“There are very few people wandering through Le Cirque des Rêves with you in these predawn hours. Some are wearing red scarves that are particularly vibrant against the black and white…You spend your last moments at the circus as you wish, for it is your time and yours alone. But before long, it is time for Le Circque des Rêves to close, at least for the time being.” – The Night Circus
Our time with the circus has ended. Did you have fun? I know I did. But first, here is how to make your own The Night Circus cookie platter. I apologize for the lack of step-by-step pictures – this batch was done at night, and quite quickly! Some designs were inspired by The Night Circus online game.
- Circle cookies
- Small star cookies
- Circus tent cookies (I cut these by hand)
- White icing (outline and flood)
- Black icing (outline and flood)
- Red (moderately stuff flood icing)
- Couplers, pastry bags, and #1 and #2 tips
- Disco dust, optional
1. For the star cookies, outline with white icing and flood immediately. Most of the stars were sprinkled with disco dust for a sparkly look.
The other stars were a couple random designs with black piping icing while the white icing was still wet. A couple swirls, stripes, and polka dots add additional interest to the group.
2. For the circus tent cookies, I drew a basic design on the cookie first with a food writer, but it would not be difficult to free hand. I outlined the entire cookie and all inside lines with black icing (using a #2 tip). Then I flooded alternating sections with black flood icing. Let this section dry before flooding the rest of the sections with white flood icing.
3. For the silhouettes with scarves, I first outlined and flooded a circle shaped cookie with white icing. Let it dry completely before piping the silhouette head first (I changed up the hair for each design). You can draw the silhouette on the cookie with a food writer first, if that is easier for you – just make sure the icing is completely dry! Then, use your red icing to pipe the scarves with a #1 tip. Use variations in the thickness of the scarf so that it looks windblown. I didn’t use Sugarbelle’s tutorial for confetti, but it would probably help you pipe the scarves. The same principle applies!
Now, I must say goodbye, rêveurs. Thank you for indulging me. If you haven’t read “The Night Circus,” you’re missing out!