Summer is in full swing now, or at least in as full-a-swing as it can be in Phase Four. With the weather being warm, the sun shining brightly and COVID-19 cases waning (at least in New York), …
Summer is in full swing now, or at least in as full-a-swing as it can be in Phase Four. With the weather being warm, the sun shining brightly and COVID-19 cases waning (at least in New York), it’s tempting to forget those rougher days in late Winter and early Spring when we were mostly locked in and needed a distraction.
But who knew the distraction would be Joe Exotic?
It’s no secret now that Joe’s, well, “exotic” saga, as told by Netflix in Tiger King, helped a lot of us get through a time that might otherwise have been unbearable. And it helped me think of a cookie project as well—one I’m happy to share here.
Being from Liberty, NY—and being an avid hiker—my favorite animals are generally native to our northeast territory: black bears, deer, foxes and raptors among them. But my favorite animal from outside our Northeast region is the tiger.
Wherever tigers are found, they are respected and feared. They are undeniably beautiful but terrifying creatures. In their native areas, tigers feature prominently in local myths and symbols. According to Tigerpedia (www.animalplanet.com), tigers are a symbol of “willpower, courage and personal strength. In Tantric Buddhism,” the article continues, “ represents the transformation of anger into wisdom and insight and is thought to protect the meditator from outside harm or spiritual interference.”
Recreating the face of such a noble beast with modeling chocolate on a cookie might be an ideal project to do with your kids. And if anyone in the family is research-minded—or an animal buff in general—it might also be a good time to share some knowledge about these amazing creatures.
I hope you enjoy making this tiger cookie out of modeling chocolate.
Sketch design with an edible marker onto the cookie.
Using green modeling chocolate and a clay tool, add the background.
Roll black modeling chocolate into thin tubes to add the details.
Using different colored modeling chocolate, add more detail (use light colors to highlight and dark colors to shadow).
Use clay tool to add texture.
Add nose using black and red modeling chocolate.
Add black to the eye area and use ball tool to make indentations.
Roll two eighth-inch balls out of yellow and add as eyes; add a small piece of black for the eyeball and a very small piece of white for the highlight;
Use white and royal blue petal dust to add highlights and shadows.
Kim Simons is an award-winning artist, food artist and cake artist. She and her teammates—the Bah Hum Bakers—are the reigning champions of Food Network’s Holiday Wars. In addition, Kim has a cookbook of gluten-free recipes, “Get All Cook-y With Kim,” available on Amazon. Visit Kim at www.cakesbykimsimons.com.