The Easy Way to Use a Kopykake Projector

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 the affection I have for my Kopykake.  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 was expecting 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 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 a Kopykake projector.

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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, the template was pretty straightforward so I decided to hand-cut .

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Once the cookies were baked, I placed a  copy of the template into the Kopykake and adjusted it to fit the cookie.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle2While 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, using this technique it’s not even necessary to allow drying time in-between steps.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle3Since my images are often black and white {to conserve printer ink} my phone is often nearby to help me keep track of where each color should be.

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I make sure the base is partially dry before moving on.

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I also don’t worry too much about little boo boos like these since most of them end up covered with piping icing.

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To finish up I placed the cookie back under the projector and use piping icing and a #1.5 tip to add the details.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle7Remember I mentioned not worrying about perfection?  If you look closely, each cookie is a teensie bit different, but I promise that no one will notice…but you, of course.

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On that note, I thought I would highlight out a few things to illustrate a point.  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.

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I’ve made cookie after cookie with great results using this method.  It cuts down on cratering, mixing time and decorating time, and leaves you with a very sharp, detailed design.

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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 or Madison Art Shop for the best deals.

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    Rosanne Waldman says:

    There are different models of KK. Which do you recommend? I’m so anxious to buy one after reading your wonderful site!

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    Caiti says:

    Ordering my KopyKake in the next few weeks!! I’ve been reading EV-ER-Y-THING I can on using it for cookies. Thanks for the tips!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Hi- I’m wondering what color you used for iron mans face? I’m making these for a little boys bday but can’t figure out the face color. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Liz Lobdell says:

    I am so impressed with your work and that you share it! I have never decorated cookies like this and will be trying the UT Longhorn, not the hand. I will flood it like the hand on your tutorial. I hope all goes well and if it looks half as good as yours I will be happy. My daughter will be going to Texas Tech this fall, so I will try your TT cookies for her going away party. Unfortunately, I already made cookie dough from another website before I found your blog, but for the TT cookies I will try yours.

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    Hi there!!!Aside from absolutely LOVING your work, I was checking the blog out specifically for some KopyKake info! I was thinking of getting one but was a little freaked out when I saw “projects on walls,” etc. That did not seem too useful for me. So I figured I should ask you…is there any particular model that is best suited for cookies? I noticed you use it quite a bit. I do more than cookies, but it appears to be a pretty useful tool! What are your recommendations? Thank you!!!

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    Tamara says:

    Hi are you accepting orders? If so how can I get in touch with you regarding these and some avengers cookies I saw on your Instagram page? Thanks.

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    Bree says:

    Awesome job!! Love your site!! What colors did you use to get the icing colors so perfect??

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