Unfortunately, I didn't have a whale-shaped cookie cutter, and the only one that I could find online that was the shape I wanted would have cost $12.95 plus shipping. That's way too much for me to spend on one cookie cutter! There were a few that looked less like cartoon whales and more like humpback whales, which wouldn't have made sense for a 1st birthday party. I would have bought the expensive one, as a last resort, but I had to try to be resourceful first.
It can be really fun to try combining a few shapes cut from other cookie cutters to get the shape you need! It's a helpful technique that I am somewhat familiar with, having made cats and dogs by adding different shaped ears to a circle, and Minnie Mouse's signature ears and bow using smaller circles and the points of a star. So I looked in my collection of cutters to see how I could make the cute cartoonish whale that I wanted. Miraculously it didn't take too long to find what I needed...a small airplane, and an extra large bunny head.
Here's how to do it...
|Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick. |
Cut out bunny head and airplane.
|Remove excess dough from work area.|
|Using a flat knife or icing spreader, cut away the |
left wing of the plane and half of the right wing.
Cut away both bunny ears on a diagonal.
|Remove the excess wings and ears. Place the |
airplane on the newly formed point, so that
the front of the plane and the remaining
half of the wing overlaps the point.
|Use a small icing spreader to attach the pieces |
by pressing them together until flat.
|And now you have a whale! |
Use a large flat spatula to carefully place onto the
cookie sheet. At this point the whale is still fragile.
However, once it is baked it will stay together.
Even though I broke these steps down into quite a lot of pictures for illustration, the above process really only takes a few extra seconds per cookie. Once you have a plan for what pieces to cut off each shape, and how to line up the shapes to press them together, you can cut a bunch of airplanes and a bunch of bunnies, and whip through the above steps for many cookies in a row rather quickly.
Once they are baked and cooled it's time to decorate with royal icing! First the outline...
|Using a size 3 tip, I piped an outline of the whale. |
For these, I went all along the edge, except for
the top of the hump, where I piped the curve about
1/2" from the edge. Now there's room for a water spout!
Then fill in with a slightly thinner consistency of icing...
Once the base layer of icing dries completely, it's time to give these little guys some character!
|The darker blue outline gives the tail a more defined |
shape. I also piped a small fin in the same color.
Then I used white icing to add a little smile, an eye,
and, of course, the water spout...my favorite part!