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 Kopykake 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 template for One-Direction cookies, touching briefly on 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 projector and adjusted the lens so that the image was the same size as the cookie.
Using 20-second icing, I quickly filled each section to quickly cover the base. Luckily, it wasn’t even necessary to allow drying time in-between steps.
Just to be safe, I make sure the base is dry before piping the black outline.
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 don’t 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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