Compost for Brooklyn's Block Party. I donated packs of decorated gluten free sugar cookie butterflies with gluten free chocolate chip cookies for their bake sale. I also helped out at the booth then lead a decorating demo for the kids at the block party and let them have their go at decorating! Afterwards I came home and made video tutorials for decorating butterflies.
Decorating using "pulling" is such a fun way to decorate. I think every butterfly I made was different. It's such a great way to experiment with what you can do with royal icing! It's a process that requires speed though, so I couldn't really do photo tutorials so I tried my go at videos! Unfortunately I didn't put my camera quality on high, so the video isn't HD (by any means) but I think you can still see everything fine and hopefully I explain it well too. So the first video is the butterflies above, and also these "monarch" style butterflies:
Jesicakes Decorating Tutorial: Butterflies from Jesika Feldman on Vimeo.
*Note: at 9:35 I make a mistake. I should've said "You can outline with the thick and flood with the loose."
Borders and Circles from Jesika Feldman on Vimeo.
I had such a great time doing the demo. Justin took lots of photos of me teaching all the kids to decorate and of them decorating. Since I don't want to post any photos of anyone (especially kids) without permission, here's two of me doing the demo:
These are the packs that I sold at the bake sale. I think they looked really cute I was so happy with them. Plus as always I'm happy to offer a gluten free option! In case you missed it, my Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie post is here:
And just in case you want reference photos (or just to look at some pretty photos), here are all the butterflies I sold. If you want to know how to do a specific one let me know and I can try explaining it in a comment!
And for good measure, because I was making about 3 doz butterflies...I made Justin some penguins (no pictures) and some manatees for my grandma...because I have a manatee cutter so why not!?
Have fun decorating!! And if you have any questions feel free to comment!