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post #2656 of 5042
I got some M&B in deep red for the wedding cupcakes I used and it smelt horrid!! And didn't taste great either!
I used the renshaw black for my minnie mouse (which doesn't seem to be very popular on here) and the penguins on my winter wonderland cake and didn't have a problem with it.

What does everyone pay for their fondant and where do you get it from?
post #2657 of 5042
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Originally Posted by melonball

I got some M&B in deep red for the wedding cupcakes I used and it smelt horrid!! And didn't taste great either!
I used the renshaw black for my minnie mouse (which doesn't seem to be very popular on here) and the penguins on my winter wonderland cake and didn't have a problem with it.


What does everyone pay for their fondant and where do you get it from?


Local shop does me regal ice for 3.5o a kilo, she charges more generally but does me it cheaper as she knows me. If,its a kids cake I generally use the dr oetker one as morrisons did have it for 2.29 kilo so big difference.
Just ordered 5k covapaste from sugar shack which was £15 and free pap, regal ice is £18 from them x

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post #2658 of 5042
I generally buy Renshaw Regalice for around £8.50 for 2.5kg but may look to buy online as this is from a cake store so quite pricey. I believe cakestuff.com is one of the cheapest for regalice/covapaste!

Haven't tried any others as I get on fine with Renshaws, did try making my own MMF but found it went crumbly very quickly before I'd finished working with it so I haven't tried again. Coward! ha ha!
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post #2659 of 5042
I pay £12-15 for covapaste 5kg and paid £31 today for 10kg of renshaws regalice icon_smile.gif
I do like the smell of covapaste have to say. M&B love the colours and because they are strong colours but does smell weird to me - like play doh perhaps lol?
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post #2660 of 5042
I paid about £48 for 7kg of Massa Ticino tropic. The quality of it justifies the price and because you can roll it out so thin, it goes further. I only use it for covering, any fondant details i use regalice. You get it from town and county fine foods (just google it). Next cake I'm going to try 50/50 Massa with regalice.

If you look in my pics, the last 3 cakes (golf, winter wonderland and peppa pig) I did I used the Massa Ticino, IMO you can really tell the difference in the covering of the cake.
post #2661 of 5042
Thank you so much for all your replies, I think I might look online now and maybe try some other options. Quite interesting about the asda stuff too, there isn't a store nearby but next time I'm near one I'll make sure to get some to try out. I've tried Sainsburys own brand and wasn't keen though, hopefully the new tescos stuff will be better (if they've changed it and not just the packaging).
post #2662 of 5042
Hello!

Been reading some of the posts here. To answer some questions:

Fondant: Regalice is best for covering cakes because they are more stable. However, I've recently tried Covapaste and I LOVE IT! Officially switching to this one now! It is much better when cover large cakes. I still buy regalice though if I need coloured fondants. For emergencies, I use Dr Oetker's (not sure about spelling) fondant, it's good enough. I heard Asda's fondant is quite good too but I haven't tried it myself.

The Mat - if you can covering large cakes on a regular basis, I highly recommend this one. A bit expensive but totally worth the money!

Wonky Cake tins - I came across these (search for "Topsy Turvy / Wonky Square Cake tins 4 Tiers" in ebay) cake tins while searching. I was wondering if anybody has bought/ tried them? Thinking of buying one. I like the convenience of this but I am worried it might not work. I'm guessing baking cakes in these will take forever because it is so deep. Also worried of uneven baking or worse burning parts of the cake.

Hope you can help!

Thanks!
post #2663 of 5042
I was at sainsburys yesterday & noticed they now sell Mich Turner ready to roll icing, in a black box, made by silver spoon, its about £3.50 normally (1k) but was on offer for i think around £2.60. I didnt buy as have just bought lots of covapaste, but wondered if anyone has tried it, it is suppose to be madagascan vanilla flavour!

Onto the covapaste, tried it last night, loved it, very stretchy compared to regalice, can be rolled very thinly, covered really nicely, but a very dull finish, I find regalice very shiny in comparison.

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Hi everyone, just a quick quesion, do you any of you know how to upload a step by step to the article section please? I tried to find and couldn't find anything. icon_sad.gif
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Hi everyone, just a quick quesion, do you any of you know how to upload a step by step to the article section please? I tried to find and couldn't find anything. icon_sad.gif



Hi Bashini,

try getting in touch with the moderator? I'm sure they can help. If not, try getting in touch directly with the people who created articles in the past.

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post #2666 of 5042
Hi all, ladies I have a huge ask but this one is going to give me sleepless nights if I don't get some input soon icon_smile.gif I've been asked to quote on a cake. i'm finding it really difficult to see all the detail on this cake. To me it looks like hydrangea blossoms?? with butterflies? or are the butterflies just on wires? I've posted a photo in my gallery = its the all white wedding cake. However, here comes the crunch as well, they want a quote for this cake in 7 tiers!! Only to serve 160 people though in red velvet so naturally I suggested dummy tiers starting from a 16" round. What honestly would you say a price for this kind of cake would be. A figure jumped in my head but it's hard to really see the decoration really well. Any help on what the deco is and also a rough idea on what you'd price would be so helpful and thank you! icon_smile.gif
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post #2667 of 5042
Hi allabout, what a great opportunity you've got. But its going to be an expencive one even though you use styrofoam. My price guide would be between £800-£900 with all the decorations.

I am sure you know how to make the Hydrangeas, but here is a great tutorial if you like to have a look,

http://petalsweet.blogspot.com/2010/01/hydrangea-tutorial-part-one-by.html

And for the butterflies, I would use the Patchwork cutter's butterflies and let them dry completely and stick them on the cake. If you want some of them to go on the flowers, I would wire them.

Here is how you can do them.

http://sugarteachers.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-make-sugarpaste-butterfly.html

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post #2668 of 5042
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Originally Posted by bashini

Hi everyone, just a quick quesion, do you any of you know how to upload a step by step to the article section please? I tried to find and couldn't find anything. icon_sad.gif



Hi Bashini,

try getting in touch with the moderator? I'm sure they can help. If not, try getting in touch directly with the people who created articles in the past.

HTH



Thanks TMT for your reply. I have PMed a moderator but still no answer. Will see how it goes. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #2669 of 5042
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Originally Posted by bashini

Hi allabout, what a great opportunity you've got. But its going to be an expencive one even though you use styrofoam. My price guide would be between £800-£900 with all the decorations.

I am sure you know how to make the Hydrangeas, but here is a great tutorial if you like to have a look,

http://petalsweet.blogspot.com/2010/01/hydrangea-tutorial-part-one-by.html

And for the butterflies, I would use the 's butterflies and let them dry completely and stick them on the cake. If you want some of them to go on the flowers, I would wire them.

Here is how you can do them.

http://sugarteachers.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-make-sugarpaste-butterfly.html

HTH. icon_biggrin.gif



Hi Bashini thanks so much for your advice. I know it looks a seriously big deal doesn't it. A great challenge even with dummies as you say! I had a NIGHTMARE with hydrangeas a while back. they just didn't want to stay around the small centre just kept flopping not good at all. then they just broke as didn't seem to have enough to hold around. I have the jem cutters for them the plastic ones. thanks for the butterfly ideas too. I had kinda in mind just over the £1k so you're pretty close too. was just thinking how many of them flowers am i going to need to make to cover all the tiers - esp a base of 16"!!! late nights icon_smile.gificon_eek.gif

p.s. sorry i don't know how to do the uploads either, i was struggling the other day with pictures it just didn't seem to like me!
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post #2670 of 5042
Hi all you UK bakers,I haven't posted for a while but have been following the thread.

Well done to everyone in the show!!! I couldn't go as it was the weekend of my daughter's wedding and the first time I made a proper wedding cake. It all went really well and since then i have made a three tier baby shower cake and a huge engagement cake so I have been busy caking.

I am now also set up as a business too and registered with the la.

Anyway I wanted to just add to the discussion on sugar paste, I use Sweet Silk from Sweet Success, it is really good and gives a smooth finish and is also good for modeling. I ordered a sample pack of some others and used them all to cover some mini cakes and the sweet silk came out tops on taste, ease of use and looks.

happy caking everyone
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