What do Kopykake projectors and Robert Downey Jr. have in common? Nothing really, except that I kinda love them both.
Over the years I’ve made no secret of my affection for Kopykake projectors. I mean, what’s not to like about a machine that can turn a five hour nightmare into a manageable two hour job?
It may surprise you to know that my KK and I didn’t start out on the best of terms. When I ordered it, I expected a magic machine. Talk about a disappointing surprise! No one mentioned that it would take time and practice to learn how to effectively utilize it as a cookie decorating tool.
Long story short, I eventually learned to love the beast and we lived happily ever after. Since then, I haven’t given our relationship much thought. Then, a couple of weeks ago I shared a little template for One-Direction cookies, touching briefly how to decorate cookies using a Kopykake. I was surprised at how well people liked the idea, so I decided it was worth a little more explanation.
Here is an in-depth look at how I approach cookie designs (like Iron Man) using my Kopykake projector.
Sometimes I begin with an existing cutter and with the help of my Kopykake, adapt the design to fit. You can see a great example of that HERE. In this case, however, I found a pretty straightforward image to use as a template, so I hand-cut the cookies.
Once the cookies were baked, I placed a copy of the template into the Kopykake and adjusted it to fit the cookie.
While it seems that most people use piping icing to outline the design before flooding, I prefer to add color first. Using 20-second icing, I quickly filled each section until the base was covered . The best part is, it’s not even necessary to allow drying time in-between steps.
It’s in our nature as cookie decorators to be overly critical of our work, but in the grand scheme of things tiny imperfections aren’t really that big of a deal.
If you do not own a cookie projector, do not despair! This method takes a bit longer, but it’s a great way to make uniform cookies without a projector.
Have you ever used your Kopykake in this way? If not, try it sometime and let me know what you think. If you don’t own a Kopykake, GET ONE NOW. Try Jerry’s Artarama for the best deals.
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