Cake Decorating – Top Tips #5

Get yourself a good Sugarpaste Rolling Pin!

This one may seems a bit daft, but how many of you are covering cakes with a regular old rolling pin?  Chances are its a wooden one and you’re finding it a bit on the short side?  Sugarpaste rolling pins are super smooth and designed to be non-stick, they really are much better to work with than a regular kitchen rolling pin and mean that your sugarpaste is far smoother before it even makes it’s way onto the cake.

Get yourself a dedicated sugarpaste rolling pin,  the longest you can afford (find them here in The Pink Whisk Shop).  Put it on your birthday list or treat yourself.  Covering cakes is a whole lot easier with one of these lovelies!

And once you’ve got it, you need to look after it.  Don’t go ramming it in an already full cupboard you need to protect it from bumps and bangs.  If you’re a little bit sewing handy get yourself a tea towel.  Make a pocket in one of the long sides, measuring it around your rolling and stitch at either end of the pocket.

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Sorry, perhaps I should have got the iron out for this pic ;)

Sit the pin in the pocket and roll it up, it’ll keep that rolling pin safe and snug and it can be jammed put in the cupboard without a worry!

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You don’t have a sugarpaste rolling pin yet?  Fancy winning one?

I’ve got 2 x 20″ sugarpaste rolling pins worth £25.50 each to give away courtesy of The Pink Whisk Shop!

To enter:  Leave a comment on this post telling me what other bit of kit is on your cake decorating wish list and you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of the rolling pins (facebook and comments emailed to me do not count – you have to come to the website to leave a comment).  Giveaway closes at 5pm Friday 10th May 2013.  Open to UK residents only.  Only one valid entry per person. 2 winners will be chosen at random from all the valid comments received shortly after closing and will be contacted directly.

****COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*********

 The two winners of the Sugarpaste Rolling Pins are

Kristina from  Doncaster and Michelle from Hoddesdon  who  have been contacted directly and will be receiving their prizes shortly!

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

Meet me down the aisles of The Pink Whisk Shop – for all sorts of cake decorating and baking delights!

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196 Responses to Cake Decorating – Top Tips #5

  1. I really fancy an airbrush, but haven’t taken the plunge yet! I also wrap my rolling pin in a tea towel, but sewing a pocket in it is a very good idea :)

  2. Oo fab give away! I have a teeny tiny one for making flowers but could have done with a big one for when I do cakes!
    On my wish list is a turntable. I feel like it’s not a necessity but it would make life easier! Becky x

  3. Karen Button says:

    I would love one of those as i am just starting to decorate cakes.My wish list is just the basics to get started but if money was no object i would love a air brush. Maybe one day.A girl can dream.

  4. Jenny Cook says:

    A silicone rolling mat is a good companion to the rolling pin

  5. Claire says:

    I’ve always got those plunger cutters on my list. I have hearts and a few flowers but now I want stars, leaves and snowflakes. The other half put a limit on my cake decorating utensils as we were living in a flat with limited space. We’ve just moved into a house so I have been let loose again! Mwahahaha!

  6. Richard says:

    oo, I wouldn’t mind one of these. I also wouldn’t mind a cake decorating turntable. I’ve somehow managed through the years without one but every birthday and Christmas I hint like there’s no tomorrow but nobody seems to notice. Only another seven months until Christmas! sigh…

  7. Carl y Fordham says:

    Already on my wish list but so far hasn’t made an appearance, (birthday was only a week ago??) not sure if my partner actually looked at the list! So need to get it for myself :)

  8. Claire says:

    Great giveaway :-) On my wish list is The Mat and a turntable :-)

  9. Catriona Siggers says:

    Hello! Thanks for the tips. I love the idea of making a little blanket for a rolling pin. That is on the top of my wish list as I am using my little 9inch one at the moment which defiantly isn’t big enough! :) Thanks very much.

  10. Zoe says:

    Ooh this is on my wish list, have just been looking at these n couldn’t believe how much they were!! Other than that it would be a rollin mat so it doesn’t stick to my table!! And then I’d like a whole range of gel colours hahaha fingers crossed!

  11. Helen says:

    I’d love a full range of gel colours so I don’t have to constantly make what colour I want from red/yellow/blue! Thanks for the competition :)
    Helen x

  12. Nicola Smaller says:

    There are so many things on my list. I would love The Mat for rolling purposes, you can never have enough cutters, and I do like a lot of glitter…Every time I go to a website or shop to buy one thing I come out with ten!

  13. Catriona says:

    On my wish list is a set of plunger cutters. I really want to make small cut out shapes! I’d also love some small cake tins (i.e. smaller than 6 inch) as I want to make mini cakes.

  14. Helen McNeill says:

    I would really like a “proper” stand mixer. The one I have is a hand mixer with a stand to sit it in, not the real thing. I can’t justify the expense though, for the number of cakes I bake / decorate. *sigh*

  15. Laura says:

    On my wish list is the time to bake again! Or a magic click of the fingers to tidy after me if I do manage to find time. But realistically..a good piping set

  16. Lynne Lee-Diep says:

    A cake turntable – would make life easier when covering/smoothing down cakes :p

  17. Sarah Pitt says:

    I def need one of these; I am using a piece of PVC drain pipe at present – not heavy enough!!

  18. Sarah Pitt says:

    oh and I would want silicon lace moulds my next sugarcraft splurge!

  19. Elsie says:

    A lovely give away! – I’m still using stuff I bought over twenty years ago when I started but it’s time I updated!
    If I won the lottery….I’d like the giant cupcake mould.

  20. Elizm Cowle says:

    Almost everything as I’m just starting out. But an icing turntable would be great!

  21. Rosie Davis says:

    Am loving these top tips, so firstly thank you! Secondly…lots to choose from on my wish lost, but I would say a Kenwood or kitchen aid mixer…undecided which, but saving the pennies nonetheless! :) xxx

  22. Nat says:

    Hi I have just got one of these! Fab tip! Actually loved getting these tips this wk! Brilliant page!

  23. Catherine Hayes says:

    I would love a handy rolling pin!

  24. Jenny says:

    My wishlist is a set of proper gel colours. I have the necessary ones, but they’re out of date. I don’t use them often enough (possibly because they’re out of date) so I can’t justify the expense of buying a big set to not use them! :(

  25. Sue Pollock says:

    Cake smoothers are top of my list. However badly the sugarpaste plops onto the cake, smoothers polish out all the little bumps and crinkles and make the work look professional. But….now I’m on the subject, an airbrush would be amazing too. Still, let’s start with the basics first! And a sugerpaste rolling pin would replace my ….yes….wooden one!!

  26. Marina says:

    Great giveaway. I am lusting over one of those fabulous intricate Bundt tins for gingerbread at Christmas, covered with icing sugar snow!

  27. Tracy howard says:

    I would definitely say a fantastic piece of equipment that has been very useful to have is a very long serrated knife idea for cutting the cakes and also smoothers are a must!!!!

  28. Gill Wolstenholme says:

    I would like a cake decorating, turner spinny table to make it all a bit easier

  29. Anne Marigold says:

    I’m another one without a turntable. Used to have one but got lost in a house move!

  30. michelle warren says:

    I really could do with one of those turntables to make cake decorating easier! Love your blog ruth! xxx

  31. Sarah says:

    Wow I would love one of those rolling pins. I am loving your post right now.
    Hmm my wish list is so long and I am always adding to it. I would like a few of the icing mats and some fiddly modelling shapers to go with it. That would make me sooooo happy as I have offered to make cupcakes for my friends wedding (vintage style) and these would really help with the flowers. Your ace Ruth. xx

  32. Leanda Saunders says:

    As well as a nice big rolling pin I would love a good quality turntable :)

  33. Rachael Hatton says:

    I need some new cutters form numbers and alphabet

  34. Liz Warner says:

    I keep hoping someone will get me ‘the mat’ or an airbrush kit – but hubby says “where would I pit it?” Ohhhhh I’d find space without a doubt!!!!

  35. Erin Lewis says:

    Well in all honesty, a Silicone Rolling pin is top of my wishlist but next in line would be lots of the colour pastes from Squires Kitchen:-) Fingers crossed, it’s a great giveaway x

  36. Sue says:

    I’d love a turntable. When I ice cakes now the cake always ends up dicing with death, as I use an up-turned basin! The job gets done, but not without several expletives from me and a number of fingerprints in the fondant, where I’ve grabbed the cake as it slides north/south/east or west depending on gravity. Makes life interesting! X

  37. christina shirley says:

    I would love to win the rolling pin not for me I have one (and they are great) but for my daughter-in-law who is just started out cake decorating

  38. Katie White says:

    I am getting married next year and on my wedding list is a white cake stand, the one you thread ribbon around the bottom. I am make my wedding cake and 150 cupcakes as well so would love a couple of embossing mats so I can decorate the fondant for the top of the cupcakes.

  39. Michelle Kirby says:

    My list is too long! Whenever I cross one “must have” off the list, something else replaces it. I’m currently obsessed with the Karen Davies crochet moulds! I would also love another set of edge cutters. Oh and, I definitely would like a different set of alphabet cutters . . . . . . .sigh. The list goes on and on!!!

  40. Maria says:

    I’d love a big rolling pin, I only have a little one… I’d also really like a turntable thingy, sorry not sure what the proper name is!

  41. I’d really like a cake turntable – I’m always worried I’m going to push my cakes on the floor!

  42. Gillian wilson says:

    I would really love a rotating turntable and as much knowledge as possible, brilliant sight xx

  43. Kathy Sirl says:

    Ooooh, I really do want with one of these! I also could do with a set of formers for flowers or a set of textured rolling pins or anything else on my never ending list of ‘Oh that would come in handy’ things!
    Thanks for the great posts and tips!

  44. Angela Peel says:

    Next thing on my cakey makey wish list is a full size sugar veil mat.Not picky,any old one will do lol!

  45. Pamela Benn says:

    What a clever idea, I would never have thought about protecting the rolling pin. It would have just gone in the drawer with the others

    On my own wish list is one of those big silicone mats for when I am making cookies with my grandchildren.

  46. Clare says:

    I am new to making larger cakes so am trying to build up my equipment as I go, on my wish list apart from a longer rolling pin is a turntable and lots of cutters etc to make life a bit easier :-)

  47. Tricia Morrison says:

    I love the icing sculptor tool – but I’d have to get the turntable with it! I thnk I’d make a mess of it trying to walk round my table:)

  48. Nathalie Jade says:

    Great tip, my icing never has the quality finish but then again I admit I only have a wooden rolling pin, slightly warped as my other half left it to soak in the sink! My one necessity that I don’t have for cake decorating is patience! Failing that, I would love an airbrush!

  49. Claudine Kelly says:

    My cake decorating wish list? Pretty much everything on the Pink whisk shop! An icing turntable would come in handy though…and you can never have enough cutters, can you?

  50. Mary says:

    Where to start… would love a ribbon cutter, more shape/flower cutters, modelling tools… and the list could go on and on!!

  51. Nicki Cattell says:

    Having just started to decorate cakes, and loving it I’m slowly getting the tools and equipment, one thing that I really do need is a large non stick board. Nice large rolling pin would be great to go with it!!!

  52. Medi Kadir says:

    I would love a small square cutter. I am making my son a “minecraft” craft (apparently his dream cake) and I wish I had a cutter to make the bricks. Haven’t found one anywhere. Freehand will have to do for now!

  53. Helen says:

    The tea towel pocket for the rolling pin is ingenious!

  54. Jennie Moore says:

    I would really like a turntable to help me get that perfect finish

  55. Sue says:

    I bought a small one for making flowers and oh my goodness it makes such a difference, so a big one is definitely on my list along with a turntable!

  56. R. Bradley says:

    Lovin the tips this wk :) I’d really love one of those mats u can roll fondant out on then use it to help you get it on the cake. Think it’s called ‘The Mat’ but I could be wrong :)

  57. Rebecca Waite says:

    So many things are on my wish list but top is a Kitchen Aid. Decorating wise are lots of different silicone moulds. xxx

  58. Loretta Cerioli says:

    Cake Decorating Modelling Tools would make life easier, but take away the fun of adapting household items when pushed for time.

  59. Diane Tomlinson says:

    Crikey, list….well here goes, an icing smoother (made a Lego brick cake but edges were a bit dicey), a bigger icing nozzle (thought it was big enough but have to swirl too many times!) like to try a daisy cutter (school summer Fair coming up and competitive parent baking required!)….I won’t go on!

  60. kathryn says:

    I would like some lovely fondant flower cutters.

  61. Sally barnett says:

    Oohhhhh well the bit of Kit I want in my kitchen is …….. The Silver Fox aka Mr Paul Hollywood ;) yes he would be my Perfect piece of Equipment lol x

  62. Really like the look of the daisy roller – an easy way to make a fun cake.

  63. Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me says:

    I’d like a set of the patterned rolling pins.

    angela

    @daisyangel1

  64. Lorraine says:

    I’ve been after a really good set of icing nozzles to practice my butter cream icing. I’ve been wanting to try piping flowers and more intricate patterns on my cakes.

  65. Gill Baxter says:

    On my wish list is a kenwood mixer, just to whip up those cakes and icings more professionally than my hand mixer does. Ah well…a big sugarpaste rolling pin would be great though!

  66. Sarah Ashwood says:

    I would really love to get a blissom petunia cutter and mould. They make really pretty flowers for all types of cake decorating.

  67. Lorna says:

    Cake decorating is so addictive. When I go shopping for stuff for a cake I have to go in with blinkers on as I would want all the tools in the shop. I couldn’t afford a sugarpaste roller so I got my husband to saw a 2ft piece of waste water pipe and I use that!! Brand new of course!

  68. Loulou W says:

    I would love a set of combs to make patterns in royal Icing, in fact I could convince myself that need almost anything that I see in a cook shop to be honest!

  69. Lisa Spencer says:

    Making a little case for your rolling pin is such a good idea – I must try it! Currently on my cake-decorating wishlist is a turntable – I’m sure it would make decorating large cakes so much easier! xx

  70. Pene Dean says:

    A must as well as a dedicated rolling pin would be a ‘smoother’ to give that smooth, neat, professional finish to the sugar icing on your cake.

  71. Jemma says:

    Just starting out in my cake decorating and one of these rolling pins would be fantastic. Also love the idea of the tea towel wrap to keep it safe. Next on my wishlist is an airbush kit ….

  72. Christine Ravenscroft says:

    I have just started cake decorating and would love on of these rolling pins, a turntable is on my wishlist – fingers crossed.

  73. Denise Burnett says:

    Super top tip!
    My wish list wannabe would have to be an airbrush! Such a fun bit of kit!
    Dee x

  74. Rachel says:

    I have a set of side stripe cutters on my wish list.

    Thanks for the great tip too, loving your top tips, keep them coming :-) x

  75. Liz says:

    I’d love a KopyKake projector, but can’t justify buying it just yet! I may have to settle for just getting more cutters, especially the plaque designs…

  76. Julie Paterson says:

    I have a long kit list! One thing I really need is a palette knife.

    Great blogs, loving all the tips x

  77. Julie says:

    I would love to have a spare bowl or for my freestanding Kmix, perfect for whisking egg whites.

  78. Sharon says:

    A turntable would be really handy.

  79. Sarah-Jo says:

    A good quality piping kit & nozzles would be on my wish list :0)

  80. Katie Donnelly says:

    The item at the top of my wishlist is a sugarveil mat. I’m only a hobby baker so cannot justify buying one of these just yet :) I would love a new rollong pin as my sugarpaste rolling pin is only small. Thanks for your tips Ruth. I recently purchased your book – The busy girls guide to cake decorating and love it. It has become my new bible and I used the tips in there to help me make my 1st ever wedding cake this week. Thanks again x

  81. A tilting turntable is on my wish list!

  82. A turntable so I attempt beautiful piping

  83. Jane says:

    I am making a kit for my daughter and have so far only some silicon muffin cases. So a sugar paste rolling pin would be a great addition. It is why I logged to look at the shop and saw the competition.

  84. Carly Cook says:

    I have just invested in a turntable and it has changed my life! No more worrying if I’m going to accidentally shove the cake off the worktop while trying to move it, and no more uneven(or more uneven than I can help!!) piping. The next thing on my wish list is a silicon rolling pin incidentally. I have loved the tips this week- so useful, Thank you Ruth.

  85. Alexis says:

    Love your little give aways Ruth always such good things :-)

    On my wish list is a good set of number and letter cutters got my friends little boys first birthday cake to make and they will come in handy

    Take care x

  86. Tamara Rutter says:

    I would love one of these, I’m guilty of just using my wooden rolling pin and the finish isn’t as good. My wishlist is very long but one of the other things on it is various gel colours so that I can get very creative!

  87. Emma says:

    Ooooh, I love your daily tips, and will be choosing a fab coloured teatowel to make a wrap my rolling pin if I win :) On my wish list is a set of piping nozzles, especially a bit fat one for doing great cupcake swirls!!!

  88. Sarah Hutton says:

    I’d love a turntable and has been on my wish list for quite a while! Totally agree on the pleasure of using these rolling pins but have never been able to justify buying a large one…… X

  89. Sarah Lines says:

    Next on my wish list is a bigger stand alone mixer, it would make things so much easier! Saving the pennies! Great giveaway!!

  90. I could certainly add this to my utensil drawer!

  91. Carolyn says:

    A kitchen blow torch is on my wishlist, to give italian meringue a go! Thanks for your tips

  92. Gemma says:

    Wow! Would definitely make life easier than fighting with my old school wooden rolling pin, next on my (very long) list is a turntable, too many near misses when I spin the cake round on the work top I think a turn table is safer for all parties!! Thanks gem x

  93. Lisa says:

    I would love your cake decorating book as top my essential kit then I could put the rolling pin to good use!!

  94. christine potter says:

    What I would love to have is a mini compressor instead of having to use individual propellant canisters to decorate my cakes

  95. Sarah says:

    Great giveaway. I would like turntable for when I’m decorating cakes, I’m just learning to sugarpaste so also need to invest in a rolling pin as am currently borrowing from a friend :)

  96. Pamela says:

    I would love a sugar gun. Hoping the birthday bunny sees this ;-) xx

  97. Susan Spratt says:

    I’m wistfully looking at laser stencils. I bought some mini ones to decorate gingerbread biscuits to hang on our Christmas tree this year and I think I’ve now become addicted.

  98. Stef says:

    Haha, there’s never just one thing on my cakey wish list, an airbrush, a hibiscus cutter and veined, a turntable, the largest non stick board… Endless :)x

  99. Silke says:

    I’d love to have one of those green non-stick boards to roll out bigger projects on (currently only have a very small one that’s just about okay for flower work).

  100. Shazza says:

    I have a small one of these. I would love some more more cutters as have just started my collection :-)

  101. Gina says:

    That’s easy… I’m saving up for a mixer which has been on my wish list for years! Preferably a cherry red Kitchen Aid. But a rolling pin would be lovely too!

  102. jacqui carroll says:

    Cracking tips Ruth, uve given me the confidence to have a go. I think I would like a turntable, that would be ace!!

  103. Scubamonkey says:

    A button shape mould for sugarpaste and it IS on my birthday wishlist so I shall cross everything and hope for the best! The rolling pin looks a fab idea to keep the base layer nice and smooth!

  104. Helen Huxley says:

    An air brush kit is on my wish list and has been for some time

  105. Lee says:

    An airbrush is definitely on my list and now so is sewing a tea towel for my pin!!

  106. Sarah Jones says:

    A long rolling pin would be such a great tool. I’d also love a cake turntable, or those little flower cutters that also shape the flower on both sides….but most of all I’d love an alphabet cutout set, about 4cm high (most are much smaller) and not too cursive (like the funky lettering) so I can do lettering on the cakes. I don’t think it exists but please let me know anyone if you know a good one!

  107. Andrew says:

    I would like those turntables that tilt at an angle so I can pipe intricate details on them. I find it annoying when I have to get down on eye level to pipe, because I can’t concentrate. But a whole range of food colours is also on my wishlist!

  108. Antonia D'Souza says:

    I really need a decent and good hand whisk, or a stand whisk, unfortunately I cannot afford one at the moment! I’m currently using a very thin hand blender attachment for majority of my mixing. Otherwise I attempt to do things by hand, but it doubles or triples the preparation time!!!

  109. Charlotte says:

    The item at the top of my kitchen-equipment wishlist is a spare bowl for my stand mixer – I think it would speed up proceedings where I’m making both cake and icing/frosting using the mixer!

  110. Wendy says:

    On my wish list is one of those multi mini cake tins for making mini cakes – maybe one day!

  111. spleenyone says:

    If I could I would like more of the tools you need to do more intricate modelling work for decorations. I would love this rolling pin! How did I ever think a wooden one was ok for the job?!?

  112. Cynthia Veenstra says:

    I’d love to have this long lovely roller! I only have the 9″ one and that one will do for decorating purposed, but not to cover a whole cake!

    On my list to buy are some more cupcake/muffin tins and a proper mixer :) Ohhh and all the gel colours I can find so I can make lovely rainbow cakes!! There is so much that I’d still like to have, but that rolling pin is on the top of my list :)

    I love the tips that you are giving out and they’re definitely very useful Ruth! Thanks very much for taking the time to do this for us!

  113. Helen Huxley says:

    really fancy an air brush kit

  114. Jay says:

    I’m all a bit new to cake decorating, so on my wish list is definitely a guide book on how to create lovely looking decorations – I suppose it must be a little bit like Fimo when I was young though…., surely….

  115. Syma says:

    Right well… That is difficult as I seem to buy every gadget going and over the years have stocked up well on baking goods, but it’s like having a wardrobe, you can never have enough & you always want more! Moreover there’s always always something out there that one doesn’t own & NEEDS! According to mum one never “NEEDS”, one “WANTS”, however with baking she’s finally agreed they are all NEEDS! Anyway, more to the point… The next thing on my list is sugar veil. I love the lace you can make with it.

  116. traceyh says:

    on my wish list is a turntable,and a set of lovely gel colours, the list is endless but that would do me for now at least lol xx

  117. I get this problem with my wooden rolling pin and would just love to win one these. Thanks for the tips Ruth :)

  118. Sal says:

    I’m relatively new to decorating so have LOADS of stuff on my list but I really want a load of plungers so I can make delicate decorations for my cakes and cupcakes.

  119. Rebecca Fox says:

    What a great giveaway, a silicone mat is definitely on my wish list, as well as some decent piping bags and icing sculpter

  120. Beth says:

    I need – genuinely need – a decent palette knife! I know it should be a staple piece of kit but I’ve never gotten around to getting one… always have to resort to a butter knife which reeeally doesn’t cut it!

    I also covet the entirety of Lakeland and any such store – would love some teeny tiny cutters so I could decorate cakes whatever the occasion :) Although I do have my eye on the duel colour icing bags…

  121. Sarah Docherty says:

    I’d like to get some stencils so that I can try doing that, I’ve seen it demonstrated and would love to try it

  122. Charlotte says:

    I have a very long wish list! This rolling pin being one of them! I would love an edible printer, a turntable, air brushing machine! Oh the list is endless !!

  123. Jessica Trick says:

    Top of my wish list would be pots of various coloured edible glitter! Thank you for all your tips and tricks!

  124. Piping Bags says:

    A spatula…I’m forever using the flat side of a knife to smooth things…shame on me :-)

  125. fiona taylor says:

    I have a tiny one and a big one would be great.

  126. Sylvia Turnbull says:

    Ooooohh I need one of those rolling pins!!! Also on my wishlist is a turn table for decorating cakes (which would make life SO much easier) and a large metal spatula!

  127. Lorne Marr says:

    This looks so hard to me! I will follow your tutorial and try to make the best cake for the best woman in the world for our anniversary on Saturday, so keep your fingers crossed. I hope that if it doesn’t work out well, at least we will have some fun. Thanks for the help!

  128. Bev Birkett says:

    I know that I need one of these as my old wooden pin leaves dents, marks and glitter???……. on my icing! What do I need to cope with storing and decorating a 12″ square wedding cake? Whatever it is I need one of those too x

  129. Claire says:

    I would love an airbrush kit!

  130. Alison Booth says:

    I have a small one of these rolling pins and it’s great. I could make very good use of a larger one. They give a really smooth finish, much better than other kinds of rolling pins.

  131. Thais Ortiz says:

    I wish I had an airbrush! I already hinted it, so I hope to get it for Christmas! ;P and.. I have a rolling pin but a cheap one that is meant to be non-stick and is not! so annoying! Hope I win this! x

  132. Noleen Wyatt-Jones says:

    Heavens this is just what I need and as i have a 14 year old doing an Afternoon Tea exam in June it would be perfect timing!!!

  133. Vicky Parkes says:

    This so has to beat my old fashioned wooden one! xxx

  134. Clare O'Kell says:

    A turntable would be lovely!

  135. Stacey Woods says:

    I have a very short one of these, but would love a proper one that can actually be used for a big cake!

  136. Ann Cannon says:

    That and a turntable are both on my wish list. Here’s hoping.

  137. Laura Davidson says:

    What a fab giveaway! On my wish list is a turntable… Think it would make my life much easier xx

  138. Kristina Perry says:

    I really want to try out an airbrush, Ive seen so many amazing cakes that have been decorated using one and I would love to try and master the technique.I use a wooden pin and like you say its so frustrating because its not long enough

  139. Helen Jones says:

    I,d love to win the rolling pin, also on my wish list are cake smoothers for sugar paste :)

  140. Laura Davidson says:

    What a fab giveaway!! A turntable is on my wish list…just think it would make life easier! :) xx

  141. louisa dunham says:

    Would really appreciate a sugarpaste rolling pin – Am doing a cake for my Nana’s 90th Birthday in August and it would help no end

    Thanks

    Lou

  142. Karolyn Shepherd says:

    Great tip for storing the rolling pin… just need 1 now to try it with ;) would love an airbrushing kit also!

  143. Sarah Bywater says:

    I’d love a big rolling pin, I’m using a 9″ one to roll out sugarpaste for 10″ cakes!

  144. Rebecca Drake says:

    I would love to give airbrushing a go, but if I buy an airbrush I’m going to need lots of colours and stencils too! Perhaps I’d better start with some decent storage for all the stuff I already have!

  145. Julia Glass says:

    I would love a proper set of nozzles and I am always looking out for cutters/plungers would like some hydrangea ones next as they look so pretty.

  146. Steff H says:

    I need one of those rolling pins so I can get baking after all of this revision! The I just need to get hold of a little foam pad and some flower makings tools.
    Hopefully by next summer I’ll be paramedic by day, baker and seamstress by night!

  147. Emily says:

    A spatula. Not expensive at all but for some reason I keep forgetting to buy one and am forever using any other flat kitchen utencil at hand!

  148. Zoe says:

    I would like a selection of those patterned mats you use for fondant – ooh and lots of glitter!

    I am only just starting out so still need to get lots! :)

  149. Rebecca says:

    I have a huge list, I’ve got tonnes of bits already but need (want) so much more! Top of the list would be an airbrush, would love to try one out!

  150. Nikki says:

    I would love a proper rolling pin for my sugar paste so that I don’t have a wood grain effect on every cake!
    Another item on my wish list would have to be an airbrush.

  151. Angela Rough says:

    Hi Ruth, on my wish list is a roller-like tool that cuts fondant into lace for a nice cake border or bow. I’m using my wooden rolling pin at the moment so a smooth one would be lovely :-)

  152. Nessa Carr says:

    One of these fab rolling pins might give me some encouragement to stray from buttercream and ganache!!!!

  153. Lots! But a wide array of letter and number cutters. I have none so have to do it free hand!

  154. Gail Adams says:

    Oh I’d love one of those rolling pins, I have a little one but it would be great for making biscuits! If I could choose anything I would love proper mixer it would make life so much easier than a hand one! :) Happy Friday!

  155. Adam says:

    Waiting for payday to get my hands on a cake turntable decorating without one is somewhat challenging. A decent rolling pin would make life miles easier :)

  156. Thinking of buying a pasta roller for rolling smaller pieces of sugar paste – can’t decide whether to get a free-standing one you clamp to the work surface or saving a little & getting the attachment for my Kenwood! Decisions, Decisions!

  157. Marianna Camilleri says:

    I would love some of the sugar Veil lace mats or even better, one of the their cutting machines.

    P.S: Everyone try the chocolate muffin recipe, its to die for.

    Marianna

  158. Lara causaker says:

    I would love this pin definately top of my list, followed by an airbrush! Or would it be a new mixer??!!!! Tough one! Airbrush it is!

  159. I have a never ending wish list – they is always so many wonderful new things coming out! I would really love lots of different coloured dusts to tint chocolate! x

  160. Marian says:

    I’d love an airbrush kit! Or some of those isomalt sticks and melter thingy!!! :D

  161. Janet James says:

    Would love one of these and perhaps a drawer long enough to keep it! On my wish list is a 3d nozzle to make rose cupcakes.

  162. Karen says:

    I would love one of these but can’t justify the cost. My wish list is so long, highest is a full set of icing pens, a turntable and lots of different cutters and molds

  163. Zoe Addison says:

    On my list are piping bags and nozzles and a class to teach me how to decorate cakes properly. I can bake well, but not decorate :-(. Would love the rolling pin too :-)

  164. sharon carr says:

    as a hobby baker i have picked up many bits and pieces of equipment as and when i can afford the, the one thing i wish i could have is a stainless steel worktop which would be easier to work with, I would also love to give the whole airbrushing thing a whirl, it would finish the cakes of beautifully. x

  165. Dawn says:

    I have only just started out, I’m collecting bits as I go. I have a long wish list! At the top is ‘the mat’ and I really want some embossing items and moulds ;-)

  166. Sue B says:

    I would love this, I have an old glass rolling pin that I use, it was my Nans but I am terrified that I will drop it!!
    On my wish list would be a turntable and some more nozzles and lots of spare time to practice with them :)

  167. Joanne Kaveney-Davis says:

    Having followed a couple of your recipes I would love one of these rolling pins to make it so much better!!

  168. Rebecca hurst says:

    The two pieces of kit on my wish list are a large rolling pin. I feel you’ve been watching me roll out icing! The second piece is proper racks to dry flowers on!

  169. Annie says:

    ohhhh….on my list (apart from the sugarpaste rolling pin!) hmmm….it would have to be a turntable so my big cakes would look much better!!

  170. stacey green says:

    I have a tiny one for sugarpaste flowers but not one big enough to ice a cake, probably explains the weird grooves left from my wooden one and the need to smooth, smooth, SMOOTH. I really need a turntable, but it can wait for now as I balance a plate on a cake tin and swivel it carefully that way!

  171. Elaine says:

    My lovely daughter bought me your Busy Girls Guide to Cake Decorating and the rolling pin would make it so much easier to recreate your brilliant ideas.

  172. Sheila Thompson says:

    I’d like to get some modelling tools and I love the embossed rollers too. What a great hobby this is, your tips are really appreciated, thanks.

  173. angela says:

    I would love a icing turntable a sugarveil mat but really need a mixer (saving)

  174. Pam Scott says:

    Like so many others, I could do with a lovely long rolling pin like this one, but my wish would be for an air-brushing kit. There’s so many great effects you could achieve with it.

  175. Vicky Williams says:

    I would love one of these, mine seems to have ended up with the boys playdough!!!! I’d also really love a BIG mixing bowl.

  176. teresa sanders says:

    rolling pin competition

  177. Claire Whitworth says:

    I could really do with one of the big rolling pins :-). I’m slowly building my equipment up, been baking for a good few years but decorating cakes only about a year and half.I’m learning all the time. I would love a selection of the gel colours to colour my own sugar paste.
    You are good to us, thank you xx

  178. Sheryl Stevens says:

    I am a new liker to your blog and I would love to win the 20″ rolling pin, please please please, I only have the 9″ so far as I have been practising decorating cupcakes :)

  179. Brenda Greaves says:

    Oh dear another of those things that I never knew I wanted till now”

  180. Line Porter says:

    I would love the kit for making sugar lace, but haven’t been able to justify paying out for it as it is quite expensive.

  181. Lucy C says:

    I could have done with one of these when I did my wedding cake a few weeks ago. Like many others on here, a turntable is top of my wishlist – though I’ve got no idea where I’d find the space to store it!

  182. Karen Rowland says:

    The rolling pin looks fab, I always leave lines in mine with the smaller wooden one! For those ladies in need of a turntable, I invested in a wooden lazy Susan which was 5.99 from the range, a fantastic buy, makes smoothing buttercream a doddle : )

    I think top of my wish list would be the rosé cutters, my next project is to teach myself how to do a sugarpaste rose x

  183. Joy says:

    I would love one of those rolling pins for my baking mad son who usually improvises with the roll of cling-film!

  184. Theresa O'Brien says:

    I have a tiny rolling pin and didn’t even realise they came much larger – that would make life and rolling a lot easier!!!

  185. THis is definitely on my list – I only have a wee one at the moment, which isn’t that handy at all.
    There are obviously LOADS of other things on the list too, but at the moment, I’m a bit obsessed with the idea of one of those airbrushing kits.

  186. Ellie Beaman says:

    You are right I do still use a wooden rolling pin that isn’t long enough, so I would love this, but I would also like a foam mat for shaping flowers on x

  187. madeline pearson says:

    would love some new cake decorating books -

  188. Moira Stewart says:

    I’m just starting out so a silicone rolling pin and pastry mat to roll out on are at the top of my wish list

  189. Beth Orum says:

    I’d love a Cricut Cake and an air brush, these would make such a difference to the look of my cakes!’

  190. butterflyflutterby says:

    im a newbie just starting out so my wish list is way long great tutorials though :)

  191. Adie says:

    I’m always borrowing a friend’s rolling pin for cakes so would love one of my own…as for the wishlist, where to start…?
    Think it would have to be a ProMat Fondant Application system as it would mean no more torn/stretched fondant when covering a 12″ cake!

  192. Tania says:

    While the large rolling pin is definately one on my list of must haves, I’d also have to say the sugarveil lace kit. I saw this in action at the Cake International Show and absolutely love the technique.

  193. Gail says:

    Can see why this would be so very handy! Thanks for all of your tips, Ruth! :)

  194. Lyn de Jesus says:

    Most of the time I decorate with royal icing or buttercream, but lately I’ve started making Gum Paste flowers. I could always use a few more flower shaped plunge cutters, and another ball tool.

  195. I would LOVE an airbrush! It’s on my Birthday wish list but we’ll see :) x

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