Minimum order is 24 cookies.
No less than 12 of a image.
These are the rules I try to stick to when I take cookie orders. Most of the time I’m pretty obedient.
But, every now and again, someone calls with a cookie project that’s so challenging that I’m glad I keep my big mouth shut before I make a fool out of myself.
This is the exact scenario when David Leite called one day in October.
“I’m throwing a dinner party to celebrate The One’s birthday and I have this idea for cookie favors that celebrate important places and moments that we’ve shared since we’ve been together.”
Deep sigh from me. ”What did you have in mind?”
“Well”, said David, “I’m thinking maybe Big Ben, because we love London, an Eiffel Tower because we love Paris, maybe a guy in a beret carrying a baguette, a cookie that looks like the chocolate tart from Gérard Mulot, but with a bite taken out of it…”
My stomach knotted up and all I could think of was what a fraud I really am. People like David come to me all the time with the expectation that I really know how to draw stuff like this on a cookie! What am I going to do??? How do I get out of this one? It’s too advanced, too much work, I can’t do this!!!!
Feeling the sweat trickle down my spine, I was frantically trying to come up with some kind of mildy plausible reason why these couldn’t be done. A kaleidoscopic picture of hundreds of used 2 oz squeeze bottles spilling out of stacks of bowls plastered with dried royal icing, raced though the front of my brain. That is, until I heard David say ‘Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain’ and ‘adirondack chair’. THE GUGGENHEIM IN BILBAO! Then I heard ‘onion domes of Moscow’ and I was a goner. Like an out of body experience, I heard the phrase ‘Yes, let’s do it’ being spoken into my phone’s mouthpiece.
So, with that, I signed on to do 15 cookies, including the aforementioned cookies that hooked me, an interstate route sign, yellow roses, a magazine’s logo, and the couples’ cats, among others.
It’s no secret that I lunge at every chance I get to make a quirky cookie. And, not because it’s easy for me. Quite the opposite, really. Oh, it’s easy to think up the ideas…it’s the execution that’s difficult for me. It’s the old metaphorical pushing-though-what scares-you-the-most that motivates me. That’s why I try so hard to convince my clients to go beyond the birthday cake cookie with ”Happy Birthday Joe” written on it, when something with just a little more thought can take the cookie from ‘that’s nice’ to ‘it’s too pretty to eat.’
Adirondack chair: check
Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao: check. Onion domes: double check
Thanks to this game-changer of a post from Callye, I was able to do justice to this pretty kitty.
David will be posting about how he and The One celebrated, so check here later on today.
In the meantime, I’ve got some rules to rewrite.