A Cookie Challenge for the Championship

Posted by Anne Yorks on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This must be the week of challenging custom orders. I am beginning to wonder if someone has started a facebook group called ‘Stump the Baker at Flour Box’.

Well, Ha Ha! You’re foiled again you mysterious group of people that probably don’t exist! Because I did it…I created a custom order for the Duquesne Men’s Swim Team for the Atlantic 10 Championship.

I have to admit, though, I was stumped for a day. Swimming is a tough sport to turn into a cookie. There isn’t a ball or racket or helmet or jersey. So what did that leave me? A pool – not a very interesting cookie. A swim cap? Not so good.

So here’s what I went with: a speedo (yep! I went there), a swimmer dude, a Duquesne ‘D’, and a personalized cookie for each team member with their name and swim category.

Here’s the overview pic:

And here are the individual close-ups:

The Speedo…

The Duquense ‘D’. This cookie took a serious amount of concentration since I had to freehand them. I think the hard work paid off.

The swimmer dude…

And the personalized cookie:

Of course, there are always challenges in doing names…and this order was no different. A few of the names included SMITH and HILL and KOVACS. And then there was this name: WOLLENSCHLAEGER. This is no joke. I had to put Wollenschlaeger on a cookie. I did it, but it took me two tries. Here’s the final cookie…

Good thing they don’t put their names on the speedo. Don’t think that one would fit.

Well, that’s all I got for today. More tomorrow. I have a few more ‘custom’ orders that I’m dying to share. But for now, I’m pooped and I am going to zone in front of the tv. I need to catch up on the current episode of Damages. The web is being woven and I don’t want to miss a second!

Have a sweet day,


  • Ben

    Sep 17, 2012

    it will not allow the use of rigid material in swim caps.As for reudicng the skin (surface) drag of the cap, the area covered by the cap is very very small, as is the shear force caused by surface drag. Silicone used in swim caps already has a very low coefficient of friction for a material will such a high Young’s modulus. You could spend a million dollars reudicng the skin drag on a swim cap and see negligible improvement.From my point of view, the best way to maximize the performance enhancement of swim caps would be to make the system more buoyant.

  • matt

    Dec 22, 2011

    did you just cut out the speedo cookies by hand or did you have a speedo cookie cutter?

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