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Silverspoon Icing sugar has been an essential in my cupboard for years! I am a professional cake maker so I always have a few kg in stock, and if you do any baking, have this in your house!
I can't fault the quality of silverspoon's icing sugar, which is lucky really as there are few alternatives when it comes to buying icing sugar. Silverspoon have created a consistently light and sweet powder that blends easily into butter, water or other ingredients as required to make delicious icings, better than any premade icings. I do wonder sometimes about the price, as Silverspoon seem to have a monopoly on the icing sugar market, but maybe that just me (always looking for a bargain).
This icing sugar can easily be whipped up into buttercream, fondant icing, royal icing or a quick water icing to cover and cakes, biccies or deserts you've made. (Recipes for all of these are easily found online). And I'm sure it's reassuring to know that many, many professional bakers use this brand.
I'd recommend always sieveing the icing sugar before use. This is especially useful if you plan to pipe with your icing (eg writing in royal icing), or if your icing sugar has been in the cupboard for a while. If any moisture gets into the pack, hard clumps of icing sugar can form, but these are easily sieved out
Warning: it's very easy to end up working in a cloud of sugar! Not a negative of this brand at all but I've lost count of times that I've tried to work too quickly with this product and have ended up covering myself, and the kitchen, in sugar!
Avoiding a powdery explosion;
- add the icing sugar to your mix in small quantities
- Mix own a slow speed
- cover your bowl with a clean tea towel while mixing
- sieve by pushing the sugar through the sieve with a spoon rather than shaking
Hope this helps. Enjoy your baking!
PS. Also interesting... Icing sugar has a REALLY long shelf life (years) so keep a pack in your house. Kids (& adults) love a bit of baking on a rainy afternoon.
I do quite a lot of baking and one item that you will always find in my baking cupboard is icing sugar. The brand I use the most as I find it the easiest to find in shops is Silver Spoon which is made by appointment to the Queen and is manufactured using British grown sugar.
I purchased my last box of Silver Spoon icing sugar from Tesco priced at £1.04 for 500g. I think this is the average price for this icing sugar and I can not remember ever seeing it on special offer.
Icing sugar is a really fine sugar which has the consistency of a light powder and is pure white in colour. It is perfect for using in icing and buttercreams as it mixes easily and dissolves quickly.
The icing sugar come packaged in a thick paper wrapper which is enclosed in a cardboard box. There are recipes on the back of the box for glacé icing and buttercream which are the most popular things to make with icing sugar. The box also details the usual product information including nutritional information and ingredients listings, it also states that it is suitable for vegetarians.
I tend to use this icing sugar to make buttercream the most as I use it for decorating cup cakes and for the filling for larger cakes. To make buttercream I use 75g of butter beaten until pale and smooth then beat in 175g of the icing sugar which makes a lovely smooth cream perfect for spreading or piping. You can also add in colouring or flavouring such as vanilla essence to give impressive decoration or more flavour. To make glacé icing you just simply need to mix in a tiny bit of water at a time to 125g of the icing sugar until you get the consistency you need, alternatively you can use lemon juice instead of water for more flavour this is especially good for icing lemon drizzle cakes.
This icing sugar can also be used to add a little sweetness or decoration to cakes too. For example you can dust a little of it over a Victoria sponge or use shape templates to create decorations by dusting the icing sugar over the shapes.
Overall I have always been very impressed with this icing sugar it is excellent quality and makes fantastic smooth icing. If stored in a cool dry place it will keep for ages and is so versatile. I would certainly recommend this icing sugar as a staple ingredient for any bakers cupboard.
I have been using this brand of icing sugar ever since I can remember, probably comes from watching my mom baking in her kitchen many years ago and seeing the Silver Spoon box on her worktop alongside the old fashioned crock mixing bowls and wooden spoons (non of the elaborate food processors you get nowadays.)
The icing is made by mixing with a little water, always put just a few drops in at a time, as you can always add more to make the mixture more runny, but if you've put too much water in and have no icing sugar left you've had it! Some people say they always sieve the icing sugar before mixing but I never have and have next experienced any lumps in it. The icing will set quite quickly so don't leave it for too long in the bowl before you pour or spoon it onto cakes or deserts.
The icing is in a paper packet inside the box and it does 'puff open' every time you use it and you tend to get a white cloud from the box which invariably spills onto the worktop and onto your clothes. I usually tip it into a plastic container with a sealed lid and this prevents it from happening. The only downside to this is that you don't know the use by date however this is usually at least 12 months from purchase, and to be honest it never lasts that long in our house anyway!
How much icing to use is down to the individuals taste, as it is very sweet and also not too good for dieters due to the high amount of calories. You can also use it to make butter cream, to sweeten cold drinks, yoghurt, fruit purees and sauces, and can also mix in a bit of food colouring to enhance the look of your food.
I last paid £1.09 for a 500g box from Tesco which was about a month ago, but you can also get it in larger sizes from other supermarkets. I have never used any other brands so have nothing to compare it to, but being a bit of a creature of habit and having never had any problems will continue to use this brand.
Baking is one of those age old activities which really brings people together, not to mention providing a great source of entertainment for those rainy days. Since starting uni last year, I have really taken up baking on a regular basis, and have even been offered money to make cakes for birthday parties, after friends saw my pictures of my creations. The thing I like to make most is fairy cakes, and when I have done so, what I will always top them with is Silver Spoon's icing sugar.
The boxes generally come in two sizes, either the 500g box, which retails for around 65p, or the larger 1kg box for £1.21. This product is available in most supermarkets, corner shops and general convenience stores.
This icing is suitable for both Glace Icing and Buttercream icing, of which I have made plenty of both before using Silver Spoon Icing. I will write my experiences of both here, and I will also include my fairy cake recipe at the end of my review!
Glace icing is the simple, thin layered icing which is created simply by adding water to the icing sugar in a mixing bowl, and carefully stirring together. Be careful when sieving the icing, otherwise you will look like Casper!
Glace icing is quite easy to do, and to spread over many cakes at a time. However, if you wish to top your cakes with sweets or chocolate, then be weary that glace icing does harden quite quickly, so you have to be swift in adding the sweets. Alternatively, I find a couple of drops of water on the top of the cake loosens up the icing for a short time in order to apply the sweet, or you can use a wet teaspoon. The only downside is, if you accidentally put too much water on, it can look a little messy once dried, or become too wet too apply the sweet to without it falling off!
Glace icing is also the easiest type of icing to add food colouring too, and you can even add multiple colours and only stir very slightly, in order to create multi coloured effects. It does depend what type of food colouring you use, as some are quite vibrant with just 1 or 2 drops, where as some brands you really have to add loads in order to get the colour you are after. For one colour, stir together well so it almost looks like a sauce and then apply to your cakes.
To make this type of icing, the method is slightly different, as it requires you to beat down the butter and then gradually add in the icing sugar, until you get the fluffy consistency. This is my preferred method of icing, as you can do so much more with it than glace icing, for example piping, (they sell piping kits with different attachments in Wilkinsons for about £1!). If you do get a kit, I find you can create really professional results so easily, including swirly icing effects, which on a cupcake just look amazing!
The only possible downside, is with the piping especially, it is very time consuming as you will only cover 1 or 2 cakes at a time, so if you are making them for a special occasion be weary of this. If your just having fun with the kids though, then I don't think they would mind as it is quite fascinating and you feel a bit Nigellerish when you are done!
The key to getting the buttercream icing just right, is down to the brand of butter you use. I personally don't like butter (although for some strange reason I love buttercream icing!), although for "research purposes", I have tried a few brands out, and I think the best one I have tried is Clover Butter. I would advise against "Stork Margarine" as the consistency was all runny and it just tasted of stalk! Also try to avoid sections of butter whereby someone has left toast crumbs in it! I shall find the purpotrator..
Once you have applied the icing, I find it is much more flexible in terms of adding sprinkles and sweets, as it doesn't harden up like glace icing. The icing is also much thicker, making it ideal for birthday cakes as you can literally cover the whole thing (and any mistakes with your sponge cake... think of it like polyfiller!). It is also very ideal for in between layers of cake, as well as the tops and sides.
I really struggle to fault Silverspoon Icing Sugar. It has provided me with endless hours of fun and experimentation, creating all sorts of cakes and even a birthday cake for my friend. It is very simple to do, contains instructions on the box and is even cheap to buy.. it's even fat free! Whenever I have used it, it has always tasted wonderful, especially with a freshly baked sponge underneath! It is for that reason I award this product with 5 Dooyoo stars!
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musicmad2020's Fairy Cake Recipe:
You will need: 100g's Self Raising Flour, Butter, Sugar. 2 eggs, Vanilla Essence, Silver Spoon Icing Sugar, cake toppings (if desired), Cake cases, Mixing Bowl, a fork and a spoon.
1. Add your flour and butter to the mixing bowl, and using a fork (or knife if it's easier), break down the butter into the flour so it looks as if your making some crazy Greek looking cheese. (This is me writing, not Delia Smith!).
2. Add your sugar, give the bowl a shake and add your 2 eggs (minus any shell, I find people don't tend to like it for some strange reason!).
3. Mix the whole thing together with a fork, beating it and mixing it through. It will look lumpy and strange at first, but within about a minute it will be thick and lump free.
4. Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract for that yummy kick, and give another stir.
5. Spoon into cases, and put in the oven at either gas mark 5 or 130 degrees for about 15 minutes, checking regularly as I'm a student I don't know much about oven timings it's usually a lucky guess!!
6. When done (stick a knife through and when it's clear you will know they are ready to come out), leave to cool.
7. Use one of the methods above to ice your cakes with, and VOILA!
I hope this recipe will provide you all with some yummy cakes!
Icing sugar is something which I always have in my cupboard, it always comes in handy when making cakes and the boys ask if they can have them decorated. The brand which buy is the Silver Spoon one as Tesco's have not yet branched out and produced their own brand of this.
The icing sugar comes in a cardboard box which is white and pink in colour. There is a picture of a spoon on the front which has the Silver Spoon logo in and below this is the product name. The back and the sides of the box have all of the relevant information about the icing sugar and directions for making. The top of the box has a cardboard tab which means the box can be re-sealed.
Inside the box is a thick paper packet which the icing sugar is inside, this is ideal as it means it is not loose in the box and the packet can be folded down after use to keep it fresh and stored safely.
~~USE AND RESULTS~~
It is very easy to use the icing sugar and there is also a method on the back of the box. The method is for glace icing which will cover a 7 inch cake.
Sift 4oz of icing sugar into a bowl and gradually add 1table spoon of warm water. The icing should be mixed until the it become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. More water can be added if needed but only 1 drop at a time. When thick enough spread over the top of the cake and decorate as desired.
This is the method I use but I have to say I never actually measure the powder and just pop a large amount into a glass bowl and then add the water until it is nice a thick. I really don't make mine too thick as I do like it to run down over the top of my fairy cakes so it covers the entire top. I do also add food colouring to my icing but you must remember that the water required will be less as the food colouring is a liquid and will make it very runny. If you do make it overly runny then you can just add a drop more of the powder to thicken it up.
You cant really go wrong when making the icing but I would say that if your powder is quick lumpy then it is best to sift it or if you don't have a sieve then you can crush the lumps with the back of a spoon. If you don't get rid of the lumps before adding the water then the icing will end up very lumpy and will not look nice when spread over a cake.
This is not the best icing if you require a very thick result which will allow you to roll it out and I would say for this then the ready made and ready to roll icing packets are much better.
The icing can be used to make butter cream and to do this you just add the icing powder to butter or margarine and keep adding the powder until the desired sweetness of the butter cream is got.
The icing will take about an hour to set if left at room temperature and once this is done it does taste very nice. It is not overly sweet unless flavours have been added to it. There is a slightly harder outing to the set icing and this tastes great if you eat t before it has fully set as the underneath icing is still soft and the contract is texture is lovely.
I would say that when making the icing you wear an apron as the powder does tend to be messy when pouring out and t does cover clothes if you are not careful.
The icing sugar comes in a pack size of 500g and this last for a good few months in my house.
The ingredients for those wishing to know are:-
Icing Sugar, Anti-caking agent: Tricalcium Phosphate (E341) The recipe may also contain traces of egg.
The nutritional values for a 100g serving of the icing are:-
Energy - 1700KJ - 400KCal
Protein - 0g
Carbohydrate - 99.4g
Fat - 0g
The icing sugar needs to be stored in a cool dry place and it is suitable for vegetarians. The box is also fully recyclable.
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I bought my icing sugar from Tesco and it was priced at 65p. I think this is good value as the box does last for ages. It is widely available in all supermarkets and good corner shops.
I do highly recommend this icing sugar as it is very simple to make, it taste great and it has a good price tag. Kids will love having fun decorating cakes with this and don't forget to put some sweets or decorations on top the icing before it sets!
I love spending quality time with my daughter and since the arrival of my son I've been very worried that she has felt pushed out. So at least one a week I try to make some fairy cakes for her to decorate and we can have some mother and daughter time. Its great fun getting in a huge mess with a very, shall we say artistic two year old.
My little princess loves putting on the sprinkles on to the cakes and there is nothing I would ever use to make sure these lovely colourful sprinkles stay on the cake than the well known branded silver spoon icing sugar.
The icing sugar can be very messy when you're trying to pour it out of the paper bag which is contained in a cardboard box, especially when your little one keeps knocking you.
I find the icing sugar can be slightly tricky to mix to the correct consistency, after using this nonstop for the last few years I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. They quote on the reverse of the packaging to sift 125grams of the icing sugar into a bowl and add in 15ml of warm water until the icing sugar is thick enough to coat the reverse of a spoon. I personal find this impossible and can never get a good enough thickness to the icing. Like anyone else would I add in a small amount of the icing sugar to find its way too thick so I added more water. You can see where I'm going with this, well no where to be honest, I was just going round in circles.
I found that it is easier to pour a nice lump of the icing into a bowl and they place it under the tap and gently tap the top of the tap to release a droplet. I just keep adding water drop by drop until I am happy with the consistency. Yes this is slightly tedious but it works better for me.
I found it takes quite a few tries until you finally get the knack to spreading the icing onto the cokes but I slowly getting there. My cakes really do look good enough to eat.
This icing sugar is a lovely pure white colour just like snow, but you can add in food colouring to really make your cakes look extra special. Once sprinkles have also been placed on top they really do look great and the icing sugar (once set) really does hold them really well.
The icing sugar takes around 10 minutes to set and then you are ready to go and eat your lovely sweet treats.
The great thing about silver spoon icing sugar is that it really does have a lovely sugary taste witch really does make you feel naughty.
Silver spoon icing sugar is excellent value for money. You can purchase them 2 sizes from our local Sainsbury's store. A 500gram box which is priced at only 54 pence (which is enough to cover about 100 cakes) And a 1k box which is priced at just over £1.
I tend to always keep a couple of boxes in as they have a long shelf life. My most recent box was purchased about 3 weeks ago and has a best before date of December 2012.
Also on the reverse of the packaging there is also the instruction on how to make butter cream using this icing sugar. I myself have no tried this yet but hopefully sometime soon we will try that.
Overall I think this is a get product to use to decorate your cakes I wouldn't use any other product. Although I've struggles many times with the consistency this is defiantly the product for me.
In our kitchen, there's always a packet of Silver Spoon Icing sugar, ready to be whipped out at a moment's notice if anybody decides to do some baking!
The Icing sugar comes in a cardboard box, and can be opened with the flaps located on top - like you would do with most cereal boxes.
The background of said box is a pristine white colour, and on the face there are delicate shades of pale pink - which make up an image of a farming field.
Also on the front of the box is the unmistakable Silver Spoon logo, which consists of a spoon in the colours of - quite contradictory - blue and white.
It seems that Silver Spoon are very proud of the fact that they use British produce.
For one, the words "homegrown sugar" are printed in a large font on the front, which you cannot help but noticing.
There is also a red, white and blue tractor image present, with a Union Jack flag in place of where the window should be.
I like silver Spoon all the more for this - it shows that they're doing their bit not only to help the British Economy, but they're also aiding to reduce their carbon footprint by, say, not importing their sugar from distant lands. Good for them.
*****The Product itself*****
The actual Icing sugar is a dry, white powdery substance.
Be careful when you first open the bag containing the product inside the cardboard box, as when squeezed too hard the finer powder will poof up and out, which once happened to me, right in my face!
The icing sugar emits an attractively sweet smell, and I was happy to discover that said smell is not hampered or weakened with the addition of water.
It's not recommended that you eat the Icing sugar dry straight out of the packet, but if you do, the powder will instantly dissolve on the tongue, leaving you with a sweet taste in your mouth!
The one main way in which Icing sugar is used in our house is to make actual Icing.
I've found that it's very simple to make Icing with Silver Spoon, just add a bit of water to the sugar and Bob's your uncle - they even give you instructions on the back of the pack, so you've no excuse to get it wrong!
Provided you've got your consistency right, it should be easy to simple spread it on to your baking, though make sure that you've mixed it all up good and proper after the addition of water - nobody likes to find lumps of icing sugar on their fairy cakes!
You can a 500g packet of it from your local Tesco for the price of 54p.
Before I start, I must admit that I am not the greatest cook in the world, in fact I am probably one of the worst, but when I have time I do enjoy to bake the odd cake, mainly for two reasons. The first reason for my occasional baking is the most obvious, I have an incredibly sweet tooth and love enjoying the fruits of my labour, the eating. Secondly has to be the cost aspect, its a much cheaper alternative to bake for yourself than buying from the local bakery or supermarket.
An important ingredient to most of my cakes is always icing sugar as I tend to cook a standard sponge with a butter icing layer in the middle and a lemon icing topping, probably because this is the absolute limits of my culinary ability. The icing sugar is required for the butter icing filling as well as the topping.
Packaging and Price
The icing sugar of choice for me has to be Silver Spoon Icing Sugar, probably because in my local supermarket it is one of the only options available, but none the less the quality is second to none, with no impurities and a great taste. It generally comes in two different size boxes, these being a 1kg as well as a 500g portion. The prices will obviously vary on where you buy them from but you can get the larger sized 1kg option for about £1 to £1.20 and the smaller sized option for about £0.50 to £0.80.
The nutritional information is not going to be good news and so this section will be relatively short and sweet, this is pure sugar after all and gives you 396 kcal per 100 grams and 99.4% carbohydrates. When used to make things like butter icing, it get even worse adding butter to the mix as well.
Overall, this is an excellent quality ingredient for use in baking and can be bought for a very reasonable price. A product that I will continue to buy in the future. 5 stars out of 5 from me.
I always thought buying icing sugar is waste of money. The first time I wanted to cover a cake with marzipan it was a complete disaster. It was my father's birthday and I wanted to prepare him a fish shaped cake and cover it with marzipan. I put some normal sugar in my coffee grinder and I put the powdered sugar on the pastry board and tried to roll the marzipan. It stuck to the board and I could hardly lift it. I decided to use it as a filling among the two layers and covered the cake with icing.
I watched two videos on www.youtube.com about decorating cakes and it seemed so easy that I decided that I will cover a cake with marzipan anyway. I bought icing sugar and marzipan of the same brand, Silver Spoon and I baked the cake. It was my friends' wedding anniversary and they were extremely busy as they are in the middle of the refurbishment so I decided to prepare them a surprise cake.
I baked the cake and put it out in the conservatory to cool. In the meantime I put some icing sugar on the pastry board and started to knead the marzipan. As it warmed up from the heat of my hand most of the icing sugar stuck to it so I had to use some more before I started to roll it. Actually I used about two tablespoons of icing sugar which is not too much. I put a little also on the top of it and rolled it as easily as I saw on Youtube. It was piece of cake covering the cake. (Sorry, I couldn't skip.) So I covered the cake and decorated it with Cadbury Chocolate Buttons. It looked like a hat but it was really nice. I brought my friends and they were really surprised and they loved it.
Icing sugar definitely differs from powdered sugar. It has some other ingredients that really help you to work with marzipan and I hope also with icing. I have 3 more days before I prepare my son's birthday cake. I will share my experience if you come back to read it...
I bought a smaller box of icing sugar and it will last really long. It is available in 3 kg, 1 kg and half kg packs. The small box was 54 pence, the medium one was 1.03 pounds and the large box was for 2.99 pounds. As I have already mentioned I used about 2 tablespoons of sugar to cover a small round cake.
Silver Spoon Icing sugar has been made in UK and the manufacturer is extremely proud of it as it highlights it on the box. The ingredients are really interesting: Icing Sugar, Anti-Caking Agent: Tricalcium Phosphate (E341). As any other sugars it contains loads of energy: 400 kcal/100 g. After you open the box you will find the icing sugar in a sealed paper bag. It is white and has powdery texture. It is sweet and is really nice to work with it. If you didn't dare to cover a cake with icing or marzipan I suggest you watching a video how professionals do and use this icing sugar. Can we fix it? Yes, we can or I think so.
This is the only brand of icing sugar i have used, so have none to compare it to. I have never seen any other brand in the shop?! I buy this regularly, i love to make fairy cakes and this icing just finishes them off!
This icing sugar comes in a 500g box which costs around 54p in most supermarkets. You can also get a 1kg box for £1.03. The icing sugar is in a white packet inside the box which you just rip open. I always put the icing sugar in an easy pour tub, which is an air tight container with a lid on it.
To make this icing, depending on how much of it you want to make, just pour some in a bowl. You need to sieve this first or your icing will be lumpy! Then i just started by adding a few tablespoons of water and start stirring it all together. Just keep adding water slowly as you need it. If the mixtures is too thin, just add more sifted icing sugar. If it is too thick, add a little bit more water until you get the consistency you want.
To put this icing sugar on fairy cakes, make sure the icing is quite thick so you can spread it on the cakes without it running eveywhere and making a mess. Dont put a thick layer on as this icing sugar is very sickly and sweet!
All icing sugar is, is crushed up granulated sugar apparently, so it is basicly just like spreading a spoonful of sugar onto your cakes! There are 396 calories in 100g of icing sugar so dont eat too much of this!!
You can also make buttercream with this icing sugar. All you need to do is, sieve your icing sugar, and add some margarine to it. Use a electric whisk to mix the butter and icing sugar until it is sweet, fluffy and creamy.
This goes well on fairy cakes, if you carefully cut out a slice from the top of the cakes, spread some butter cream on, and then cut the top of the cake in two halves and place on the buttercream, like two wings. These are called butterfly cakes and they are delicious!
You could also make a victoria sponge. All you do is make two seperate cakes and spread buttercream and jam on one cake, and place the other cake on top like a sandwich!
You can add lots of different flavours or colours to the icing to make it a bit different! My favourite is to add a bit of vanilla flavouring, or make pink icing!
You can also add icing sugar to whipped cream, fruit and yogurts for extra taste, which sounds yummy!
Store this in a cool dry place, and it will keep for years!
Try baking some cakes, and use this icing sugar, it is gorgeous!
I love to bake, I find it a relaxing hobby and my family and I, can get to enjoy the finished product too.
Today I made peppermint creams and truffles, both of which require the use of icing sugar. I had a 500g box of Silver Spoon Icing sugar in my store cupboard and decided to try to stretch it out, as I actually needed nearly 600g, for both recipes!
Silver Spoon Icing Sugar, is packaged in a cardboard box, with an inner white paper bag. This keeps it nice and fresh for ages, even when the bag has been opened. It is very fine, but does clump together a bit, so I always sift it before use.
For anyone who hasn't used it before, it is a fine, white powder, which is extremely sweet and therefore excellent for making sweet treats and of course, icing for cakes and buns. It also has a terrifying 400 calories per 100g.
I used the full box of Silver Spoon Icing Sugar for the following:
8oz/225g good plain chocolate
4oz/100g icing sugar
2 tablespoons rum or 2 tablespoons milk (I use milk)
1 large egg yolk (I only had medium, but worked perfectly)
2 level teaspoons cocoa
2 level teaspoons chocolate vermicelli
2 level teaspoons desiccated coconut
1. Break the chocolate into a large bowl and stand the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water. Allow to melt slowly.
2. Stir in the butter and rum and beat until the butter has melted.
3. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly before adding the egg yolk and icing sugar. Mix well and leave to cool.
4. Shape into small balls and divide into 3 lots. Roll one lot in cocoa, the second in chocolate vermicelli and the third in desiccated coconut. You can put them in small paper cases, but I don't bother with that. I store them in a tub and keep them in the fridge.
These have turned out perfect and are awaiting the arrival of the hungry horde, who are due home from school soon.
1 egg white
1Ib of icing sugar (which works out at about 460 grams)
Oil of peppermint or peppermint concentrate to taste
Plain cooking chocolate
Beat the egg until frothy, but not stiff. Sieve the icing sugar, mix with the egg white and peppermint to taste. The exact amount of icing sugar, depends upon the size of the egg white. Mix and knead to a firm paste.
Roll out on a board, well dusted with icing sugar. Cut to shape and place on waxed paper. Leave overnight (although I usually find they set in a couple of hours). You can then dip them in melted plain chocolate, to give a half coating. Place again on waxed paper to set.
I have made these before and they were excellent. This time didn't go so well though, but all was not lost.
My mixture was too soft as I didn't have enough icing sugar, so there was no way I could roll it out. I did however manage to make them into small balls and I fully coated them in plain chocolate. They taste gorgeous and quite similar to After Eights, with soft fondant in the inside and a thick coat of plain chocolate on the outside.
Silver Spoon Icing Sugar can be found in Tesco in a 500g pack at 55p or 1kg pack at £1.04.
I have been baking with it for years and as long as I follow the recipe correctly, I have always been successful!
Silver Spoon Icing Sugar will always have a place in my store cupboard, because it's nice to create your own sweet treats, now and again.
Right, what's next? Ahh that's right - the dentist!
I buy the Silver Spoon icing sugar very often and pay about a pound for a packet of it from my local mini-market. The box I have in my cupboard just now is 500 grams.
The icing sugar can be used for lots of things but I am always baking and making things like cakes, sweets and other treats for my family and friends and for my self of course. I always seem to be baking lots of things at this time of year so I need to make sure my Silver spoon icing sugar has been re stocked!
The packaging is a cardboard box with paper wrapping. There is a bright pink colour to the box and the Silver Spoon logo is on the packet. I always manage to find the Silver Spoon icing sugar at first glance in the shop or supermarket because the bright colour of the packet makes it stand out to me and it is eye-catching.
The icing sugar is very floury and is a pure white colour. I can smell the sweetness of it when I open the packet and also when I am using the icing sugar.
At this time of year I like to use it for dusting over cakes and mince pies. It gives a wintery feel to a plate of biscuits or cakes that can be given out to guests and adds a nice Christmassy touch.
The Silver Spoon icing sugar is available in two sizes of packet, but I always buy the largest one on sale as I use so much of it and cannot run out of it at an important moment when baking! I need to always have iciing sugar in my larder.
I have not tried any other brand of icing sugar because I really like the Silver Spoon brand of sugar and so I would not really be wanting to try others in case they were not as good. Silver Spoon is a brand I trust for my baking and cake making and I have always used the brand.
SILVER SPOON ICING SUGAR.
The Packaging **********
Comes in a carboard box, reasealable lid, also recyclable which is good.
Inside the box is a paper white bag which is easy to open up, and contains 500grams of Icing Sugar.
This product i brought today as i have been baking cakes for my little grandaughters birthday party, which is for tomorrow, she will be ten years old, and i always buy this icing sugar as it really works well.
The Results **********
This icing sugar mixes well with a little water, and it is great because it keeps in the cupboard for a little while, and you can use as much or as little as you require when you need it. I store mine in an airtight container and have noticed that the use by date has a long shelve life actually the packet i brought today is available to be used right up to the month of September 2012, which is really great, but then as im always cooking this would never last that long, in my house.
I prefer to mix mine as thickly as i can, i mix mine the old fashioned way, but if you cant mix by hand, you can use a whisk.
It is great for icing small cakes, fairy cakes, biscuits or buns.
Also i mix mine with a little butter and this makes great butter icing, good for those fairy cakes helps to glue their wings on to.
This product is made by appointment to the Queen, so whats good for her majesty is good enough for my family.
I also mix mine with a little food colouring, to change the colour depending on what i am about to decorate, and also i make chocolate icing, or chocolate butter cream, when making a chocolate victoria sponge.
They also give a money back guarentee, if you are not satisfied with their product, plus they also give you the postage money back too.
Icing Sugar, Anti caking Agent, and Tricalcium Phosphate, and E341.
May contain traces of Egg.
Kcals 400 per 100 grams.
Protein. 0 grams.
Carbs. 99.4 grams
It says on the packet that this product will keep indefinetely.
I purchased mine from Tescos for the price of sixty pence.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
I made some cakes with my little sisters this morning and we used this icing sugar to decorate them.
Its easy to mix in with the water to make thick or thin icing and cos its pure white we used food colouring to get different coloured icing. I liked it cos you don't have to be completely exact when you put the water in cos you can add a bit more icing sugar if its to thin.
I make mine thick and use a wisk cos it makes the icing sugar shinier than just using a fork. Its easy to spread on the cakes or biscits cos it sticks better when you make it thick. I mixed some with some butter as well for butter icing and we made butterfly cakes with that.
There arent any big lumps of icing sugar in the bag so its easy to mix into a smooth icing.
It tastes sweet and you can add flavour to it by using some peppermint essense with the water. My mum uses some rose flavouring and thats dead nice but you have to be carful you dont put too much in or it does taste of roses and you dont want that cos its horrible and flowery.
I brought some ready to roll icing as well cos I my baby sister wouldnt be able to use this one and I liked the flavour of this a lot better than the ready made one.
Let me explain something from the beginning. I am no masterchef:-) like several of my previous reviews will confirm. However more recently I have had cause to 'dabble' a bit in the kitchen department. The reason being is that I work from home, and often my wife likes me to have something on the go, for when she gets home from work. I also look after my youngest a couple of days a week and he likes nothing more than making a few cakes. Usually fairy cakes, were even I can't go wrong.
Up until last week I used to buy a fairy cake packet, with cartoon characters on etc. This would often set me back upto £2 a box. This was until I read on here I could get a mix for 23p (another review) and this worked well. However it left me short of icing and cake decoartions. So i bought some Silver Spoon icing sugar. I'd actually seen my wife and mum using this and it looked quite simple.
In 1972 Silver Spoon was established as the retail brand of the British Sugar Corporation on a regional basis, this was until 1977 when it went National. Silver Spoon became recognised as manufacturers of consistent quality sugar in every bag. It is even by appointment to HM the Queen. So what is good for our Lizzy is good for me too.
Going back to my experience with Silver Spoon. The thing I found most easy was that all I needed to do was add water, and mix it to a smooth paste. I then added a bit of food colouring to change the colour of the icing. As Mr Meerkat would say 'simples...........
Anti Caking Agent: Tricalcium Phosphate (E341)
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
Allergy: May contain traces of egg.
There is no end to the amount of recipes that you can use icing sugar on. You can obviously use it to make Glace icing like I have said or maybe to make Butter Cream. My Mum loves sprinkling it over Mince Pies (I think it is to cover the burn marks:-))
Finally on the pack it says that you can see a selection of delicious recipes and some handy hints and tips on www.silverspoon.co.uk or you can get a recipe booklet by writing to
Peterborough PE2 9QU
This Icing Sugar comes highly recommended.