Top 5 Must-Have Tools for Sugar Cookie Making

Ever been curious to know what I use to create my fun sugar cookies that you see in featured posts and Instagram? I’ve learned a lot throughout the years and figured out which items are worth keeping in your tool box and what ones just aren’t worth the investment.

You might call me an old school cookie gal, as I keep things pretty simple around here. I free hand all of my work and have (so far) skipped on the airbrush kits and image projectors. Not to say that I don’t absolutely PRAISE the cookiers that do use these techniques; I’m just a busy gal with projects that don’t necessarily call for these tools. I like to refer those specialized projects to the pros!

Anyway, I thought I’d share with you my top 5 must-have tools for cookie making here. These are the items that I cannot live without and is the reason why I can create the kind of cookies I do!

Here we go!

1. Tipless Piping Bags.

These babies are a game changer for me! Tipless piping bags allow me to use different consistences of royal icing without the need of a piping tip & coupler. Simply snip the tip the desired size and pipe away! Icing squeezes out in a nice circular fashion and best of all, no cleaning of any tips! If you do need to use a tip for more detailed work, you can still use these bags and plop one right in.

2. Scribing Tool.


The scribing tool is perfect for pushing around those little gaps of icing when you flood your cookie. It’s also great for popping any air bubbles and cleaning out any dried up piping tips LOL! You can always use a toothpick, but I do find after a while that you need to continuously replace it because it can get gummed up with icing. You can also use it to achieve some wet on wet icing techniques like roses, hearts, leaves and swirls!

3. Edible Markers.

Edible markers are a great way to add those little finishing touches to a cookie. Whiskers, eyelashes and wording are just some of the ways you can use them! I also like to outline designs onto a cookie with the yellow marker. It’s noticeable enough for you to trace along with icing yet discreet so it doesn’t bleed through your icing.

4. Basic Cookie Cutters.

You can never go wrong with a set of circle, square and heart shaped cookie cutters. I don’t know how many times I’ve transformed a custom or themed cookie design into one that can be created with a circle, square or heart. There’s something to be said for thinking outside the box sometimes! (Have you seen the heart shaped ninja turtle cookies I recreated? So fun!)

5. Brush Set.

A multi-sized brush set is great for painting on watercolour style images onto royal icing, dusting some edible shimmer dust or painting on gold details. Channel your inner Bob Ross like I did here, and paint some happy trees!

Well there you have it! I hope I’ve inspired you to up your cookie decorating game!

If you are interested in learning more, there are only TWO spaces left for my cookie decorating class next month! Click here to snap them up!

‘Til next time!

Xo, Izabela



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Pretty Kitty Party

Last week I had the pleasure of creating a lovely kitty cake and matching cookies for a “purr-fect” birthday party celebrating a sweet little girl.


The ever-popular and sassy closed-eye kitty cat took the main stage for the look of the desserts and I was super excited to hop on board with it! I mean who doesn’t love some pretty lashes, right?!

The cake I created was inspired by local fellow baker Lindsay of @cococakeland from Vancouver, BC. Her fuzzy piped animal cakes are totally adorable and I was pleased how mine turned out!


Using Wilton tip #233, I started piping the “fur” of the cat one vertical row at a time, starting from the bottom and working my way to the top. Practicing on a scrap piece of wax paper is helpful to determine the right amount of pressure needed to achieve the short “hairs”.

(photo cred: What Dreams May Become)

One thing I realized almost immediately is that you need to work very quickly with the icing in the piping bag because once your buttercream becomes too soft, you don’t achieve those defined hairs -they end up smooshing together. To prevent the melting, I placed my bowl of buttercream in the fridge (only while I was piping) so that it would only warm up to room temperature while in the piping bag. Success!


(photo credit: What Dreams May Become)

The sugar cookies were just too cute I almost couldn’t handle them. Pretty kitties with floral crowns?! Come on!! After outlining and flooding the kitty and heart shaped cookies with white royal icing, I used my favorite baby star tip (Wilton #16) to create the rosettes in dusty rose (also my fave color!). I left some spaces between the rosettes so that I could add in the green leaves (Wilton #352). My favorite color to use for green as of late is avocado as I think you can achieve a really nice light mossy/sage-y green if you add just the right amount.


In order to draw on the face of the kitty onto the cookies, the royal icing had to be dried for several hours. I used a black fine tipped edible marker to draw on the lashes, whiskers and mouth. They’re not pictured, but the heart shaped cookies had the birthday girls’ name written on it in the same edible marker. Such a lovely way to make a cookie personal!


Michele of What Dreams May Become sure knows how to throw a lovely party and she’s blogged all about it here! Check out the dreamy photos of the party along with the fun DIY projects she incorporated to make this birthday extra special!



Swan Lake

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of collaborating with Carmen from Little and Lively for her sweet daughter’s birthday.

Carmen came to me with a lovely vision: a Swan Lake ballerina party! The soft color palette she chose and the inspiration she shared couldn’t have been more perfect.

So off I went to design some soft pink meringues, swan shaped sugar cookies, a darling doll cake with a frilly white dress and cupcakes.

For the mini cupcakes, I used a 1M tip. Some may think it’s too big for such a small cupcake but I love the big swirl it gives! I finished them off with gold sanding crystals for that touch of sparkle.

I used a heart shaped cookie cutter for the swans and then used edible marker to draw the swan onto the cookie before I began piping. I also used the brush embroidery technique to get a feathered look on the wings. Don’t they look adorable!

For the meringues I used my trusty 1E star piping tip to achieve those whimsical puffs of deliciousness!

Finally, to decorate the doll cake, I used Wilton’s 104 petal tip to create the ruffles in buttercream. 

The birthday girl looked like she had a wonderful time and I hope the guests enjoyed the treats!

Special thanks to Jayme Anne Photography for the darling photos! 



The Cake Mama

Ps. To read about the details of the party itself, pop over here!