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Ready to roll icing: 7 common mistakes

When rolling out ready to roll icing or also known as sugar paste, or fondant too. These are the most common errors we encounter when we talk with people. So here are our 7 top hints and tips

  1. Measure you cake or know the size of your cake. This gives you a guide to know how ready to icing you need. Remember if the cake has more depth then add another 200g of icing to the calculation per inch or 2.5 cm of cake depth – see our cake covering quantity guide. There are also measuring mats to help with sizing which are worthwhile investing in for ease and less mess
  2. Equipment – have a good rolling pin, dusting sieve for extra icing sugar, sharp knife or two; if carving and levelling is required. Cake levellers can be used but as an alternative large serrated knife is good usually. A cake smoother to use once the icing is on the cake
  3. Time and patience. Don’t try to hurry rolling out, preparation and then covering the cake especially if it if the first time
  4. Preparation of cake. Level the cake by carving off areas that cause the cake to give wonky appearance. Usually the side of the cake that is normally the underside can be inverted and used as the top. Some levelling of the original side might be needed especially if it has a dome appearance. Use a buttercream to coat the outside if it is a sponge, or cover with marzipan for a fruit cake. If you don’t like marzipan then a thinner layer of icing can be used as a base, and the another layer applied as normal over the top
  5. Rolling the icing too thin – this can cause tearing and patches of may give an uneven appearance
  6. Rolling icing too thick – as above it can equally tear, as when it is too thin and crack
  7. Quarter-turn and roll technique – use this pattern when rolling out, and get use to rolling across the whole section rather than starting in the middle section rolling out from there etc. So roll from the bottom section upwards, quarter-turn (use a small amount of icing sugar if needs be) and roll again. Repeat this action until you have the approximate sizing (or as mentioned a sizing mat helps)

Lauren Milligan – Sweet Inspiration

Ready to roll icing: 7 common mistakes

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