Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter-Truck Shaded with Food Gel Pens

Did you know that Sweet Sugar Belle is designing cookie cutters? Well, she is and I couldn’t be more excited for her. And us! Doesn’t it make sense for cookie decorators to make cookie cutters? When I saw Sweet Sugar Belles bus cutter, I not only saw a bus, I saw an old timey truck with pumpkins in the back. I thought it would be the perfect cookie to kick off fall.  I couldn’t wait to get started.

Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter thebearfootbaker.comSeriously, who knows what cookie decorators want better than someone who actually decorates cookies for a living? Callye is so talented and has the amazing ability to see multiple designs in a single cutter so I knew her designs would be inspirational for us all.

Supplies for Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter-Truck Shaded with Food Gel Pens:

15 Second Icing in these colors:

Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter with thebearfootbaker.comI trimmed off the top of the cutter before I baked it. I just moved the bus cutter down and took a little off the top to make it a better size for the truck. You don’t have to do this step but, I liked the way it turned out.

Begin with the light blue icing and outline and flood the side mirrors and the back window.

Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter www.thebearfootbaker.comThen, with the red icing, outline the body of the truck.
Next, outline the fenders, around the window and tailgate.
This next part is a bit different than anything I have ever done before. I piped a little red icing on the back of the truck and spread it around with a paintbrush. When it dried, it was a little dull so I paninted on a thin (very thin) coat of corn syrup. It dried smooth and wasn’t tacky like I was afraid it would. I think it added a nice shine.
I wanted the back of the truck to be flat so the fenders, tailgate and pumpkins would stand out and not be flat on the cookie.

Truck with Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter thebearfootbaker.comThen, outline and flood the fenders with red icing and let the dry for about 20 minutes. While you are waiting on them to dry, outline and flood the tires with the black icing and the two large pumpkins with the orange icing.

Fall-Truck-with-Sweet-Sugar Belle Bus Cutter by thebearfootbaker.comFlood the tailgate and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Next, outline and flood the bumper with the gray icing.
Then, flood the remaining pumpkin with the orange icing and add a brown stem to each one. Let the cookie dry overnight so it will be ready for the shading.

Simple Truck with Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter thebearfootbaker.comThis shading technique is simple and affordable. You don’t have to have an airbrush gun to shade cookies. All you need is a brown food gel pen.

Use the brown pen to mark the finder. Then, with a damp paintbrush, spread the gel into the area you want shaded. It is so simple and I think you will be amazed by the effect is will add. Repeat it on each section of the truck by following the pictures.

Fall Truck with Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter with thebearfootbaker.comI love this cutter and this new shading effect.

Fun Fall Truck with Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter with thebearfootbaker.comI wanted to make my old Ford truck to be red but, now that I made a few, I think I like the blue one best.

Old Fall Truck with Sweet Sugar Belles Bus Cutter with thebearfootbaker.comI can’t wait to see what other cookie cutters Sweet Sugar Belle makes. I know they will be fun and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Bear hug,




  1. Hi Lisa,
    I am in love with these cookies. Wow! I love how you think. I bought the cookie jar cutter but going to replicate what sweetsugarbelle has done. I am amazed at how your mind thinks, so creative!

  2. OMG so cute! I love these. I also saw a taxi when I saw the cutter. so fun!

  3. Her cutters are so great and can be used for so many things! And this is the first of the reinvented cookies (I’m sure not the last) and it could possibly be the cutest! So glad you’re back in the wagon, (so to speak) and feeling better! :)

  4. The minute I saw this cutter (and her others) I rushed to Karen’s to order. When my daughter saw it, she guessed an old car, but this truck is the CUTEST thing ever! Love how you did it…just might have to try this myself. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Callye did make a very cute set of cutters and you took the school bus one to a whole new level with these cookies! If these aren’t the cutest old pumpkin hauling trunks I’ve seen then I sure don’t know what is. Your tips on aging the truck are great! Got any tips on how to make an old gal look younger?! 😉

  6. Love the new shading technique! It really looks great and is perfect someone like me sans fancy equipment. Tx for sharing, Lisa!

  7. Awesome idea! I love it!

  8. I ADORE these cookies so much! I have that cutter too, so thanks for the tutorial, including the shading:) They look so fun and spectacular!!!

  9. Such a clever use of the bus cutter. I love old trucks and what better use for them than to haul some fall pumpkins!
    Great design!! I want to try it when I get better at decorating.

  10. Lisa!! This is incredible! I love the truck cookie design and this new shading technique!! You are a genius! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Lisa, these are DARLING!!!! Hubby is such a car-guy…however, they MUST be “CHEVY” if they are in our house! LOL Cookies are becoming more and more a cross-over to decorative painting. I’m loving it!
    Blessings, Donna B.

  12. LOVE these cookies…how creative! We have lots of old cars and have had a couple of old 50’s Ford trucks….awesome cookies!:)

  13. These are adorable!! They are so creative!

  14. Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings says:

    These are adorable Lisa!!! I’m not sure what happened…I used to get your blog in my news feed and have signed up for it a few times but I almost never see it now. :( Any way you can check for me? Thank you! Christine – Sugar Cravings

    • Hi Christine, how were you following me? Feeder, Google Reader, or email? How do you want to follow me now and I will set you up:)

      • Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings says:

        If you could set it up so that I receive notifications via email that would be great! Thanks Lisa!

  15. I just love the way these look and the shading give it such an “authentic” feel…if at all possible with a cookie. Another great post!!

  16. I didn’t know an old pick-up truck could be so cute!! The pumpkins in the back are genius, Lisa! :)

  17. My son loves the book Little Blue Truck. These cookies would be perfect for a birthday party themed after that book! Great shading.

  18. This is just INCREDIBLE! I heart you, ya know!

  19. Love what you did with the cutter, Lisa . The marker and paintbrush tip is genius!

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