I have been watching General Hospital for 48 of the 50 years it has aired on ABC, my grandma and I would await for every new adventure each day at 2:00 pm CT. I skipped school on November 17th 1981 to watch Luke and Laura”s wedding, I actually missed a few more days leading up to the event. I cried in 1994 when Maxie Jones needed a heart transplant; her recipient being her cousin BJ and again in 1995 when Stone Cates died. I inadvertently turned Sydney, my daughter, into a GH fan in 2006 when Luke remarried Laura on their 25th wedding anniversary.
This past week in half General Hospital has been celebrating their 50th anniversary by reinitiating the Nurse’s Ball. In 1994 Lucy Coe had a wonderful idea to raise money for AIDS with a gala celebration where Port Charles’s best and brightest could watch and participate. The event was a collection of musical performances starring doctors, nurses, and a surprise guest or two. I was, of course watching the anniversary along with Sydney via FaceTime (she is in college in D.C.), when I spotted little Emma’s purple dress and had to duplicate the garment with a delicious 3-D sugar cookie.
3-D Ruffled Dress:
- Blossom Wedding Dress
- Blossom wedding dress stamp
- Jewel mold
- Ribbon cutter
- Veining tool,HP
- Fondant rolling pin
- Fondant smoother
- Fondant floral pad, OP
- Mini pizza wheel, or craft knife
- Artist brushes
- Parchment paper cone
- Fondant, colored in ombre purple (Fondarific)
- Fondant, ivory
- Food paste
- Petal dust,African Violet, NYCake & Violet, Ck
- Lustre dust, Old Gold, CK
- Edible glue,pre-made
- Royal icing, ivory colored and bead consistency
Prepare your Ombre colored fondant, we chose purple, but choose your favorite color. Seal the fondant in plastic wrap and place in sandwich bags.
Prepare your mise en place.
Knead your fondant, roll the fondant to a #1 on a pasta machine or 3 mm/1/8-inch, cut the fondant with your blossom cutter, and with your ribbon cutter, set to the smallest width cut two strips of each color. Transfer the fondant strip to your pad and begin to frill the strip, roll the veining tool back and forth until you are satisfied with the frill. Only cut and frill one color at time.
Brush piping gel on the cookies and attach the the frilled strip. Work with one ombre color and cookie at a time, we found two strips pre color work brilliantly. Work from the bottom of the dress to the bodice. Attach each strip as close as possible without laying the fondant frill strips on top of one another, each strips should be attached to the cookie.
For the Bodice:
Knead the darkest color of ombre colors, roll the fondant to a #1 on a pasta machine or 3 mm/1/8-inch, cut the fondant with your blossom cutter, and with your mini pizza wheel cutter cut the bodice portion of the dress. Transfer the bodice to a foam pad and use your veining tool to frill the bottom of the bodice.
Apply more piping gel to the bodice portion of the cookie and attach the bodice fondant piece to the cookie.
Decorating the Ruffle Dress:
Now that your dress is all dressed-up in ruffles, gingerly open the ruffles, starting from the bottom and work your way up to the bodice. Use the blunt end of the Celpin to open the ruffles.
On a piece of parchment paper place African violet and violet, sprinkle cornstarch on the side. Mix the two violets together and mix cornstarch with an artist brush. Proceed to brush the petal dust mixture on the ruffles, allowing the excess to fall into the lower ruffles. Petal dust the bodice as well.
Mix your vodka with old gold petal lustre in a little jar, the mixture should ripple on the bottom for a perfect consistency.
With an artist paint brush, only used for food, accent the edges of the ruffles.
Fill a parchment paper cone with bead consistency royal icing, leaving a small hole. Pipe beads on the neckline and on the bottom of the bodice.
There is something extra special about a 3-D cookie. For the stand we used a jeweled mold, mixed cinnamon bun flavored fondant with mocha flavored fondant. Placed a square sheet of fondant in the mold to create the jewel. We painted the jewel with old gold.
You have a few mediums to attach the dress cookie to the jewel stand, Royal icing, chocolate melts with freeze dry, or what I chose fondant glue. Take the extra pieces of fondant add a few drops of water, at a time, smoosh the mixture with a mini straight frosting spatula until it become gooey. Apply the fondant glue to the stand and the bottom of the dress cookie, place the two pieces together, and hold for a few seconds or until the dress is standing without aide. If any of the glue peeks out paint it with the old gold/vodka paint.
My grandmother shared her love (or obsession) of General Hospital with me, and I in urn shared my love of General hospital with my daughter/best friend, Sydney. I wonder will she be sharing the soap opera with her child?