I make quite a few celebration cakes most of which I cover in fondant roll out icing. There are so many brands available but one that I purchase fairly frequently is the Dr Oetkor ready to roll regal ice icing. This can be purchased in most large supermarkets in boxes of 500g or 1kg. My last purchase was off a 1kg box from Tesco where it was priced at just £2.18.
The icing comes packaged in a sealed foil wrapper inside a cardboard box for freshness. On the box you can find all the product information including nutritional information, ingredients listings and directions for use. There is a guide on the box which gives you an idea of how much of the icing to use for which sized cake. It also states that the icing is suitable for vegetarians.
To use the icing you simply need to remove it from the packet just before it is needed as once it is open it dries out quickly. You then need to knead the icing to make it soft and pliable before rolling out on a dusted surface, I use corn flour as find this doesn’t have as much of a drying effect as icing sugar. I also dust my rolling pin a little too to prevent it from sticking. Once rolled out to the desired thickness and size you can place it over your cake and smooth into place with your hands or fondant smoothers.
I do find that I need to make sure this icing is kneaded well before rolling out to prevent it from cracking and appear to look dry known as ‘elephant skin’ in the cake decorating world when placed on the cake. The trick is to work quickly and I have had great results with this icing giving a nice even and smooth finish to my cakes. It also tastes good and is not overly sweet or sickly.
It is also easy to model with and if a little tylose powder is added models dry quickly and set into place well.
The only negative I find with this icing is that it does not colour well, even with gel colours it tends to make the icing tear more easily and be more prone to cracking so I will only use it when requiring white icing.
This icing can be stored and kept for quite a long time but you need to ensure that you wrap it up well in cling film and in an air tight container as it dries out quickly.
Overall this is a good average fondant which if prepared well can cover a cake with a great finish and tastes good. It is also great value but if you are wanting a flawless finish every time I would recommend a professional fondant icing but this is great for a hobby baker or occasional use. 3 stars for me.
Dr Oetkor Ready to Roll icing can help you make a stunning cake very quickly and easily.
I've been using this for several years now on Birthday, Christening and various celebration cakes and the results have always been great.
The icing comes in a cardboard box. You can buy 250g, 454g or 1kg packs. Unless I'm doing a particularly large cake I always buy the 454g pack, which contains enough icing to completely cover a 7 to 8 inch cake (top and sides).
The outer cardboard box is mainly cream in colour with a picture of an iced cake on it and the Dr Oetker label. One side of the pack has a handy coverage guide, so you have a good idea how much icing will be required depending on the size of cake you plan to cover. The other side of the packet has the ingredients, nutritional information and storage information.
The product is suitable for vegetarians and is Kosher (If you're interested!)
The icing contains 386 calories per 100g and 3.2g of fat.
Once you open the cardboard box there is a foil packet inside, which has to be teared open and is not resealable. If you don't use all the icing in one go then it can be stored in a cool dry place (not the fridge) as long as it is wrapped in polythene. However, I find that even when wrapped up well it dries out fairly quickly and needs to be used within a couple of weeks.
When you take it out of the packet it is quite hard and needs a little bit of kneading to become pliable. It rolls well and will give a perfect finish to your cake.
I've also used the left over bits of icing for modelling and made teddy bears, people, flowers and ladybirds all very successfully.
You can buy this icing in colours other than white, but it is possible to colour it yourself with food colouring, however it does take a lot of kneading to lose the streaky marbelling effect and ensure the colour is the same all the way through. If you're patient (and your arms don't tire easily) then this won't be a problem!
The price of this produt varies. I often find it's on sale in Home and Bargain for around 79p for a 454g pack, so I stock up when I see it. In the supermarkets it's closer to £1.70.
A great product that will give your cakes a professional finish.
Since I have been out of work I have taken to doing alot of baking. I made my daughters 1st birthday cake which made me very proud, It was the first time that I had every made a big cake and was in the shape of a number 1. I did have some help from a woman that owned my local cake making shop who told me the best icing to use and a short explanation on how to ice the cake.
Recently my sister came to ask me to help her make a cake for her friends birthday. When she came she had bought the dr oetker ready to roll regailce icing. This is usually used for wedding cakes in my opinion. It is white iceing tha comes in a big block this should cover a 7 inch 18 cm cake top and sides in the 454g box. This was plenty for what we were making. I use alot of dr oetker products when I am baking so I trust this product. I have never made my own icing and think that the ready roll is brilliant for the amature bakers like me.
The box is not that appealing it is cream with the dr oetker label on the box. It shows a picture of a perfectly iced white cake on the front that mine never looks like when it is finished, it does state on the top that it has no artificial colours, no artificial flavours, no artificial sweetneners, no artificial preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians. It has a use by date of a year which is good because it can be kept for the birthdays that are due if you buy too many packs. On the back of the pack it gives you hints and tips which states how much cake can be covered with it and that it is suitable to be modeled and coloured by using food colouring. Also if you want to achieve a smooth surface then use the flat of your hand or a smoother.
The instructions are easy to understand and you must use icing sugar to ensure that it doesnt stick to the surface that you are rolling it on. I would also recommend that you use icing sugar on the rolling pin too and I have had to use alot of icing sugar on the suface to stop it from sticking. If you are using marzipan then you need a thicker layer of iceing and if you are putting it directly onto a cake you can roll it thinner. I never use marzipan so my icing streaches that little further. It also states that you should moisten the suface that you are putting the icing on to stop it from slipping. I have had to do that because when it comes to icing the cake it does slip everywhere. It also states to smooth the icing down using the palm of you hand in the direction that it states. This is easy to do and you need very little water to do this to make it smooth. I must get some practice doing this because my still doesnt look very smooth or neat when I have done this and use designer icing to cover the parts tha look a mess. On the box it also states that you can visit the website that will give you some recipie ideas.
The tase is lovely and really makes your cake taste as if a shop has made it. It is easy to roll and decorate your cakes with a little practice. It can be shaped into anything that you want to design you cake if you can design alot better than me that is which wouldn't be hard. It is easy to colour and soften in your hands. I have found that I need a box of icing sugar when rolling this out and that it is not as easy as it seems to Ice a cake but with practice this becomes easier for all to achive.
I think that this is easy for anyone who wants to experiment in making nice cakes for people, but by the time you have bought all the ingrediants then you may as well by a cake because of how much it costs, it is just that it is original when you are making it yourself and you will find some joy out of making something yourself.
This is just under £2 to buy and can be found in most supermarkets and sometimes in your local shop. It covers well and is worth the money if you do it right first time.
I got this to use for my wife's 40th cake. Now I am not a cake decorator so I was looking for something easy to use as the cake I want was priced at at least £75 from a local bakers. I'm not mean, but please.
The icing is about £1.20 to £1.60 depending on where you go and it is exactly as per the box. It's a block of icing that you can colour with dyes and roll or shape like play dough. If you make a mess you can remold, like play dough.
I was using this with dye and it is very easy to get an even colour with a little light kneading. Remember to buy icing sugar to avoid the icing getting sticky and to make it easier to work with. It is easy to cut and any left overs can be remoulded and reused.
It tastes as you would expect, a sweet flavour with no real after taste.
All in it is a product that is easy to use and even an amateur baker like myself found it easy to use. You can probably roll it out and ice a whole cake with it but Dr Oetker does a ready rolled circle that is much easier and quicker.
To stick icing on top of icing mix up a little icing sugar and water to a thick paste and dab a blob on the back, or just apply a little pressure.
All in, cheap , easy hastle free icing.
I still like to make my own Christmas cake and at the moment it is sitting in a tin being gently spoon fed with brandy. Up until a couple of years ago I always used to ice my cake with Royal icing, though it looks authentic making that icing is a little bit tedious to say the least.
I borrowed a couple of books on sugar craft from our local library and from then on things changed and last year I used ready to roll icing and I made some decorations from Regalice to sit on the top of it.
Dr Oetker have a massive range of baking products, in fact this morning I have just bought myself a couple of packets of Dr Oetker cake cases, the Other Half loves his fairy buns.
The ready to roll Regalice is so easy to use but it does still take time and patience to do the job properly, so I wait until I have an afternoon to spare.
The Dr Oetker Regalice comes in three different sized packets, 250g, 454g and 1kg.
A medium sized block of Regalice goes a very long way, I am none too keen on thick layers of icing, I find it always makes the cake very sweet and sickly.
Inside of the packet the block of Regalice is wrapped in a coat of foil to keep it fresh and moist. When you open the packet for the first time you may notice that the block of icing has formed a slight crust but as you begin to handle the icing that crust soon blends into the block.
Before you begin to roll out the Regalice you need to make sure that your work surface is spotlessly clean, the bright white icing soon picks up marks and it stains quite easily.
I put a good layer of icing sugar onto my work surface before I put the block of Regalice down to roll, I also coat the surface of the rolling pin with icing sugar too, this prevents it sticking to both surfaces.
The block of Regalice starts to warm up quite quickly and you really don't want it to get too warm or it is hard to work with. So try to handle the rolled out Regalice as little as possible.
Now, Dr Oetker didn't only make his Regalice to put onto the top of Christmas cakes, you can put it onto any cake that you want to, you can make Fairy buns look really special !
Although I hate a thick layer of icing you have to make sure that the icing is thick enough to lift when you have rolled it, even if you have used cutters to make flowers and leaves then you will still need to lift them off of the work surface without them splitting.
The white icing is really smooth and when it has been rolled it develops a slight sheen which looks pretty.
If you use the Regalice you will be able to make your own personal cake decorations, the Regalice is very pliable and it will stay in shape. As far as cake decorations go then the sky is the limit really.
You can buy coloured ready to roll Regalice, the one box contains four separate blocks of icing that are in red, yellow, green and black. If you were going to ice a children's birthday cake then the coloured icing would be ideal for the job.
I must tell you that I only buy the white ready to roll Regalice and if I want any specific colour then I will break off a small ball of white icing and add some food colouring to it until I have the shade that I want.
The Dr Oetker Regalice is easy to work with and once you have used it a couple of times you will have it off pat. Because it is so easy to mould there is no end to the amount of shapes that you can make with it. Once you have used the Regalice you do need to give the work surface a really good wash over to get rid of the sweet sticky feeling but that is about the extent of the mess.
Dr Oetker Regalice is one product that the kids could use to ice biscuits or cakes and they would be in their element !
100g of Regalice contains386 calories.
You can also buy Ivory coloured Regalice and you can also buy ready rolled white Regalice. I have never tried the ready rolled version I have only ever bought the ready to roll blocks.
No allergens are listed for this product and it is sutiable for vegetarians and Kosher.
A meduim sized block of icing will cost you about the £2.50 mark.