How to cover a cake with sugarpaste

This easy step-by-step guide will show you how to cover a cake easily in sugarpaste. It’s really simple once you know how!

Watch our guide on how to cover a cake with sugarpaste. It’s really easy and once you’ve mastered this classic technique you can decorate other cakes e.g. different shape, size with sugarpaste.

This technique is perfect for decorating birthday cakes, Christmas cakes and other cakes for special occasions.

1. Knead sugarpaste to soften it and roll it out on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar until it’s large enough to cover the top and sides of the cake, and for the largest cake to cover the top of the cake drum, too. Brush water over the marzipan and lift the sugarpaste over the cake and cover the same way as for the marzipan. Rub the surface smooth. If there are any air bubbles, then pierce the sugarpaste using the scriber tool or pin, press the air out and then rub over the surface to disguise the hole.

2. For the largest cake, it’s easier to use a turntable if you have one, and brush water over the top of the cake drum as well as the marzipan. After lifting the sugarpaste over the cake as in Steps 1-3 press the sugarpaste against the cake drum, too, and then cut away any excess around the edge of the cake drum, smooth and re-trim if necessary.