Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Review - Squires Kitchen Coloured Sugarpaste

 Recently, the lovely people over at Cake Decorating Store sent me some new Squires Kitchen Coloured Sugarpaste to try out. I'd like to say thanks to Rachel for arranging it!

The new Squires Kitchen coloured sugarpaste is available in 13 beautiful, vintage-esque pastel shades. When Rachel asked me to pick three of them, I was spoilt for choice!

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the "Vintage Pink", "Frosted Leaf" and "Sweet Lavender" shades.

Sweet LavenderVintage Pink
Frosted LeafI decided to make some cupcakes and cover them with the sugarpaste. I also wanted to make some flower and leaf decorations for the top of the cupcakes.

I made lemon cupcakes and used lemon buttercream to help the sugarpaste stick to the cupcakes. I'll post the recipe for these separately.

To cover the cupcakes, I rolled out the sugarpaste and cut out some serrated circles.

I found the sugarpaste to be nice and soft, and required next to no kneading. I was pleasantly surprised at how little I needed to work it!

I used a little white vegetable fat to stop the sugarpaste from sticking - icing sugar can affect the colour so it's best left for white sugarpaste.

The sugarpaste rolled out easily too and did not stretch / distort very much when I picked up the cut out circles.

As the sugarpaste was nice and pliable, despite the little kneading, it was very easy to smooth the top with an icing smoother to achieve a fairly tidy result.

To make the flowers, I used a silicone rose mould. The sugarpaste took the detail of the mould very well - I had the flowers done in no time at all!

As I don't currently have a leaf cutter, I used a poppy petal cutter and a leaf/petal embosser to make some leaves. The cut-outs held their shape very well, even after pressing in the embosser!

The decorations were attached with some edible glue, and I added a little petal dust to highlight the detail of the roses.

All in all, I found the sugarpaste very easy to roll, cut and mould into shape. It was a luxury working with pre-coloured sugarpaste too! I usually colour white sugarpaste, so it was much easier just to be able to use it straight from the packet!

After trialling these three colours, I'd definitely buy some of this sugarpaste the next time I have a pastel coloured cake to bake. I've already recommended it to a couple of friends too!

You can see the full list of 13 shades here on the Cake Decorating Store website. They are currently priced at £1.99 each, which is a great price for 250g of coloured sugarpaste.

Cake Decorating Store also have a great range of baking supplies so be sure to check them out too!

Disclaimer: I was sent these products free of charge for review purposes. All opinions on the product are my own. I am not being paid for my review, other than the products received to review. Prices and links correct at time of writing. 

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