Sugarpaste cake icing is often called fondant, 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 also 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.
Couture is the new Great British sugarpaste everyone is talking about.
Cake Stuff highly recommend Couture artisan sugarpaste fondant icing - made exclusively for us to our own unique specification by a specialist manufacturer using the very highest quality ingredients, drawing on over 35 years experience in the cake decorating industry and the feedback of hundreds of our customers. Couture sugarpaste contains natural gums which give outstanding handling and covering performance - similar to Massa Ticino and Satinice (see below). Couture icing is made using ultra fine icing sugar ground to only 10 microns, to offer the smoothest fondant paste yet - it doesn't crack or craze, tear or form 'elephant skin'. Couture is ideal for taller, deeper or larger cakes as it has a natural stretch and won't droop or tear easily. It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember to knead well before use to activate the gums for best performance. 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 luxury sugarpaste icing is available in 2.5kg and 5kg packs in both white and ivory. The 5kg box contains 2 x 2.5kg sealed packs for convenience.
MASSA TICINO SUGARPASTE
Cake Stuff are one of very few UK cake supplies retailers to stock both types of 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 - many customers claim that Massa Ticino 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.
RENSHAW PROFESSIONAL READY-TO-ROLL / aka REGALICE
Cake Stuff have always recommended Professional Ready To Roll Icing / 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 Ready To Roll / 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 Ready To Roll / 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, plus some colours also available in 2½kg and 5kg packs. Renshaw Professional Ready To Roll Icing 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 re-branded Regalice as Professional Decor-Ice Ready To Roll Icing.
Renshaw have discontinued 5kg and 10kg trade blocks and are now supplying all bulk Professional Ready To Roll Icing 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.
We feel that the change of name to Professional Ready To Roll Icing 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 Professional Ready To Roll Icing / Regalice as we all know it. We 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 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. Covering Paste is a softer icing designed for sheeting and for busier cake makers who need to cover lots of cakes quickly and with minimal preparation.
Not as dry or firm to work with as Professional Decor-Ice Ready To Roll Icing, Covering Paste is available in 2.5kg and 5kg trade packs - each 5kg box of Renshaws' Covering Paste sugarpaste contains 2 x 2.5kg sealed 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 or K&B Sugarpaste we would highly recommend this product as an extremely similar and well-priced alternative.
RENSHAW PREMIUM COVER PASTE
Premium Cover Paste sits somewhere in between Covering Paste and Professional Ready To Roll Icing / Regalice. Renshaw Premium Cover Paste is ideal for deeper, larger or taller cakes and won't stretch as much as Covering Paste so there is less chance of tearing. Premium Cover Paste contains Xanthan gum which some customers prefer to avoid but has good covering and handling properties - firmer than Covering Paste but softer than Professional Decor-Ice Ready To Roll Icing.
Renshaw's new 'Extra' takes us one step up from Premium Cover Paste and has been developed for taller, deeper cakes where its elastic qualities really come in to their own. Extra firm and extra elastic, Renshaw Extra is a premium sugarpaste that can compete with Couture and Massa Ticino. Renshaw Extra is available in white only, in 5kg boxes - each 5kg box of Renshaw's Extra contains 2 x 2.5kg sealed packs
Cake Stuff also recommend Flemings Covapaste - another top quality trade sugar paste fondant icing available in white and ivory, with good covering properties and a lovely, 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.
Cake Stuff also stock Satinice - the rolled fondant sugar paste icing made famous 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 good covering properties due to the inclusion of gums in the recipe. Available in white (vanilla) and ivory with more colours sometimes available in 1kg pots. 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 wait 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!
SARACINO 'PASTA TOP' SUGAR PASTE
Developed in Italy by Saracino, Pasta Top is a luxury quality sugarpaste icing that works extremely well in warmer, humid conditions - much like Massa Ticino Tropic. Pasta Top has excellent elastic handling and covering properties and is available in white and comes in a 5kg plastic pail.
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 (being discontinued), brilliant white and ivory in 5kg plastic pails.
KAREN DAVIES SUGARPASTE
Sugarcraft legend Karen Davies has developed a sugar paste specifically for use with her own excellent range of moulds. Available in 1kg packs of white in either delicious Marshmallow or Vanilla flavours.
M&B of London have been making luxury quality sugarpaste icing for over 30 years. The 'old M&B had a reputation for being quite soft and sticky but the new reformulated M&B sugarpaste is much better, offering a fantastic range of colours in 250g retail packs.