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Ruffle Cakes are totally the trend right now, and the best part about them is that they are REALLY easy and fast. Even a begining cake decorator can do a ruffle cake.

The supplies you will need are:

*A cake baked cooled and iced in a crumb coat (dirty iced) on a cake board
*A piping bag with a tip 104
*Medium consistency icing in a color of your choice

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Position your tip 104 with the wider side of the tip touching the cake (the numbers 104 should be facing out). Squeeze your bag while moving it back and forth and move up slowly as you go. Continue around the whole cake. Do your best to keep your ruffles the same size and keep your lines straight, this way it will finish up cleanly.
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For the top, start on the outer rim. Position your tip so the wider side is touching the cake and the thin side it lying off to the side at a 45 degree angle. Squeeze your bag and wiggle your tip back and forth so the icing fans out a bit. Continue the motion as you fill in the top of the cake. That is it! Super fun and super fast! 
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These are SOOOOO good! A couple of years ago my sister asked me if I could come up with a lavender cookie for her birthday. Ever since then she requests these cookies for her birthday. In the past I have made them with a strawberry cream cheese icing, which is really good too. This year I couldn't find any good strawberries (I think everyone used them up at Valentine's Day) so I decided to try a blueberry cream cheese and it was just as tasty. 

Using fresh ingredients is key to getting the best taste. I used to work at a place that has fresh bulk spices and that is where I buy my lavender flowers. I usually stock up when I go back to Colorado to visit, but they will ship product. Here is a link to their lavender flowers, the smallest amount will do because it doesn't take much. I also use fresh fruit in my cream cheese icing, it adds a true flavor and the best taste.

Here is the recipe: 

Lavender Sugar Cookies

1 c. butter, room temp
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 T. lavender flowers

Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and extracts and beat until creamed together. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, soda, and lavender flowers, add to butter mixture. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight or until firm (about 3 hours). Roll out dough on floured surface and cut with cookie cutters. Bake 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Icing

1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
Dash of salt
8 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. fresh blueberries or strawberries

Cream together cream cheese, butter, and shortening. Add in vanilla and salt and cream some more. Toss in the whole blueberries and let them mixer crush them up, if you do strawberries cut them up first. Mix in powdered sugar to desired consistency.

As you can see, I like to make a sandwich cookie with these. Simply pipe some icing on the bottom of one cookie and place another one on top. You can't help but feel sophisticated when eating these cookies :) They would be great if you are hosting a luncheon or afternoon tea. So, enjoy and let me know what you think.
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Tomorrow are my kids Valentine's Day Parties, and of course I am in charge of the cookie decorating. I usually get put in charge of anything that involves frosting :) Anyway, I am kinda a germ freak and I hate it when there is a tub of frosting and a bowl of candy that ALL the kids use for decorating their cookies. So, I like to make individual decorating kits for each kid. I use the small disposable dip cups, you can get them at Sam's Club and Costco. Put enough frosting in the cup to ice 1 cookie. I put a small sample spoon to spread the frosting, you could do a plastic knife if you can't find the spoons. Pick a pre-packed candy of your choice, I chose Skittles for this one; put them all in a sandwich bag and close with a twist tie or a cute ribbon. The kids LOVE having their own "decorating kit" and it cuts down on them sharing germs, or someone using up all the good candy before everyone has a turn. It also makes for a quick clean up. So, next time you are in charge of cookie or cupcake decorating at your child's holiday party at school, try putting one of these together; you will be the cool parent :)
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