This is MARSHMALLOW.
Peekaboo! Can you see him in the background?
I was doing some thinking while commuting to the gym from work: why don’t I mash up my love for drawing with my passion for baking, and turn my drawings into an edible form of art! Brilliant right? That’s what I thought, until I realized cookie decorating is serious business, as you will soon see later in this post.
But please meet Marshmallow, my newest character to join Karen’s family of wacky cartoon characters. Because he is so new, all I have are these rough sketches, my apologies!
Personality wise, Marshmallow is a sweet, naive and innocent fellow, whose sole ambition in life is to give as many hugs, and to cuddle with as many people as possible. He is often seen wandering around, reminding those around him of their impending bedtime, so he can put himself to good use. As seen in the picture above, he likes to peek out shyly from behind doors to see if anyone could use a hug.
Although seemingly happy and care-free, Marshmallow has the tendency to become extremely anxious and worried if he doesn’t feel like he is being put to good use. He will hug his blanket, and pout until someone will come along to swoop him up for a big hug.
Apologies for the poor photo quality!
Did I mention that Marshmallow is not really a piece of candy? He is actually a fluffy king sized pillow!
The character and name, was actually thought of by the boyfriend, who said the pillows at our Seattle hotel resembled marshmallows: big, white and fluffy. Cute eh?
Now, onto the fun stuff:
If you are serious about learning how to bake/decorate sugar cookies, I highly recommend the blog “The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle“. Her blog is filled with useful tips and tricks, and her posts are informative without being too hard to understand. Even a cookie noob like me was able to follow it!
To get started, I had to read through a few of her posts to refresh my memory, because it has been too long since I baked or decorated sugar cookies. For this particular batch, I followed Sugarbelle’s basic cookie recipe which can be found here.
To recreate Marshmallow’s body, I did a quick sketch of him on paper, to use as a guide when I cut the dough into the shape of his body.
Unbaked Marshmallow and his dinosaur friend
Baked the cookies for 7 minutes.
Freshly baked Marshmallow! Doesn’t he look kind of like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit?
Using the royal icing recipe from The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle, I filled two bags with black and white icing. I didn’t keep track of how many squirts of black soft gel paste I used, but I played around with the icing until I felt it was dark enough. I am a beginner when it comes to cookie decorating so I don’t have very many icing tips on hand, but I used #3 for the outline and #5 for the body.
I didn’t realize how difficult it was to outline with icing! My hands kept shaking from nervousness, so I tried to hold my breath, hoping that would control the shakiness but it made it worse. I wish there was some kind of baking eraser to erase all of your cookie decorating mistakes. On the bright side, the flooding icing consistency turned out better than I expected. The body, as you can see, is relatively smooth which gives me a sense of relief, because this is only my third time using royal icing and my previous experiences have been extremely messy.
My original plan was to use icing for the eyes and mouth, but I decided to save my icing and coloring gels for future experiments so I cheated a little. If you guys have a pack of edible food markers handy, now is the time to whip them out!
Marshmallow! Anybody want a hug? 🙂
And cookie Marshmallow is complete! I wanted to add some blushing cheeks to him, but I didn’t have any lustre dust on hand.
Hope you guys enjoyed this one! If you have any tips or tricks on decorating cookies feel free to comment below, or shoot me an email!