use this celebration, make it special in my way and give him something he and his 70 guests can enjoy as well. The weather was promising to stay sultry and and we needed to travel two states over (probably in traffic). So with all this in mind I knew buttercream and cake were out! Why not cookies? I knew his favorite is chocolate chip. So how do I make this special...hmmm.
I thought I'd pick up a party bucket and fill it with cookies; that would be a variety of chocolate chip cookies. This meant: mint chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, toffee chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, milk chocolate chocolate chip, butterscotch & chocolate chip, and chocolate chocolate chip (phew). I filled the bucket with over 200 of these little darlings. Then to top the bucket and give me a good strong base I made a 14" diameter giant chocolate chip cookie. Then, here comes my favorite part........ I made a "30" out of rice krispie treats, covered it in fondant in the "steam punk" style.The reason I chose Steam Punk style due to its use of wood and metal. My nephew is a carpenter by trade so to me it was a good match.
Unfotunately I did not get the opportunity to take a picture of the assembled project. Hope you like it as much as he did!
Yeah, I was born to bake! I'm happiest when I can try out something new and different. I love to see that devilish smile on someone's face at dessert time. It all started when I was tall enough to reach the counter and has not stopped yet. I am always looking for something involved, and more complex. I completed the amateur pastry program at the French Culinary Institute to round out my self taught skills, increase my knowledge and give me more confidence. I look forward to more classes and that next challenge.