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 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.

How to decorate Iron Man cookies with a projector (or not).

Iron Man Cookies_SweetSugarBelleSometimes 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.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle1Once 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 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.

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

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle4To prevent color bleed, I make sure the base is dry before moving on.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle5I also don’t worry too much about little boo boos like these since most of them end up covered with piping icing.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle6To finish up I place the cookie back under the projector and use piping icing and a #1.5 tip to add 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. Except you, of course.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle8On that note, I thought I would point out a few of my own boo boos 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.

Iron Man Cookies_Sweetsugarbelle9I’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.

Iron Man Cookies_SweetSugarBelle11If 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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