What is Sugar Paste?

Thursday 17th March 2016

What is sugar paste icing?

Sugar paste is also known as fondant icing and ready to roll icing – in our case Renshaw Ready To Roll Fondant Icing. Sugar paste is a sweet tasting, soft, malleable icing which is easy to roll out – it has a lovely consistency, which is rather like Play-Doh. Perfect for covering and decorating a plethora of cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Sugar paste is a cake maker’s best friend.

Sugar paste gives a smooth, polished finish which makes cakes, cupcakes and cookies look ‘professionally done’, which makes it a perfect choice for covering and decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies. It also photographs very well. Sugar paste can be used with cutters and moulds, which opens up a whole world of creative possibilities. Sugar paste is also the go to icing for hand modelling characters and cake toppers, thanks to its pliability. Renshaw Ready To Roll Fondant Icing comes in an amazing array of colours – from the subtle to the spectacular, so you can be confident of finding the perfect shade for your project.

Using sugar paste

Renshaw Ready to Roll Fondant Icing is the easiest type of sugar paste to use as it comes ready to go. You simply prepare it by kneading on a dry work surface. Dust your work area with a light coating of icing sugar, then use your rolling pin to roll out the icing, using firm, even pressure and you’re ready to go. Our sugar paste recipe means that when you cover a cake it will remain soft on the underside but will firm up on top, creating the ideal base for decorating – we recommend a thickness of 3 to 4mm. If you’re modelling you can get started as soon as you open the pack – it’s instantly workable so there’s no time for hardening.

Sugar paste for covering, decorating and modelling

Covering cakes

Sugar paste is the most popular icing for covering whole cakes. It gives a lovely smooth finish as shown with this regal looking Jewel Cake.

Using with cutters

Cookie cutters are put to good use with sugar paste icing – how brilliant do these Summer Ice Cream Biscuits look?

Hand modelling

Sugar Paste is the ideal choice for hand modelling. Start simple with a project like our Black Cat Cake Topper and then move to more complicated designs.

Storing sugar paste

Organised bakers love that sugar paste allows them to make decorations in advance and keep them for when needed. Stored properly, sugar paste decorations and creations remain as crisp, colourful and tasty as when created. You should let your sugar paste decorations dry completely before you store them in a plastic container with lid, in a cool, dry place. If you’ve created anything particularly delicate, flowers for example, pad your container which some tissue paper or foam.

Opened packs of sugar paste also need to be stored properly, so the icing remains in perfect, workable condition for the next time you need it. Wrap your excess sugar paste in cling film, or place inside an airtight container, to prevent drying out, and then store in a cool, dry place. You shouldn’t refrigerate or freeze sugar paste.

View our huge colour palette of Ready to Roll Fondant Icing colours here.