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post #16 of 59

I'm talking baker's shops. To make good royal iced cakes, such as wedding cakes e.g. Wills and Kate's wedding cake, it takes a lot of study, practice and patience. It is a real art and very time consuming, if done properly, as there are many stages to go through over a period of time. Fondant icing can be done in one hit and takes very little time. Stick on some pre made decorations and a bit of simple piping and it's done. Add to this the word "FASHION" and it takes off. Hence more cakes for the same amount of time, resulting in more money coming in. Consequences? the almost death of a great art. So few baker's shops nowadays have anyone trained or capable of doing such cakes because it takes so long to learn and master. I am making a royal iced 4 tiered cake for my Grandson's wedding this weekend and if I could find a shop capable of doing it, it would cost around £1000.00. Fondant icing is no match to it, you just can't achieve that superior finish with it and it tastes nasty.

post #17 of 59

 I agree that Royal Icing finishes are seldom seen anymore even with a resurgence of some beautiful piping techniques.  I respect your choice and commitment to RI - this is good for everyone in the industry but I do not agree with your assessment of fondant.  It takes time to learn properly and the decorations can take longer than making the cake.  Although the taste of many fondants is awful, not all are.  I never have found a RI that I found delicious.  I only have simple recipes.

Congratulations to your Grandson and would love to see pictures of your cake :)

 

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post #18 of 59

Thank you. I understand that ornaments are time consuming with fondant and that there are many different ones. Here in the UK we haven't got many to choose from. I've recently found the Satinice gum paste which is much better than the normal modeling paste that you buy here but mainly, in normal local shops, it's Renshaw or nothing. I can make my own but use it so rarely it's not worth it. I do use it on kids' birthday cakes as they seem to love it but I can't even stand the feel of it in my mouth. Here the fruit cake used for wedding cakes is very rich and almost black in colour. It's also very potent, alcohol wise and coupled with the marzipan topped with royal icing the over all taste is delicious. Royal icing with glycerine in it and peppermint flavouring makes great mint creams, not forgetting rose petal and violet, which can also be used to flavor the edible flowers made with royal icing. We don't even have to mix it here now as you can buy royal icing sugar, basically what you call confectioners sugar with powdered albumin already in it, in packs. All you have to do is add the water and beat it up and then put your glycerine in. There's no chance of salmonella with powdered albumin. I will have a go at posting the wedding cake when it's finished but I am a horrific technophobe and haven't a clue how to do it. I'm also about to have my p.c. man in to change everything over to my new laptop, printer and modem, the thought of which is giving me the hebejeebies. The cake is another take on the Wilton one that has been on here before. The bride picked it out but it is being personalized to her dress and taste and of course done with royal icing.

Thank you for your good wishes

Sandra

post #19 of 59

Sandra,  Thank you for the flavoring tips.  I still mix my RI by hand.  My first introduction was the Eddie Spence book and have just done it his way. I'm not good but have done some string work. I believe Wilton also makes a RI mix - just add water.

 

I'm not much of a tech head either but if I can do you can too - lol 

 

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post #20 of 59

Don't you believe it, I'm close to another heart attack just thinking about learning how to use the new lot. I've had printer/scanners for 5 years and still don't know how to scan, I always think I'm going to mess up and lose it all. Have a look for Mary Ford books, you can find them on ebay. Every step of the decorating on each cake is shown in coloured pictures and she gives quantities, recipes etc in the front of the book, even telling you how many times more of the recipe you need for a bigger cake. They are great books for beginners. As far as mixing the icing I usually always do it by hand but because of the quantity I thought I'd do the first batch with my Kenwood. Never again, I've had a nightmare getting the air bubbles out. I'm doing the 2nd batch now with my trusty old wooden spoon and giving my old arms and shoulders a rest writing back to you. Normally it would've all been finished by now but she's having the 2 middle tiers made of Victoria sponge and chocolate respectively for those that don't like fruit cake. Still with the marzipan and icing though, but you can't do them until the last minute as they don't keep indefinitely like the rich fruit cake.

Give the books a look I'm sure you'll become an expert in no time.

Sandra 

post #21 of 59
Prince William and Catherine's wedding cake was covered in marzipan and sugarpaste. It wasn't royal iced (except for the piping). I know because I was very surprised, and disappointed, when I inspected the photos and then subsequently read an interview with Fiona Cairns saying it was sugarpaste. I also think a royal iced fruit cake tastes far superior to a sugarpaste-covered one.
105sruss - have you tried Covapaste fondant? Taste-wise it's the best premade one I have found available in the UK.
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post #22 of 59
That's odd because when she was interviewed on television and asked that question she replied "Royal Icing of course". I've never heard of Covapaste. I live in a sleepy old village called Herne and although we do have cake decorating shops in the surrounding areas I haven't come across that one. I think if I could get to the West End of London I'd probably find lots but that's out of the question for me? Are you in the UK then? I thought I was talking to someone in America lol.
post #23 of 59

You see what a techno idiot I am I hadn't even realized I was talking to a different person. I used to know Westcliffe really well but haven't been there for about 30  years. I lived in Es*** for 23 years. I hope that Jeanne is still on line, I'll bet she's having a real chuckle at me lol.

post #24 of 59
icon_smile.gif Yes, I think I must have read the interview with her in The Metro (so maybe not the most reliable publication!) but if you look closely at the cake tiers in the photos you can see unevenness in the covering that you just wouldn't get with royal icing. I'll see if I can find a picture and post it up. I've only lived in Westcliff about five years, but I love it here. I get my covapaste in bulk online and there are not many cake decorating shops near here. And the ones there are only stock Renshaws icon_sad.gif
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This is the best close-up I can find.
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post #26 of 59

I only saw it on television so didn't look that close. Next time I use sugar paste I'll give Covapaste a go. Thanks for the tip.

Cheers

Sandra

post #27 of 59

This Brit finds your opinion of fondant slightly offensive to be honest. 

 

Yes piping is an art that is slowly dying off, but that does not mean that creating works of edible art from other mediums is any less of a skill. 

 

Personally I chose to not have all fruit cake because I don't like it. I didn't want royal icing either but 12 years ago you couldn't have anything else on a wedding cake. 

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post #28 of 59
I just think royal icing tastes nicer on a fruit cake than sugarpaste. I use sugarpaste (and other coverings) for all my other flavours of cake. The reason I was disappointed about the royal wedding cake is it is tradition for royal wedding cakes to be royal iced. In fact that's where the name royal icing comes from.
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post #29 of 59
I think they gave up enough for tradition, I'm sure Kate didn't really want to have all the stuff that was on there but she did. I doubt it was all fruit cake either.
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Don't you believe it, I'm close to another heart attack just thinking about learning how to use the new lot. I've had printer/scanners for 5 years and still don't know how to scan, I always think I'm going to mess up and lose it all. Have a look for Mary Ford books, you can find them on ebay. Every step of the decorating on each cake is shown in coloured pictures and she gives quantities, recipes etc in the front of the book, even telling you how many times more of the recipe you need for a bigger cake. They are great books for beginners. As far as mixing the icing I usually always do it by hand but because of the quantity I thought I'd do the first batch with my Kenwood. Never again, I've had a nightmare getting the air bubbles out. I'm doing the 2nd batch now with my trusty old wooden spoon and giving my old arms and shoulders a rest writing back to you. Normally it would've all been finished by now but she's having the 2 middle tiers made of Victoria sponge and chocolate respectively for those that don't like fruit cake. Still with the marzipan and icing though, but you can't do them until the last minute as they don't keep indefinitely like the rich fruit cake.

Give the books a look I'm sure you'll become an expert in no time.

Sandra 

 

I will do that.  I know Mary Ford is an expert. I would be very happy to be able to make a pretty scroll.  My piping skills are terrible which is probably why I prefer string work.  It forces me to slow down and relax. For the record - I love fruit cake! 

  I know when my son comes home for a visit I make him show me things I don't understand on my phone & computer.  This approach might be something you can use in exchange for a beautiful wedding cake - LOL 

What is Victoria sponge?  Different than regular sponge cakes?

Hope to hear from you on your next break.  :smile:

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