Sugarpaste fondant cake icing is often called ready to roll icing or roll out icing and can give fantastic results which even first-time cake decorators will be able to achieve with ease. Sugar paste icing is often referred to by brand names such as Regalice or Covapaste (in the same way that many of us refer to any vacuum cleaners as a Hoover) and sometimes known as rolled fondant - especially in the USA.
In the UK, fondant icing is really a soft, warmed icing used for fondant fancies and suchlike, whereas ready rolled sugarpaste icing is a cold product - used at room temperature for covering the cake.
Cake Stuff highly recommend Cake Stuff Couture artisan sugarpaste fondant icing - made in small batches by a specialist sugarcraft manufacturer using the very highest quality ingredients to our own specification. Unlike Regalice, Couture sugarpaste contains natural gums which give outstanding handling and covering performance - similar to Satinice (see below). Couture icing is made using ultra fine icing sugar ground to only 11 microns, to offer the smoothest fondant paste yet - it doesn't crack or craze, especially around corners if prepared correctly. It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember to knead well before use to activate the gums and to mix any natural oils which may be present on surface of the paste, for best performance. Cake Stuff Couture is suitable for both covering and modelling - dries to a smooth, porcelain like finish and can be coloured using paste / gel icing colouring.
Couture artisan sugarpaste icing is available in 2.5kg and 5kg packs in both white and ivory, with a range of colours arriving soon. The 5kg box contains 2 x 2.5kg packs for convenience. Packs are loose wrapped and not completely sealed as this can cause the build up of condensation and affect the quality of the sugar paste.
MASSA TICINO SUGARPASTE
Cake Stuff are very few UK cake supplies retailers to stock the famous Massa Ticino sugarpaste by Karma. Considered by many as the ultimate sugarpaste, Carma was founded in Switzerland in 1931 by Carl Maentler – a Swiss guy with a sweet tooth! Carma first developed their Massa Ticino sugarpaste in 1963 and it quickly earned a reputation for being one of the world’s best sugar pastes. 50 years later Carma have launched nine new colours - all created from natural origins, so they are free from the AZO dyes and any animal derived products. Mass Ticino is still made in Switzerland to an exacting recipe, Massa Ticino offers outstanding workability. It is a perfect choice for covering cakes due to its high elasticity it will not rip, crack or form "elephant skin" whilst being used, and will smooth to a perfect finish and dries to a crisp shell.
As with any top quality product, Massa Ticino is more expensive than other brands and there's not a lot we can do with the price, but Cake Stuff are committed to offering our customers the best possible prices in the UK. Don't be put off by the price - we have hundreds of customers who simply will not use any other sugarpaste after switching to Massa Ticino - many claim it is no more expensive than other brands because (1) you can roll very thinly so actually use a lot less and (2) its performance avoids re-covering due to tears, elephant skin etc
Massa Ticino is available in 7kg re-sealable tubs in Original White and Tropic White, which is designed for use in warmer climate and preferred by many customers. Massa Ticino is also available in white, ivory and a range of colours in smaller retail packs.
Cake Stuff have always recommended Professional Regalice made by Renshaw - holders of the royal warrant. The name Regal Ice was sold by Renshaw and now unfortunately appears on packs of cheap Dr Oetker supermarket icing, so Renshaw re-named the product as Ready To Roll Icing. This causes confusion because the generic term " ready to roll " is associated with cheaper types of roll our fondant icing. Renshaw Professional Regal Ice is a high quality sugarpaste icing which has excellent handling and covering properties, is not too sticky and less prone to crack than supermarket ready to roll icing Please note Professional Regalice is not the same product as cheaper Dr Oetker / SuperCook Regalice now sold in UK supermarkets.
Professional Regalice is available in white and ivory in 250g, 500g, 1kg, 2½kg and 5kg packs, and in a full range of colours in 250g packs. Renshaw Regalice has been the top selling sugar paste for many years - in fact Regalice is over 100 years old - so we reckon just about every customer will be familiar with the product. Renshaw are now part of a larger group of food companies have decided to re-brand Regalice as Decor Ice Ready To Roll Icing.
Renshaw have discontinued 5kg and 10kg trade blocks and are now supplying all bulk Regalice / Decor-Ice in 2.5kg sleeve packs - this allows us to offer price breaks when buying 5kg or 10kg and multiples thereof. 5kg (2 x 2½kg sleeve packs) may be supplied in a Renshaws outer box or be re-packed by Cake Stuff - this is because the original box may have contained 10kg (4 packs). All 2.5kg sleeve packs are guaranteed 100% genuine Renshaw and will have the authentic Renshaw labelling but outer boxes may vary depending on how stock has arrived with us.
Renshaw have re-branded all Regalice packs to say Ready To Roll Icing and / or Decor-Ice. Regalice is such a well known and well-loved name within the cake decorating world that this is a real shame but, unfortunately, when Renshaw sold a chunk of their business to Dr Oetker they included the famous Regalice name.
We feel that calling it "Ready To Roll" could confuse a premium sugarpaste with cheaper, sticky supermarket roll out icings so if you receive stocks of the new-style packs of sugarpaste and can't find the word "Regalice" anywhere, please be assured this still is Regalice as we all know it. We'll continue to refer to it as Regalice as this is really what everyone knows it as.
RENSHAW COVERING PASTE
For busier cake makers and trade customers, Cake Stuff also recommend our best-selling Premium Sugarpaste - Renshaw's Covering Paste sugarpaste fondant icing. Available in white and ivory, Covering Paste is also also manufactured by Renshaw and offers excellent handling and covering properties, combined with a deliciously subtle vanilla flavour. Not as dry or firm to work with as Regalice, Covering Paste is ideal for celebration and novelty cakes and is available in 2.5kg and 5kg trade packs, with price breaks on larger quantities offering fantastic value for money for busier customers. Each 5kg box of Renshaws' Premium Sugarpaste contains 2 x 2.5kg packs which is a great feature as it prevents the sugarpaste from drying out if you don't need to use all 5kg at once. For customers used to using BAKO Sugarpaste we would highly recommend this product as an extremely similar and well-priced alternative.
Cake Stuff also recommend Flemings Covapaste - another premium quality sugar paste fondant icing available in white and ivory, with superb covering properties and a gorgeous, almost fudgey, vanilla flavour. Covapaste is aimed at professional bakers with pinning and sheeting equipment as it slightly more elastic than other brands, but can just as easily be used by home bakers and cake decorators.
Cova paste is also available in 2.5kg and 5kg trade packs, with price breaks on larger quantities offering fantastic value for money for busier customers. Each 5kg box of Covapaste contains 2 x 2.5kg sealed packs.
Cake Stuff also stock Satinice - the rolled fondant sugar paste icing everyone is talking about thanks to the huge popularity of American TV cake shows. Available in 1kg, 2.5kg and 10kg plastic pails, Satin Ice does not smell as sweet as British sugar pastes but has exceptional covering properties due to the inclusion of gums in the recipe. Available in white (vanilla), ivory and chocolate with more colours planned for later in the year. Satinice is difficult to stock in any quantity because the UK distributors only import one container load at a time and, once this sells, we sometimes have to weight several weeks for the next container arriving and clearing customs. Satinice is an excellent product but if this is the brand you prefer, our advice is always to have some extra in stock!
CULPITT SUGAR PASTE
Cake Stuff also stock Cake Decorating Sugar Paste fondant icing from Culpitt. Culpitt sugarpaste has what the baking industry a "cleaner eat", by which we mean a less gummy texture and handles well for both covering and modelling, so it is certainly worth considering. Culpitt sugarpaste is available in original white, brilliant white and ivory in 5kg plastic pails as well as 250g, 500g and 1kg retail packs. Culpitt sugarpaste is also available in a range of popular colours in 250 retail packs.
Cake Stuff also stock a range of premium colours and flavoured sugarpaste fondant icing from Beau Products. Beau Products are well known for their excellent icing / food flavourings and also offer a range of delicious coloured sugarpaste icing, ready flavoured to match the colour.
Cake Stuff also stock actual Bakers' Fondant - please remember that although used as a term for sugarpaste icing in the USA, the term "fondant" has a different meaning in UK baking and cake decorating circles and is not the same as roll-out sugarpaste icing.
"OK - so which brand am I best using?" . . . the question we're asked all the time.
The simple answer is - there isn't a simple answer(!). Everyone has a slightly different way of working and, as with most things in life, will find their own personal favourite. Based on sales and customer feedback we're happy to offer the following summary, but perhaps the safest solution is to buy one of our exclusive sugarpaste & marzipan sample packs and try all the brands for yourself.
SUMMARY . . .
Please have a good browse - we'll be adding more colours and flavours of sugarpaste over the coming months but, meantime, please try them and let us know your opinion. Uniquely, Cake Stuff also offer a SAMPLE PACK containing 7 small packs of the top 6 sugarpaste fondant icings (plus marzipan), so that you can try / feel / taste before ordering larger packs.
Cake Stuff no longer stock M&B sugarpaste, after listening to what customers were saying. M&B sugarpaste is much softer than Regalice and opinion from customers has always been a bit mixed. As always happens when offering more than one brand, some customers swear by Regalice, others prefer M&B, but over the past few years a number of customers reported finding M&B just too soft (and even sticky) to give a proper finish. If you like M&B then please accept our apologies - it's just not viable to carry a second full range of colours at the moment without constantly finding Best Before dates getting too close to sell - why not try the new Culpitt range of coloured sugarpaste fondant icing? Renshaw's launch of new Regalice colours has more-or-less sealed the fate of M&B.
Colours shown on this site are limited by photography and shades will vary on different PC monitors.
As you browse colours and pack sizes, please be sure you are purchasing the correct product as we cannot accept the return of sugarpaste for food safety reasons. This does not affect your statutory rights.
How much sugarpaste will you need to cover your cake? Please see our CAKE COVERING GUIDE table
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Cake Stuff do not accept the return of any edible products unless supplied incorrectly or damaged. When you order an edible product from Cake Stuff you can do so in the complete confidence that it has only ever been stored by the manufacturer and Cake Stuff. This policy ensures Food Safety is never compromised. If we were to allow the return of edible products we would have no control over how these products were stored - not everyone's house is as clean as we like our own - edible products could be stored somewhere unhygienic, next to the dog's food bowl or in the boot of a car exposed to oil etc. Put simply, Cake Stuff will not take risks with Food Safety so we will not re-sell any product returned by a customer. For this reason we can only accept returns where there is a recognized problem with the order or product. Our Food Safety policy protects your safety, the safety of you children or your own customers, so we would ask your understanding.
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