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The first cake I designed at my cake decorating class was a black cake with white piping detail on the sides and beautiful black and white butterflies swirling around the top. On a white cake board with crimping and piping shells. As my cake was black my tutor suggested buying back Sugarpaste and Florist paste as it is notoriously difficult to achieve a true black when colouring at home. The icing quite often stays very dark grey, and she suggested that it would be easier to purchase pre-coloured, especially as I needed the Florist paste to match my black sugarpaste.
When out shopping for supplies I came across the Squires Kitchen Back Florist paste and as I needed it for that weeks class, decided to purchase it despite not being keen on the white Florist Paste I had brought from the Squires Kitchen brand but hoping this might be better.
~What is it used for?~
Florist Paste is used to make delicate and detailed decorations for cakes such as Flowers or Frills. It is a type of icing which can be rolled very thin, and moulded and shaped. It dries hard, but care needs to be taken with decorations which can be slightly brittle.
My big disappointment with the Squires Kitchen White Florist paste that I had used previously was that it did not roll as thinly as other brands nor cut as crisply which made it much more difficult to work with and sadly I found the same with the black. However the black is a beautiful jet black and is a lovely colour to work with. Unlike some things which are supposed to be black this is a true black which made it easier to ensure it matched my Sugarpaste.
Florist Paste must be stored airtight as otherwise it will begin to dry out and harden and can no longer be used. The Squires Kitchen Black Florist Paste like the White
comes in a resealable bag which makes storing much easier. I tend to put an extra bag around this just to be safe as it is both frustrating and expensive if it hardens and cannot be used.
Whilst the researlable bag stores the Black Florist paste very well, like with the White it can be difficult to remove from the florist paste especially without damaging the resealable component becoming increasingly difficult the more of the packet you have used.
~Price & Availability~
Squires Kitchen Black Florist Paste is widely available from shops and online. It currently costs £4.34 on the Amazon website for 100g.
This is a beautiful jet black and is a lovely colour to work with. Unlike some things which are supposed to be black this is a true black. However it does not roll as thinly nor cut as crisply as other Florist Paste's that I have used and that makes it much more difficult to work with and for that reason I would not recommend it.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
SUGAR FLORIST PASTE BLACK 100G-Squires Kitchen Sugar Florist Paste (SFP) has been developed especially for crafting delicate sugar flowers and leaves. A lovely sugar flower paste to work with, knead well before using. Comes in a resealable pack which keeps your flower paste fresh for up to 6 weeks! Best before date will normally be at least 6-9 months from date of purchase and often much longer. Ingredients: sugar, glucose, water, maize starch, emulsifier, carboxyl methyl cellulose, egg albumen, gelatine (pork) and acetic acid (as a preservative). Allergy and religious obeservance advice: please note SFP is produced in a factory which handles nuts and nut products. SFP contains egg albumen and gelatine derived from pork.