Have you ever had plans to do something and then everything that could happen that you did not plan on happens? Well that is what always happens to me. I was all set this weekend to work on my first tutorial and then work on a cookie project that’s been stirring in my head for weeks. I watched the news Thursday morning and found out that it is supposed to be raining all weekend long. Rain is a cookie decorators worse nightmare because it can pose so many problems with your icing. Thankfully my icing guardian angels were looking out for me and all came out well. Well….all was well until it was time for me to work on my tutorial and it was raining like cats and dogs and thundering up a storm (no pun intended…lol). The lighting in my cookie room was not the best and the sounds not ideal for taping my first cookie decorating video tutorial. Life doesn’t always give us rainbows and unicorns so when you’re dealt lemons you make lemonade. Rain wasn’t about to ruin my plans. I did my tutorial anyway and I must say it wasn’t too bad for my first.
I thought that showing you how I use my Kopykake to write on cookies would be a great first tutorial. I realize that a Kopykake is not a tool that everyone is going to have but for those considering buying one this may help in your decision. I’m no expert on the Kopykake. I’m simply showing you what I like to do. Here we go. I did a picture tutorial as well as a video tutorial.
I like to outline my words first with a food color pen (in this case I used and AmeriColor Gourmet Writer but I prefer to use Wilton’s fine tip food color writers). I like this method best since I cannot pipe directly onto the cookie, when using my Kopykake, because my hand shakes too much and my hand is always getting in the way of where I need to pipe.
This is what the cookie will look like. This method allows you to have more control of your piping since the words are not going anywhere and you don’t have to worry about them being covered up by your hand.
I use this technique anytime I’m using my Kopykake. For example, in the Mickey Cookies above I first outlined Mickey on my cookie with a yellow food color marker and then went back over him in black. So what if you don’t have a Kopykake? No problem. Use this same technique to write on the cookie in your own handwriting and then simply go over it with your piping icing.
Are you ready to see this technique in action?
Here are the finished cookies. I decorated them with easy flowers and leaves. I simply made blobs of icing on the cookies and let them dry. Then I went back over the blobs with spirals to create a flower. I used a #65 Wilton tip to create the leaves.
A few notes:
I failed to show this in the video but you can use a toothpick or boo-boo stick to get rid of any peaks or imperfections.
In the video I said I normally use the finer tip pens but I should have said that I normally use the extra fine tip writers. The thinner line is easier to cover with icing. I like Wilton’s.
I purchased my Kopykake here.
You can purchase AmeriColor Gourmet Writer’s here.
I hope you liked my first tutorial. I plan on doing more tutorials soon. If you have a request for something you would like to see please let me know.