Have you attempted to decorate fancy cake only to end up creating a deformed and unrecognizable version of your kids favorite character (nailed-it
)? Don't fret: the professionals CHEAT! I am sure that most professional bakers don't need to trace their patterns from a projected image, but most bakers don't have 4 year olds as their bosses... The basic premise is you affix a pocket or pico projector to your cabinets (using rare earth magnets) and project the desired image onto your cake; then you merely have to ice what you see. Easier said than done, I know. But if you have a steady hand, and some experience with managing frosting viscosity, then this approach removes the geometry and perspective out of the equation. The most well known commercial product available designed for this purpose is called a kopykake
projector which retails for 225$ to 480$. If you already have a projector then you can make one with junk from your basement.
We've previously tried the Frozen Icing-Transfer
method with limited success, particularly because the shape was large and complex (breakup while peeling back the parchment).