How much Sugarpaste do I need?
Thursday, 23 April 2015 | andrew@thevanillavalley
At the Vanilla Valley, we sell a lot of sugarpaste! Now whether you call it sugarpaste, icing or fondant we all need to know how much of it to buy to cover our cakes. There are of course a number of ways to apply it using a variety of techniques but we thought we would attempt to build a little guide that would give our customers something to follow.
A lot depends on how thick you roll out your icing to begin with but we find that a thickness of around 5mm tends to work best. This allows the fondant to be worked without the danger of splits and cracks. When working with marzipan, it can be helpful to leave it a little bit thicker before applying it to your cake. Our guide is based on covering a cake depth of 3 inches so if you intend to go slightly thicker then make sure to increase the amount of icing accordingly.
The guide below should help friends of The Vanilla Valley make an informed decision with buying ready to roll fondant icing from us. We don’t have a preference with brand and have found that Renshaw, Culpitt, PME and Cake Craft icing are all very similar in terms of quantity needed. Personal preference will determine which brand of sugarpaste best suits your needs.
One final tip – if you are making a cake that is a different shape from the traditional round and square ones, then our guide can still be of some help. Simply measure the shape at its widest point and follow the guide for a round cake of that size. We hope our guide is of some help and we would love to have your feedback. Our cake decorators are some of the best in the UK and we value their opinion!