How much sugar paste do I need to cover a cake

Whether you are an experienced cake decorator or you are just starting out on your first ever cake project, you need to know how much icing you will need to cover your cake.

This is a question we are often asked when working in the shop at Pashley’s Cake Emporium. Whether you are an experienced cake decorator or you are just starting out on your first ever cake project, you need to know how much icing you will need to cover your cake.

Everyone one works in a different way, but here is a guide to how much sugarpaste (also known as ready to roll icing or rolled fondant) we would use at Pashley’s Cake Emporium.

6” round (15.24 cm) 5” square (12.7 cm) 500g

7” round (17.78 cm ) 6” square (15.24 cm) 600g

8” round (20.32 cm) 7” square (17.78 cm) 800g

9” round (22.86 cm) 8” square (20.32cm) 1kg

10” round (25.4 cm) 9” square (22.86 cm) 1kg 250g

11” round (27.94 cm) 10” square (25.4 cm) 1kg 500g

12” round (30.48 cm) 11” square (27.94 cm) 1kg 750g

13” round (33.02 cm) 12” square (30.48 cm) 2kg

  • Knead the sugar paste until soft and pliable
  • Use a little cornflour, rather than icing sugar, to prevent sticking as you are kneading and rolling.
  • To help you roll out your icing evenly, you can use “spacers”
  • Covering your cake board in sugar paste gives that professional touch
  • Use a 15mm ribbon to edge the board to complete your work of art
  • You could experiment by colouring the sugar paste, but only use colour paste, as a liquid would just leave you with a sticky mess! Paste colour is highly concentrated and so use only a tiny amount on the tip of a cocktail stick until you reach your desired colour
  • At Confection Perfection we stock ready coloured sugar paste, or you can choose to colour your own from our large range of paste colours, enabling you to create your own rainbow!

Happy Icing!

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