My good friend, Mila, asked me to decorate some cookies for her daughter’s first communion last May 2014. She gave me a photo of Aitana in her first communion dress to give me a more precise picture of what the first communion cookies should look like. Having a photo of the person you want to represent makes a difference. This does not mean that the cookie will look exactly the same as the person in the picture, but it can be of great help to grasp those peculiar and unique details of the person in question. People like these kind of details because in a way, it makes them feel they are part of the cookie.
In this particular case I knew Aitana. Besides, Mila and I had discussed so much about all the First Communion preparations during our work breaks, that I already had a clear mental image of Aitana in her first communion dress.
Aitana is a very beautiful 10-year old girl with dark hair. Her lovely black eyes remind me of those exotic almond-shaped eyes typical of Asian countries. She was clear about the type of dress she wanted to wear: something special but not too excessive. So she ended up choosing a simple but elegant white dress. She also wore a thick, green waistband and a flower crown in her hair.
When I work with royal icing, I normally use two different consistencies: twenty- second icing (for decorating the cookies) and piping icing (for detail work and writing). The twenty-second consistency needs to be thin enough to flow but thick enough not to fall off the cookie. The piping icing is similar to toothpaste consistency and should come out of the bag in a smooth line without breaking.
In these first communion cookies I used twenty-second icing for the dress, the face and neck, the arms, and the hair. The dress details, the flower crown, and the waistband were made using piping icing.
To give dimension to the cookie it is important to apply the icing in different steps. It is true that it takes longer, but the result is much better. In this cookie I started with the face and neck (step 1). Once they were dried, I created the dress (step 2). Next, I did the hair, the dress details and the waistband (step 3). When the hair was dried, I added the flower crown and applied icing for the arms (step 4). Both the eyes and the mouth were painted with edible markers (step 5). If you have to decorate many cookies I would advise to you work in batches of 8-10 cookies at each time, following the above-mentioned steps.
Aitana looked gorgeous that day, and I was really pleased to decorate those cookies for her.