Sugar and spice, and all that's nice, that's what little girls are made of
I'm sheepish to admit, but I get way too pysched about baking for little girls - you can't exactly festoon a locomotive or football field shaped confection with sugarpaste roses or tint it pink. What a treat, then, it was when some of my favourite people in the world celebrated the birthdays of their little princesses the week just past, relishing the excuse to indulge in fashioning flora and fauna figurines in an ultra-girly pastel palette for topping the fondant fancies. As is evident, I have a weakness (and a huge one at that) for the very twee and over-the-top.
More cake-shaped cookie favours below. For anybody who loves decorating cakes, these decorated cookies are instant gratification - all the pleasure of dreaming up new ideas and rendering a design in royal icing work, but condensed into a tiny four-by-three space and sans the long waiting times, sometimes weeks, it can take to finish a tiered cake. Faced with a blank cookie canvas, however, I sometimes draw a blank - I find it helps tremendously to sketch my ideas out on paper first before actually wielding the piping bag, especially when creating collections unified by a theme.