I cannot believe I’ve been postponing to share our daughter’s birthday party for over six months! Last year Elizabeth turned eight and Anastasia five. Both of our little ones are heavily into Alice In Wonderland, so the theme was a total no-brainer! We had decided on one joint birthday party for both of them, because as military families move around every two to three years, we wanted both girls to be able to celebrate with their respective friends before they said their friends moved away. Sadly, there were a few friends that had to leave before the celebration, but the girls made them a beautiful keepsake – porcelain plates, hand decorated.
The party was a blast to plan! From a giant chess set outdoors, to Tweedledum and Tweedledee photo fun, to face painting, everything was Alice themed! Every wall in the room was adorned with posters from Alice In Wonderland. The backdrop for this party was probably the largest one I’ve worked with so far! I think that the hardest part about putting everything together were the giant cutouts! I sent them out to a professional printer, and then cut them out and glued them to cardboard sheets! For the Tweedledum and Tweedledee posters, I had the faces cut out, so the children could stick their faces in them for a fun photo opportunity!
Even the treats were Alice themed! I created Alice themed cookies and cake pops, and of course, the cake! On the dessert table, we also had marshmallows and chocolate covered raisins. The main table was covered with a white table cloth, and matching white chair covers.
We had mini croissants, quiche, and Pavlova, which is a dessert made with crisp white meringue layers filled with fresh fruit and whipped cream, it is named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. A separate table held held light snacks such as tea sandwiches, fruit, and vegetables for our guests.
Elizabeth had received a children’s camera for her birthday, so she enjoyed being a miniature photographer, snapping pictures of the party and her friends! There was a big playground outside the venue, so our party guests could play and enjoy themselves on that, before relaxing to a game of giant chess! And of course, I have to give credit to our wonderful photographer, Saori Wilson, who captured the magic and joy of the girl’s special day in a beautiful way. It was certainly a whimsically wonderful day for both of our girls and their guests, and will definitely be a birthday party that they remember for years to come.
Hello, everyone! I know it’s been a long time, but I am very excited to start teaching again! I have some wonderful news – starting in October, I will be offering up not only one, but four different types of classes for you to enjoy! Check them out and join one!
The Art Of Cookie Decorating - $45 – 3 – 3.5 hours.
(Yokosuka - October 14th & 16th & Tokyo - October 27th)
This is your basic cookie decorating class. Here is where you will learn how to bake magnificent sugar cookies, create the right consistency of icing, how to outline and flood a cookie, and of course how to create incredible detailed designs! With you, I share my fail-proof recipes for both chocolate and vanilla sugar cookies, alongside tricks and tips that I have learned over the past six years. By the time you are finished with my class, you will have all the tools and knowledge to create stunning cookie designs for any and all occasions! No baking or decorating experience is necessary to join! You will learn all you need to know in this class!
Decorating Basics and Techniques - $35 – 2 Hours
(recommended for team building and company events)
This is a decorating only class. Icing and cookies and pre-colored icing will be provided to you. During class, I will cover all the basics of cookie decorating techniques – flooding, outlining, wet-on-wet designs and layering, even as well as a few advanced techniques such as stenciling, royal icing transfers and more! Samples will be available that will match the class theme. You may follow the samples or relax and let your imagination take you away and create your own artistic masterpiece! This class is recommended for experienced bakers or for participants who are looking for more fun, rather than a learning experience. This is the perfect team building exercise, especially for company events!
Cookie Decorating Parties - $25
(Yokosuka - October 29th)
This class is only open to participants who have taken my basic The Art of Cookie Decorating Class. Cookie decorating classes are usually held within a week before Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. Once you have taken the basic class, you are able to attend an unlimited number of Cookie Decorating Parties.
Kids Cookie Decorating Class - $15 per Child
(Yokosuka - October 25th)
This class is recommended for children five years and older. You could either stay with your children or drop them off for a grand old time of fun and cookie decorating! This is an educating and stimulating experience, as well as a ton of fun for them! We won’t be covering baking, but your littles will learn all of the basic decorating techniques!
As always, please send me a note if you have any questions or if you are interested in hosting a private party. I do have different packages for events and classes outside Yokosuka, Japan.
My name is Silviya Schimenti, and I am a proud born and raised Bulgarian, which is where Kurabiiki gets it's name from, as it means “cookie” in Bulgarian. After spending over ten years within the geospatial industry, I gave up my career in 2010 to become a stay at home mom. While the transition certainly wasn't an easy one, however, it helped me to explore other avenues, opening up doors to opportunities that I had never had the option of exploring before then.
I started decorating cookies in 2010 and became obsessed with it. It was my way to relax, unwind and recharge. A few months later, I turned this newfound hobby into a business. After offering custom cookies for approximately four years, I started teaching The Art Of Cookie Decorating in the beginning of 2014.
I do truly believe that there is an artist deep down in every one of us, we’ve just yet to discover it! That’s where Kurabiiki comes in, to give you the platform to explore your own talents and create masterpieces!
My goal is to help women forget their busy life and to enjoy and explore the world of art. I strive to make my classes unique and special. I have different themes every month/season and I try to create beautiful and relaxing atmospheres for everyone to enjoy.
My style and work is influenced by my worldwide travels. I’ve lived and worked across three different continents, Europe, North America, and Asia. Inside one of my classes you will find fun and all of my knowledge that I have found around the world and simplified it, bringing it to you, so you can create incredibly beautiful edible art. At the end of my three hour class, without any experience, you too can create amazing cookie creations! See the photos section for some of the amazing cookie art my students have created!
I love teaching, not only because I enjoy meeting new people, but because I love empowering women and moms, and helping them to believe in themselves! I also enjoy styling and organizing special events, and my work has been featured in publications such as Hostess With The Mostess, Pizzaree, Style Me Pretty, and more.
Typically, I teach classes and private parties in Yokosuka and Tokyo, Japan, however, in early 2017, I began to teach at the Tokyo American Club in Tokyo, Japan. The latest schedule of my Yokosuka classes can found on Kurabiiki’s Facebook page. If you are member of Tokyo-American Club, please check their website for the Fall term classes. If you would like to learn more about a cookie decorating class, plan a party of your own or have a general inquiry, please use the ‘Contact Me’ link to get in touch!
When it comes to my little one, jewelry is always a win so when she wanted to have a “sparkly jewelry party” for her 6th, I convinced her that we could put a whole new twist on that idea with a daisy party instead, using Daisy Cookie Rings as edible jewelry! They were such a hit with the kids and the adults that I just had to share this fantastic dessert idea with you all! It is one that can easily be used for birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, favors and more.
First the Cookie Dough
To start your adventure in cookie ring making, you need cookie dough of course! This recipe is inspired by the LilaLoa's recipe and its a delicious starting point that is simple to create.
1 cup salted butter ( you can use unsalted as well, just add a pinch of salt)
1 cup white sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
2 large sized eggs (17mm)
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dark cocoa powder
3 to 4 cups all purpose flour
How to Make Your Flower Cookie Rings
After you have gotten your dough nice and chilled it is time to make your rings. For this part you will need your dough of course as well as a cooling rack and parchment paper (or a sil pad).
Making Cookie Rings
Chocolate cookie dough
Parchment paper or sil pad
2 circle cookie cutters - 3.5 cm and 2 cm Tip: You can use your icing tip if you have a hard time finding a small circle cutter
Piping bag, coupler and Piping tip #104 - rose tip
Preheat the oven to 375F.
5. Cut circles out with your bigger cookie cutter, leaving just a small space in between the cookies. Cut another circle inside of the big one. This makes up the “ring” part of your cookie. You will need two ring pieces and one top for each cookie. The top is the same size as the ring, just made with one cutter and no smaller hole in the center.
6. Using a small knife or a pointed spatula, remove the extra dough from around the cookies.
7. Slide the parchment paper (or sil pad) with the cookies onto the cookie sheet and bake for about 10-13 minutes. (baking time depends on the thickness of the cookies.)
Time To Make Some Icing
In order for these cookies to become beautiful and tasty daisies, they will need some icing. In my royal icing recipe it turns out white, which is a typical daisy color of course. You can always add some food coloring to create your own flowers for your special occasion. In order to assemble the rings you will definitely need the icing so here is my Royal Icing Recipe!
How to Make Royal White Icing
4 large egg whites
2 pounds of powdered sugar
Let’s Assemble the Rings
Now for the fun part, putting together the delightful and edible treats for your party!
Here is a short video of how I made the cookie rings.
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I was so excited when my little one wanted to have a Daisy Birthday Party this year, it allowed me to create a gorgeous layout with natural touches and sweet colors! Using white, yellow and green, I was able to give my venue a sophisticated and fun styling that I was sure Elizabeth and her friends would love.
I used a stark white cover to set the stage for my sweets table, allowing the yellows and greens of the decorations and snacks to really pop. On this table I showcased the cake that I made. It was a chocolate cake with Italian meringue buttercream that was covered in white chocolate, white and yellow meringue, Italian macaron and as a finishing touch, lots of colorful gummy bears! The cake tray was then circled with a ring of daisies for a sweet effect. A favorite treat that I made were daisy rings that were such a hit that I created a tutorial that you can check out!
At the guest tables, I used white again as a base, to blend with the other tables perfectly. I created adorable daisy centerpieces that stood low so the guests could easily visit while enjoying the decorations. Matching tableware added color and fun to the tables. I had white chair covers for an elegant touch.
On the other side of the room, there was other snacks including fruit, vegetables, juice, a daisy shaped quiche, and of course, even daisy picks for the cheese!
For the kids, Elizabeth had a fantastic Daisy Stand set up where her pals could get daisy headbands and green bow ties as well as lace ribbon wands to allow everyone to match the theme in a creative way.
She even had her own special lemonade stand outside for all the little ones to enjoy. Other activities that they got to participate in included giant chess, croquet, ring toss and an adorable little tea party tent.
To thank the guests for coming I put together favors which had copies of “A Secret Garden” coloring books, colored pencils and a packet of daisy seeds with “Forget Me Not” printed on them.
Vendor Credits –
Planning/Design/Styling – Silviya of Kurabiiki
Photography – Rachelle of Rachele Frickey Photography
Venue – Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan
Iced or frosted sugar cookies look beautiful but they do take a lot of time to prepare. On average you would need at least 2 – 3 days in order to bake, ice and decorate them.
If you are short of time but would love to have delicious and beautiful 4th of July cookies on your table this step-by- step guide is for you.
These cookies take less than an hour to prepare and they taste heavenly!
The Best Cookie Dough Log Recipe
This is my mother-in-law’s recipe. Please use with caution. The first time I used this recipe I ate about half of the cookies BY MYSELF! If you change the design, you can make these delicious, light and airy cookies to fit any occasion. However, if you planning to frost your cookies with Royal Icing I would highly recommend that you use this recipe.
1 ½ cups sifted confectionery sugar
1 cup butter
1tsp vanilla flavoring
½ tsp almond flavoring
2 ½ cups sifted flour
1tsp cream of tartar
1tsp baking soda
I would recommend that you refrigerate the dough for about 2 to 3 hours before you start working with it.
Divide the dough into 3 parts. Use red and blue food coloring to dye the first 2 parts and leave the third one uncolored.
Start with the red ball. Roll out your dough until it’s approximately 0.15” thick. You will need to cut 1 rectangle that is 2.5” x 10” and 2 smaller one, each 1”x 10”. Roll the uncolored dough to the same thickness, but 2 rectangles 2.5” x 10” and one 1”x 10”.
Roll the blue dyed dough until it is 1” thick and cut one rectangle 1.5”x 10”
I know this probably sounds complicated, but look at the picture below. In order to make a flag you will have to stack the strips in the following order.
2.5”x10” uncolored (0.15” thick)
2.5”x10” red (0.15” thick)
2.5”x10” uncolored (0.15” thick)
1.5”x10” blue and next to the blue line up the smaller strips starting with the red one (1” thick)
Here is how your dough should look when you are finished
*tip. Rolling pin rings could help you make the layers perfectly even.
Wrap in clear plastic in put in the freezer for about 20 min.
Once it’s cooled and hard enough to cut, slice the dough to the desired thickness (if you like soft and chewy cookies, cut them a little bit thicker and for thin and crisp cookies, cut really thin) bake at 375 for approximately 7 – 8 minutes.
Here is how my cookies came out
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As many of you know, I have two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Anastasia, ages five and two, respectively. Elizabeth loves being an older sister, and loves, cares and nurtures for her little sister, trying to teach her new things. She is an elegant little girl and loves all things fashion. Anastasia is a free spirit, with her big blue eyes and her blonde wavy hair, she always wants to do things in her own special way. She is outgoing and loves to make new friends! Anastasia was the last Russian princess, and I thought it fitting to give my littlest princess a party fit for royalty.
Unfortunately, we could not give Anastasia a large birthday party on her first birthday, so we wanted to make the second one a bit more special for her. In my typical fashion, I wanted to put everything together on my own. Sometimes, I do need to work on delegating tasks to others, but I so enjoy brainstorming, designing, setting up, baking and preparing everything from scratch.
Room Set Up:
Setting up the scene were the beautiful white pearlescent balloons floating around the room. With a pink and very princess-y shabby chic set-up, white table cloths adorned with artificial rose bouquets, and chair covers with pink sheer ties. The tables were also set with special pink and gold snack boxes to ensure that our little princesses stayed energized for all the fun!
We set up one long table to seat our little guests, and also a craft table at the opposite end of the room. A princess backdrop was placed, where guests were invited to come over and take photographs after having some fun at the craft table, where traditional Russian headdresses, called kokoshnic were made!
The kokoshnic craft table was set up with tons of jewelry, beads and sparkles for the girls to decorate their crowns with! I had originally looked everywhere online for a kokoshnic template, but could not find one, as hard as I tried, so I created one myself, instead. You can download the template here!
The dessert table was filled with all sorts of goodies! The centerpiece was a vanilla cake with fluffy Italian meringue filling, all covered with delectable fondant, embellished with a princess silhouette in the middle, all adorned with gold filigree elements along the side of the cake, and a golden 2 topping off the cake.
Chocolate cake pops were also being offered, covered with white marshmallow chocolate and sprinkled with gold dust, all swirled to perfection. There were of course, sugar cookies, in the shapes of princess jewelry, cakes and fans! The vanilla mousse was also a big hit, served in an ice cream cone with a small spoon, for an elegant treat. Pink petit fours adorned with a white and gold crown “seal,” were also served for the little royalty.
We also had an extra table with sweet and savory snacks for our princesses to munch on, with everything from popcorn in shabby-chic printed parchment paper, to yummy vegetables, a variety of cheeses, and of course, pink lemonade to match the party theme! Labels for everything were written in both Russian and English to add a bit of flourish to our tables.
Favors were packed in beautifully elegant pink and white lace bags.
Anastasia was rather quite interested in eating her pizza and trying not to be photographed, no matter how much a tried. She even made sure to hide and run away anytime I would pick up the camera! Elizabeth enjoyed her little sisters party and looks forward to the next one!
And the winners are ( drum roll please...) :
Dewinda Asri Agnita
Melissa Landes Franklin
Cheryl Nodhturft Mori
Dessert Table Backdrop:
If your name is listed above, please contact me within 48 hours with your e-mail address, so I can send you your gift certificate. Congratulations the winners and thank you to everyone who entered!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!
Please note: The winners were chosen using random number generator ( www.random.org)
Im overwhelmed by the amount of response and orders I have received for the last few weeks. I cannot believe its been only 6 weeks since I opened here in Yokosuka! You have filled me with love, and support and I 'd like to return the favor!
Here is a list of the goodies
How to enter:
Just comment and tag a friend under our FB post HERE. Please do not comment under shared post on other pages or groups – only under our original post on Kurabiiki’s FB page. (Its easier to keep track if everybody comments under the same post) Both you AND your friend will be automatically entered in the giveaway. So, go ahead, spread the love!
Please note, this giveaway is open to Yokosuka, Yokahama and Tokyo residents only ( temporary or permanent) I would not ship cookies to USA or any other part of the world, so if you are not currently located in Yokosuka, Yokahama or Tokyo, please do not enter the giveaway.
The lucky winner will be announced on 14th of February at noon
Enjoy the rest of the month and don’t forget to check back with us next week and find out how to make these adorable penguin cookies. Step by step directions and links to all materials you need will be provided. You will be surprised how easy it is.
Interested in cookie decorating ?
Take your cookie decorating skills to the next level with one of our classes.
Stay tuned - our Valentine's Day specials are coming by the end of this week!
I would also like to mention that I will be taking very limited number of custom orders during March and April, so please place your orders in advance!
You may have noticed that things have been a little quiet lately. It's been a wild ride, and has been a while since I took my last order in Hawaii. However, moving to Japan and settling in took a little bit longer than we had anticipated. But our family has been having so much fun exploring this gorgeous country, with all of it's amazing sights and sounds!
But to me, Christmas just wouldn't be the same without the delicious smell of gingerbread and sugar cookies permeating the house, and of course the mess from decorating them! That's why I am so excited to let everyone know that we are officially open for business again! While I won't be taking any custom orders until January, we do have some amazing December specials going on!
Personalized Mitten Sugar Cookie
These cookies make the perfect treat for stockings or tablescapes, or even adding a personalized touch to your Christmas gifts. We have five designs available, along with three flavors. Personalization is available at no extra cost to you (up to 7 characters.)
Our Christmas mini cookies are freshly baked with all natural ingredients and made with love. Choose from three flavors, chocolate, vanilla, or lemon, or a mix of all three! They make a great Christmas day treat for all of your guests to munch on while dinner is cooking! All cookies are iced and wrapped individually. An order of 30 comes with a free cookie jar.
Christmas PYC ( Paint Your Cookie)
Start off a new tradition with your children this year with our Color Your Cookies! ( Christmas Designs are coming soon) They are a great way to enjoy cookies, without the mess of baking them! Entertain your little ones, who will adore painting their very own cookie treat, and then of course, the best part, getting to eat them!
DIY Sugar Cookie Kit
There is nothing like sugar cookies during the holidays. With our DIY Sugar Cookie Kit, everyone can get in on the fun! Our freshly baked cookies come outlined and ready to decorate. Our DIY set comes with a set of 5 ready-to-use icing colors, along sprinkles and detailed instructions.
All Cookie orders have to be placed BEFORE December 15th. Pick up is available between December 18th and 22nd
Cookie Decorating Classes
Do you want to learn the art of cookie decorating? Awesome! Check out our cookie decorating classes. They will start on February 2nd, with 5 people per class, twice a week.
Reserve your spot today!
February 9th, 2016 9 am - 12:30pm
February 11th, 2016 9 am - 12:30pm
Why Cookie Decorating?
By learning the art of cookie decorating, you will not only be learning a new skill, but you can pass it along to your children, too! Have fun with it and create beautiful new memories with your little ones!
You can create incredibly personalized touch to your gifts and notes. They make great party treats and favors, too!
Why not start your own home business? Handmade decorated cookies can range anywhere from $2.50 to $6.00 per cookie. What a great way to make extra income, stay at home, and make your own schedule!
As you can tell, we are very excited about the holiday season here at Kurabiiki! We're glad to be back and from our family to yours, we wish you a beautiful holiday season!
With Father's Day in just a few short days, why not bake up a batch of these sweet little treats for him? These cute cookies actually take on the shape of your little one's hands, making them the perfect treat, straight from the heart for Father's Day! We are going to show you just how to make them, too! Just simply follow the step-by-step tutorial we've outlined below for you, and soon your whole family will be enjoying scrumptious cookies!
First, we will start with what you will need to create your cookie masterpiece:
Little Hands Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of unsalted butter (warmed to room temperature)
• 1 Cup of Sugar
• 1 Large Egg
• 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
• 3 Cups Flour
• ½ tbsp. Salt
• Cooling Rack
• Parchment Paper or SILP Pad
• The Outline of Your Children's Hand
• Rolling Pin
• Cookie Sheet
• Red Food Coloring (My favorite brand to use is Americolor!)
Father's Day Sugar Cookies Tutorial
1) Cream together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and salt.
2) Step-by-step instructions for making and rolling your dough can be found at this link
3) Trace your little one's hand onto a piece of paper(parchment, wax or regular paper), to create the template for your cookies!
Once you've done that, you can place the template directly onto the dough and cut around it with a sharp paring knife.
Tip: Chill your dough in the freezer for two minutes before and after you cut out the shapes. It is much easier to work with firm dough.
4) After you've cut out the shapes, remove the excess dough around the cookies using a pointed spatula or a paring knife. (chill your dough again if you have to)
5) Use the red food coloring to dye a small amount of your dough. The red dough will be used to create the little hearts in the middle of the hand.
Tip: I would suggest wearing food-safe gloves when dying your dough, to avoid staining your hands.
6) To create the heart, use a very small heart-shaped cookie cutter or a paper paper template to cut out the hearts. My daughter’s hand is very small, so I just fashioned a small heart on paper and create a template to fit the cookie size.
7) Chill the dough in the freezer for about two minutes before you remove the excess dough from around the hearts. Chill the hand-shapes for two minutes in the freezer as well.
8) Using the same template you used to create the hearts, cut out a heart shape in the middle of your dough hand shape.
9) Place the red hearts you previously cut out, into the middle of your hand cookies.
10) Chill in the freezer for another two minutes. Remove them from the freezer and slide the parchment paper (or SILP pad) with the cookies onto your cookie sheet.
11) Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes (depending on the thickness of your cookies) – or until the edges are a golden brown.
**The cookies on the picture below are packed in ours scribble design bags, but you can use just a clear cellophane bags to pack your treats. However, packing your treats in a self-adhesive lip bags will extend their shelf life with at least a week.
Please share comments and questions here or on our Facebook page! We would love to hear how your cookies turn out and see pictures!