DVD Class

Sweet Elegance: 16 Cookie-Decorating Techniques (DVD + Streaming)


Item: W0142Q


Make your cookies a delicacy of design, texture and color with professional decorator Amber Spiegel. Start by achieving the perfect royal icing consistency for different types of decorating. Then, learn to easily transfer intricate eyelet lace and other patterns onto your cookies. Make sophisticated fabric effects simple: luscious quilted textures, as well as breathtaking brush embroidered flowers and borders. Antique your cookies with the look of gold marbling, cracked ceramic glazes and bronze edgings. Create rose accents with exquisite wet-on-wet techniques, eye-catching piping and more. Paint vibrant custom designs and radiant backdrops with edible watercolors. Texture your work to create “fuzzy” animal cookies and wavy icing for rustic chic treats. Make the most enticing treats at the table with new cookie-decorating techniques.

NOTE: If you’d like to purchase only the DVD for this class, you may do so through this link. (Please note, any class PDF materials are not on the DVD itself. You must have streaming access to download those materials associated with the class.)

Class Sessions

Introduction (4:25)
Meet professional cookie decorator Amber Spiegel and get a preview of the skills you’ll learn in this class. Amber shares where she looks to find inspiration for her innovative designs, then offers helpful decorating tips that apply to the entire class. See how Amber sets up her work surface, learn the best techniques for handling cookies and piping bags, and find out what materials you’ll need.

Icing Consistency (20:11)
Learn the essential skill of achieving the right icing consistency. Amber explains in detail how to create the three icing consistencies you’ll use in the class: flood, medium and stiff. See the proper method of filling a piping bag and how to evenly distribute flood-consistency icing onto a cookie. Watch as Amber demonstrates how to use medium-consistency icing to make smooth, flowy scrollwork designs and stiff-consistency icing to create a basket weave pattern and a rope border. Finally, learn Amber’s easy technique for coloring icing.

Transferring Patterns (27:02)
Discover three simple ways to transfer a complex pattern onto a cookie. First, Amber walks you through the steps of how to use an edible-ink marker to create an eyelet lace design. Next, see Amber’s innovative technique for sketching intricate patterns into hardened frosting with a cardstock ruler and scribe tool. Finally, learn how to make an exact copy of a pattern using tissue paper and an edible-ink marker.

Fabric Techniques (21:04)
Add more sophisticated designs to your repertoire as Amber demonstrates how to create fabric-like textures with icing. Amber shows you how to achieve a quilted look and apply this technique to other eye-pleasing designs. You’ll also see how to make elegant brush-embroidered flowers with a scribe tool and square-tipped brush. Using this same technique, Amber illustrates how to create a brush-embroidered border to add more intricate effects to your cookies.

Antiquing Techniques (17:52)
Amber shares her quick and easy techniques for adding striking antique effects to your cookies. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to create an ornate gold marbling effect using gold pearl dust, flood-consistency icing and a scribe tool. Amber outlines her process for making a cracked-glaze effect, which mimics the weathered surface of antique pottery. You’ll also find out how to apply bronze pearl dust to the edges of your cookies for a beautiful vintage look.

Rose Embellishments (21:38)
Discover how to add elegant rose accents to your creations. Amber shares her tips and tricks for working quickly with flood-consistency icing to create smooth and dainty wet-on-wet roses. Next, get in-depth instruction on how to make a piped rose with a flower nail and two colors of icing. Amber also explains her time-saving technique of using molds to create a variety of fondant roses.

Painting Techniques (22:14)
Learn Amber’s simple painting techniques for embellishing cookies with accents of color and sparkle. See how to make edible watercolor paint using gel paste food coloring. Then, watch as Amber uses a round-tip brush to apply and blend multiple colors on hardened icing — perfect for creating the colorful wings of a butterfly or a vibrant sunset background. You’ll also see how to dress up your designs even more with Amber’s gilding technique.

Creative Texturing (18:35)
Continue building on the innovative techniques you’ve learned in previous lessons to create a variety of unique textures. Amber shows you how to add fuzzy textures to your animal- or beach-themed cookies by dabbing flood-consistency icing with a stiff square-tipped brush. See how to create a rustic, but elegant look using a spatula to make textured designs in the icing. Plus, Amber demonstrates how to add a smooth and glossy finish to your icing using corn syrup, alcohol and a dash of pearl dust.

Your Instructor

Amber Spiegel

Amber is a graduate of the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She’s also a former cake and cookie decorator at Wilton Industries. Today, Amber runs her own cookie business, SweetAmbs. She enjoys teaching cookie decorating through video tutorials, in-person classes around the world and on Craftsy. Amber’s work can be found in magazines such as InStyle, Cake Central and Brides, as well as on numerous blog and websites.

Bonus Materials


How will I receive my DVD class?
Your DVD will be shipped in the mail using the address you provide at checkout. Your purchase also includes access to a streaming version of the class and downloadable PDF class materials. After your purchase, you can find your streaming class and your PDF class materials by logging into your Craftsy account using the user name and password you established.

How do I access the companion materials for my DVD class?
Come to Craftsy.com and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” area, select the “Classes” content. On this page, you’ll see all classes you’ve purchased from Craftsy. Simply select the desired class from your content list, and you’ll be presented with your selected class page. From the class page you can easily view, download or print the companion class materials, which are in the “Bonus Materials” tab on the class page. You can log in any time, and download or print the companion materials as many times as you like. Companion class materials are not shipped in the mail with your DVD, and must be accessed on Craftsy.com.

How do I stream my class on Craftsy.com?
Come to Craftsy.com and log into your account using the username and password you set up when establishing your Craftsy account or purchasing your DVD. In your “My Account” content, select the desired class. Stream the video on-demand from the class page any time you like; your viewing access is unlimited. You can stream your class from any computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access.

Do I have to purchase a Craftsy Membership to get my class?
No, you do not. Every DVD purchased on Craftsy.com includes both the physical DVD in the mail and unlimited on-demand streaming access at Craftsy.com. These benefits are yours with or without a Craftsy membership.

Are DVDs included in a Craftsy Membership?
No, they are not. DVDs can only be purchased on an individual basis and are not included in Craftsy memberships. For non-members, DVDs are a flexible way to purchase only the classes you love best. For members, DVDs are a great choice to build an at-home library you can keep forever and enjoy any time, with or without Internet access.

Do you ship internationally?
Yes, we do ship most physical products, including DVDs, to several International destinations. In addition to the USA and Canada, we ship to Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and most Western European countries. If you live outside these countries, you can still purchase digital items including memberships, individual streaming classes, and pattern downloads.

Do your DVDs work on international players?
Yes, our DVDs should be compatible with any DVD player in use today. All our videos have been created with all current Region Codes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8). If you have trouble viewing a DVD purchased from Craftsy.com, please contact Customer Service.

What is your return policy?
We want to be sure you’re satisfied. If you have trouble playing your DVD, if the content is not correctly presented on the DVD, or you are dissatisfied with the content of your class, we will work with you. Contact Craftsy customer service via email or phone. Upon your request, and upon your return of the DVD to us, we will refund your purchase price or send you another DVD to replace a damaged or incorrect DVD, whichever is your preference. If you do receive a full refund, your streaming video class will also be removed from your Craftsy account, so on-demand video access will no longer be available to you.