1. Background Info
2. About Sugarpaste
3. Preparing Sugarpaste for Rolling Out
4. Rolling out Sugarpaste
5. Icing a Round Cake
6. Icing a Square Cake with Panels
7. Icing a Square Cake
8. Icing a Round Cake Wrapping Around
9. Fixing Common Problems
10. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 1. Preparing to Ganche the Cake
Paul takes us through each step in great detail covering cutting, ganaching and creating sharp edges with sugarpaste. A must watch for any new cake designer.
11. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 2. Ganaching Part 1
Paul is adding dark chocolate ganache to this cake but of course for children especially you may want to use milk chocolate ganache. If you are unfamiliar with ganache then click here for an indepth tutorial on using ganache. You will need a large palette knife to apply the ganache to the side of the cake and don’t hold back. Put plenty on and once you covered the whole side of the cake get a metal cake scraper, wet it and then place against the cake card and apply equal pressure as you scrape around the cake. Remember and create a nice tall lip at the top as this will help you in the next section. To test whether it is equal all the way round just place the scraper against the card and see if you can see any uneven gaps between the cake and the scraper.
12. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 3. Ganaching Part 2
You will now see why you needed that lip at the top of the cake. This helps you create a nice sharp edge at the top of the cake. Get a jug of hot water and dip your clean palette knife in it and make sure at least half of it is wet. each time you cut away a section of the lip. You may find it handy to have a turntable for this section to save you having to constantly maneuver around the cake. When using the metal ruler at the top of the cake think of a plane taking off from a runway as you near the edge and slowly bring it up to create a slight ramp.
13. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 4. Ganaching Part 3
This is the final stage of ganaching the cake and it is so incredibly satisfying. This will surely convert all buttercream users! Again you will need a jug of hot clean water and an equally clean palette knife. Dip the palette knife in the water and then gently go around smoothing the ganache. Once you have done this get a clean pastry or large soft brush and dip it in the water and go around the cake smoothing it even further.
14. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 5. Covering the Cake
In this lesson Paul uses 1.5kg of sugarpaste which ends up giving a lot spare but it actually makes the whole process easier as it creates longer and easier to work with pleats as you will soon see. Paul also advises that rolling out the sugarpaste to about 3mm in thickness will be thin enough to create a sharp edge and thick enough to not be damaged too easily. When creating the sharp edge if you are feeling confident and have clean hands you can even use your index fingers to sharpen it even more. Just be careful not to dig into it too much.
15. Icing a Double Barrel Cake - 6. Stacking the Cake
In this lesson Paul gives some further advice on stacking the cake showing where to place cake card and dowels to add support to a tall two tiered cake. We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and stay tuned for some more fantastic tutorials.
Icing cakes is an essential skill for anyone who wants to learn cake decorating and here Paul provides a free master class! He will demonstrate step-by-step how to ice a round cake and a square cake using a number of different tried and tested techniques that will serve you well for a lifetime of cake decorating.
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Greetings from Malaysia! Thank you so much for your tutorials! Got a lot of great tips from you.
May I ask what material is your tabletop made of? Doesn’t the surface scratch when you run your knife on it?
Hi Aflow Paul counter top is marble and doesn’t scratch. He also uses this green board http://www.designer-cakes.com/shop/product/non-slip-cake-decorators-board-60cm-x-50cm/
Can I use wood rolling pin or should I get the one like in the video?
I don’t think its essential to use one like Paul but you might find it easier. It might be a good question for the Q&A: http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions
Cool site,thanks for the help
What I love about Paul is that he’s a human. Things don’t always work out seamlessly yet he shows you how to stay calm and fix them. It’s a breath of fresh air to see that even the professionals can have air bubbles form or fondant tear. Thank you for that.
Thanks for sharing your tutorials. I’m from Mexico. This will help me a lot on my business.
Please could you tell me does Paul brush the Ganache with anything before he sugarpastes the cake?
Yeah he uses a pastry brush and warm water. Here’s a video on it: http://www.designer-cakes.com/using-ganache-using-a-pastry-brush-on-a-round-cake
Thanks for this these fab demos. Im making my sons wedding cake next year and this has allayed many of my fears!!!
Is there a chart to help guide weight of sugar paste to size of cake in inches/ cm?
How does one know how much sugar paste to start with for a 6″ opposed to an 8″ or more.
You said 1/3 more than what you need- what would you start with please?
We don’t have a chart like this I’m afraid. I think most people just tend to gain a judgement over time and of course if you don’t have enough you will find out when you roll it and you can simple and more and re need it. If you add too much then you can put the left over in a air tight bag and store it.
You might want to see what advice people give in our Q&A http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/
Hope that helped a little
You’re amazing!! You make it look so simple. Thank you for being so informative.
Watching you makes me feel eager to decorate a cake and test my skills…hehehe 🙂
Olá bom dia!
qual a melhor marca de pasta americana para trabalhar , aqui temos da Arcor, Malaverio …seria melhor fazem em casa?
I’m not sure what brands are available where you are. You could try and ask for advice in our Q&A http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/
Eu não sei o que são marcas disponíveis onde você está. Você poderia tentar e pedir conselhos em nosso Q & A http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/
Paul you make it look so easy!
Ready made sugar paste on the supermarket shelves in my country is almost like a fairy tale! I still make my sugar paste from scratch. It is a lot of hard work as you have to be very careful and get the ingredients just right. But the numerous design options for my cakes that come with it make all the risks and hard work worthwhile. Your teacher who taught you in college and made it from scratch is a real pro (oh,and so are you) 😀
Thank for the insight on making your own sugar paste! I think we are a little spoiled her 🙂 #
thank you for the tutorials it rought some light to what I want to achieve in terms of icing the cakes…
You are too wonderful thanks paul
Great set of videos.
One Question I have is cake storage.
I believe sugar paste does not like being in a fridge where fondant requires to be stored in a fridge.
How are the cakes stored?
We have this video on storing ganache : http://www.designer-cakes.com/using-ganache-storing-ganache
There is also lots of chat about this subject on the Q&A : http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions?s=shelf+life
Hope that helps
Amazing tutorials.please how can I join monthly membership
You can join the monthly membership on this page – http://www.designer-cakes.com/membership-options
You make it look so easy but whenever I try to cover a cake it all goes wrong …… I’ll keep trying :/
I have had a calamity last night and decided to pull the whole lot of this morning so this was a great help. But my ganache underneath the sugarpaste was sticky and made the sugarpaste sticky as well. Why is this? I ganached my cake yesterday and in the fridge but left it out last night covered with the sugarpaste that had a rip in it at the bottom. Or is it the actual ganache, I used long life cream from the chill cabinet.
I think it will have been sticky because of the sugar paste if you used sugar glue or even water could make it a little sticky under the sugar paste. Once you have taken it off you could check out our fixing common problems with ganache. That might help:
Wonderful,thanks so much, you are a great teacher !
Thank you for the lovely tutorials. Paul could you please tell me what you sprinkle your surface with? It looks like icing sugar.
I agree with, Onetier, keep up the great work that you do.
Yeah its icing sugar. Have plenty of it about!
Hi Paul! Can you please tell me what kind of cakes are or can be cover with fondant? white, yellow, chocolate? I am learning so much from your tutorials. You are a great teacher!
As far as I know any cake that has a decent structure can be used for cake decorating. Would would not want to use a cake that was not firm enough. The chocolate cake in the free section is great for cake decorating and the recipe from Mrs Jones is also really good. I’ve linked below:
Hope that helps. You could also ask in our Q&A if anyone has good recipes for cake intended for decorating. http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/
Hi Paul! Can you ice the board with the extra fondant you got left after covering the cake? Thanks 🙂
Yeah I don’t see why not as long as there is enough 🙂
I am going to make the pepper pig cake using your chocolate cake should I cover the cake with choc butter cream before covering with sugarpaste. Yours looks so smooth is it ganache also do you split the cakes and use a filling as well
Paul uses ganache on most of his cakes for a smooth and tasty finish once the sugarpaste is applied. Splitting the cakes and filling with ganache works great to!
Just wanted to know could you use a traditional cake mix for a wedding cakes and around the cake add a ganach white sause as you have done with the chocolate sauce, when you did your chocolate cakes, or would that depend on the cake mixture of your wedding cake as to whether the ganache white sauce would compliment the taste of the cake.
Interesting question. I don’t really have experience with this. Do you want to try the Q&A ? Maybe someone will be able to help.
Hi, I presume the cake was hot brushed first?
Yeah in the ganaching course Paul uses a pastry brush with warm water to get the ganache very smooth before icing:
thanks alot for your advice you have amazing way to teach us how to do that
Glad you are enjoying the courses 🙂
Can I put a cake covered with ganache and Fondant in the fridge overnight?
I’m not too sure about that. You could ask in our Q&A and there is also this question that links to some other questions too. http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/shelf-life-of-cake-covered-in-ganache-and-fondant
I don’t think I’ve seen Putting iced cakes back in the fridge but worth asking in the Q&A
Hope that helps!
Hey you’ve got me curios about sugar paste and fondant. I live in Australia and I cover my cakes in fondant and use sugar paste for figurines, flowers etc. Would you recommend covering cakes in sugar paste instead of fondant? Is there a difference in our countries?
In the UK in cake decorating terms they they are the same thing by two different names. I’m not sure if there is a difference were you are. Made it with love has answered this question on our Q&A. You might want to check that out too.
Hope that helps
All the answers I’ve been looking for! Thank you.
Hi paul, do u have videos for cake making and decorating?
Hi Ugochi44, You’ve come to the right place, you can find our free videos here. Alternatively sign up for a paid membership and access all of the cake decorating courses on the site.
omg you make this look so easy
Thanks redangel2407, hopefully we can teach you how to make things easy with our courses! x
thumbs up Man
Thumbs up! x
As you mentioned the cheaper products aren’t as good as satin ice etc for wedding cakes, would adding some tylose powder or something else to home made sugarpaste make it more elastic?
Another great video thank you
Do you use butter cream at all for icing?
Yes we do use Buttercream for icing! Here is a link to some buttercream tutorials.
Hope this helps! Many thanks ! D xx
I just want to say a big thank u.
Debbie from Australia
Thanks Debbie 🙂 x
Did Paul just place the sugarpaste straight on to the ganache? Does it not need to be dampened first?
Hi Ruby, You can opt to use a piping gel or similar to affix the sugarpaste more firmly in place x
I have downloaded almost all your videos ..and I find them very easy to follow.
Me being a babe I’m the business I have the heart and love for cakes, I just
Needed some direction and with you Mr.Paul .I’ve found it
Thank you so much
This is an excellent video!
Thank you so much your tutorials have really helped me!
hello plase I WANT KNOW HOW TO MAKE SUGARPASTE OR FONDAT HERE THIS PRODUCT IT IS EXPENSIVE .. THANKS
Thank you for your question. We have a great Q&A area on our website where you may be able to find any cake related questions and answers to any problems you may be having.
We have a great link the discusses making your own fondant or buying it, here.
I hope this helps D xx
Hello Paul, and thank you for this classes. One question, would be OK to use this technique on a wedding cake or it might look not good enough? Thank you.
Hi Crocake, I’m sure it would look nice if done neatly enough x
Really enjoying these videos! I was just wondering why you use so many packs of a ready-coloured sugarpaste (which at almost £3 per pack, in my local cakecraft shop, works out quite expensive) when you can use larger packs of plain white ready-to-roll icing and colour it using any of the good quality food colourings? This is what I normally do for large quantities of coloured icing and I use the smaller Renshaw packs for decorations/models etc. Thanks again for such fabulous turotials. I have been designing cakes for a few years so still eager to learn different techniques and ideas. I have my notepad at the ready to jot down any useful tools/equipment/supplies that Paul uses!
Thank you for getting in touch! We often use the ready coloured sugar paste, because it keeps the colour of the sugarpaste consistent throughout the cake, because sometimes the colour and consistency may vary when using food colourings.
I found more information on the Q&A section of our website which may give more information. (Lots of clever cake masters on there) http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/purple-paste
Ps – Thank you so much for the kind comments, we are really happy that you are enjoying the tutorials that we have on offer! If you would like any other information, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Thanks! D xx 🙂
Extremely good videos with step by step instructions. The problem fixing is excellent too, I know I will use those suggestions! I can’t wait to view the other videos, thanks so much
Olá sou sua mais nova aluna. Moro no Brasil, em São Paulo. Não entendo seu idioma, eu apenas assisto as aulas. Agora encontrei estas aulas com legenda e fiquei muito feliz, porque eu copio o texto e traduzo no Google, para poder entender melhor. Dá muito trabalho mas é melhor para mim. Seria muito bom se as outras aulas tivessem legenda.
Estou gostando muito. Obrigada Valéria
Hello I’m your newest student. I live in Brazil, in Sao Paulo. I do not understand your language, I just watch the lessons. Now I found these lessons with subtitles and I was very happy because I copy the text and translate with Google, in order to understand better. A lot of work but it’s better for me. It would be great if other classes had the caption.
I’m really enjoying it. Thank you Valerie
Thank you for getting in touch and for the fantastic feeback. In the future we hope to have subtitles, I have passed this information onto the team to look into!
We are so glad you are enjoying the lessons! xx 🙂
Some tips here, that even as a self taught cake decorator (for over 15 years) that will help me with that all important, professional finish. Sometimes it really pays to keep checking back on the basics .. Thanks Paul
I completely agree, there is nothing more effective than popping back and looking over the basics! – We are happy that we were able to be of help to you!
He is to the right too far on my screen. I cant see his work on the cake, just what he’s doing on the board.
Hi Cake Lady!
Sorry to hear that you are unable to view his work on the cake. If you select the square button on the far right corner of the video, this will expand the video to full screen to allow you to view all of the video. I hope this help! Thanks Danielle:) xx
Hi cake lady, are you viewing the video on a tablet, if so turn it to landscape veiwvthat is how I viewed it 😀
Thank you for your help Allyfree!! x
OMG. I think I just had an “A-ha” moment. Great video…going to go practise 🙂
Fantastic news! I am glad this tutorial has helped you out! 😀 Best of Luck practising:) x
I am unable to access the videos please advise Thanks
Can you please contact me at [email protected] and I will try my very best to help you out!
Look forward to hearing from you. D xx
Watching this really made me understand what I have been doing wrong. I really like the idea about smoothing out the “pleats” in order to get the sugarpaste not to have bumps and tears.
Hi Ladyabc85. Thank you for the lovely feedback. I am glad you found this tutorial useful:) Enjoy the rest of the tutorials !! x
Could you show us how to cover a really tall cake please? I have just done one that was only 6 inches in diameter and about 5 inches high (Rainbow type cake). I had so many pleats in it, it looked rubbish. I would really like to know the best way to go about covering one like this for next time.
waaaaal!!!!!! thats amazing. thanks for making icing easy
Hi Junique, I am glad that this made it look easy! I hope you enjoy many more tutorials! 🙂 D xx
Hi, thnx a lot for such a precious online course.. M loving it. How can we make this sugar paste at home? Pl tell the ingredients with quantity as I am from Pakistan and didn’t get in stores over here.
Hi Aysha, Thank you for getting in touch. I am glad that you are enjoying the courses. Here is a link to how to make sugarpaste from scratch. I hope this helps!
Great video and lots of help towards my 1st wedding cake ever…
Hello there, although I am enjoying the videos of how to ice a cake, I would’ve liked them to include how wide to roll the sugarpaste to ensure it fits and also what weight will be needed for each size cake.
Thank you for the feedback. I will certainly pass this onto the team to see if this is something we can include in the future.
Hi There! We hope you are enjoying the site:) D x
I loved watching this and learn that a rounded edge is not what I should have but a sharp one that makes the cake look better, thank you.
Hi Sandara, I am glad you found this tutorial useful! 🙂 xx
Fantastic loving this
Thank you for the feedback! I hope you enjoy the other tutorials! Many thanks:) D xx
Hi!! Loving the free classes. Fab and Thank You. I’ve been doing cakes for a few years and can’t believe techniques etc that I wasn’t aware of. Learning loads. Such a good teacher Paul! Once I work through the freebies I would like to get full access. Can it be paid for monthly as I see it says “billed annually”?? Thank you, Natasha 🙂
Hi Natasha, Thank you so much for the fantastic feedback! I am so glad you are enjoying the tutorials and you like the way Paul teaches! Hopefully we can welcome you as a member really soon! We have a monthly option available, which you can join for only £9.95 a month, this gives you access to over 250 online tutorials, with a new one being added every week. You can find out more about it here – http://www.designer-cakes.com/membership-options 🙂 Any questions, drop me an email at [email protected]
Enjoy the rest of the free membership! xx
What would be your tips for covering cakes with fondant in hot and humid climates (I’m in Queensland Australia)? Tips such as best frosting (butter cream/ganache) to put under the fondant in this type of weather and storing the fondant covered cake.
Hi Leah, Thanks for getting in touch. Here is a Q&A answer that may be able to help you. This section of our site is an excellent resource for any cake -related questions you may have!
http://www.designer-cakes.com/questions/cake-once-iced-in-hot-weather Hope this helps:) x
I don’t know what’s keeping me watching more, the great tutorials, or Paul and his mesmerizing accent. ;D
Hi Kimmi! Thank you for the feedback! Hehe!! Many people love Paul’s accent! Glad you are enjoying the tutorials 🙂 x
This is quality teaching! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! I’m a beginner from Germany and since we do not have any comparable tutrioals here (at least not as good as these), this was really really helpful!
However, I was wondering if I will need some sort of mat or silicon underpad if I do not have a marble counter top / surface at home?
Thank you very much for your kind feedback – it is greatly appreciated!
Yes you can get a non stick mat for underneath your board. You should be able to source these from many online retailers. I found them here – https://www.cakecraftshop.co.uk/shop/2/74/
I hope this helps!
I’m a virgin at using sugarpaste or fondant. I’ve always been afraid to touch the stuff it’s really good to know Paul gets air bbubbles so when I do it, it won’t defeat me.
Once you give it a go once, and have practiced a few times, you will get used to handling it. Everyone gets airbubbles so do not fret when you do! Best of luck:) x
Thanks for the video
No problem, we are very glad that you enjoyed it! We hope you will enjoy many more of our tutorials:) D xx
Is using ganache the new way forward? No more butter icing? Where have I been. I’ve only taken up baking and decorating cakes six months ago. Only just about able to use sugar paste, now this. Oh please help me.
Hi Seriouslycake, it is entirely up to you what method you use. Paul prefers ganaching as it is easier to play with, to get sharp corners and it tastes good too!
Certainly give it a go and see if it is right for you:)
If you have any cake related questions, feel free to head over to the Q&A section of our website where fellow cake decorators will be willing to offer their help xx
You have an amazing talent! You are the Guru of Fondant! my Yoda!! So glad you made these tutorials, thank you from South Philadelphia PA, USA
Hi Mischelle22, thank you for the lovely comments. I am so glad you have found the site and are enjoying it! Best of luck with your cake decorating:) xxx
Hi don’t you have to use some icing underneath the sugar paste?
Hi Licelot, instead Paul has used ganache before he used the sugarpaste. This is just his preference!
Cheers, D x
This post is worth everyone’s attention. How can I find out more?
Simply fabulous videos …content is clear n instructions are precise and easy to follow. I am so glad to have stumbled upon this site…I would love to see a video on tempering chocolate. Thanks!
Thank you for getting in touch and for your great feedback. We do have a tutorial on how to make chocolate sauce, if this is something that would interest you, you can watch it here – http://www.designer-cakes.com/chocolate-cake-chocolate-source-2
I hope you continue to enjoy our tutorials:)
Many thanks! Danielle x
Hello… I’m from Argentina. can I see de videos in Spanish? I whant to learn but I don’t understand nothing. Sorry, My English is very poor.
Thank you for getting in touch.
Unfortunately we do not have Spanish tutorials only English.
thank you so much for this
thanks Paul I learn so much from you.
Thank you so much for your feedback! We are glad you are learning from Paul 🙂
Wow, I really love this idea….
Hello Paul, have you got any tips on icing number cakes? I am trying to get a ’50’ done… how to ice the centre of the ‘0’ neatly etc!!
Paul doesn’t cut out the middle of the zero. He covers the whole cake then creates the centre of the zero with black sugarpaste (assuming the rest is white).
I am really enjoying the free courses and wanted to say Thank you for sharing your talent.
Do you have any info on avoiding ‘elephant skin’ when the fondant stretches?
Originally posted by Madeitwithlove on our Q&A Page
Could it be perhaps you’re rolling out slightly on the thick side and the weight pulls a little causing tiny cracks which become more visible when the icing dries? Darker colours are much wetter and sticker and liable to stretch. I find rubbing a tiny amount of trex into my hands and also on the work surface when rolling can help reduce cracking. I knead my icing the evening before required, it helps settle it down and be less wet and stretchy. Have a look at the revamped beginners section on icing cake here http://www.designer-cakes.com/online-cake-decorating-courses/1-icing-cakes-overview Paul explains everything about sugarpaste, how it behaves, how to knead and which ones give better performance. I’m sure you’ll find it very helpful as I did. x
Hello all the way from Malta (Europe). I have found your tutorials very essential and I have learned a lot from them. These tutorials are very detailed and informative, a very good point of reference.
I have a question. Every time I ice a cake, I end up with the sugar paste to crack at the edge on top before I start smoothing it down. This happens all the time and I end up removing again the sugar paste from the cake and redo it but it happens again. Is there anything I can do? Does this happen because perhaps I am using an inferior quality sugar paste or because perhaps I am doing something wrong? I buy my sugar paste from a local wholesaler, but unfortunately I don’t know the brand of the sugar paste as I buy by weight and not pre-packed.
Thanks a lot for your guidance
Cracking or elephant skin as it’s known is very often down to the quality of sugarpaste and the amount of time the sugarpaste may be sitting (and drying out) before the cake is covered.
Paul’s top brand of sugarpaste now is Massa Ticino, which never dries or cracks so whilst more expensive it does save time and money as you get it right first time.
To get access to all our members viws and opinions it’s always best to post your questions on our Q&A page….
Hope this helps.
Hi, when Paul talks about using Renshaws Regal Ice, is that what is now called Renshaws Ready to Roll sugarpaste? & do you use this paste for covering say 5 inch high sharp edged cakes?
Yes – Renshaws regal ice rebranded and is now called Renshaws ready to roll. It’s the sugarpaste (fondant) that’s most often used to cover cakes.
Hi, Does Paul ice cold cakes? or are they room temperature? Also, does he wet the ganache before applying the fondant to make it stick?
Paul would apply ganache to the cake at room temperature. He would then place in the fridge for around 5mins to allow the ganache to set then smoothes the finish with a brush dipped in hot water.
Thanks for your reply David, However I was actually was asking about the fondant though – Does Paul apply fondant to cold cakes or room temperature cakes? Thanks
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