I love to decorate cakes for birthdays and other special occasions. Because of that I am always on the look out for new products to make my cakes even more special.
When it comes to cake decorating, Wilton is the name to trust. Nobody provides a better selection of baking utensils and supplies for cake decoration.
Although I usually make all of my frostings from scratch, I also like decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies along with my grandchildren. They, of course, want to use products that are simple enough for them to use all by themselves.
While they can handle those plastic decorating bags, they don’t much care for them. They are a bit bulky to hold and hard for them to squeeze. Therefore, we often turn to Wilton’s pre-made and easy decorating tubes.
We love Wilton’s decorating tubes. They come in a lot of different colors and you can buy several different tips to use in conjunction with them.
Recently; however, we decided to try the Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing that comes in a can. It also comes with four snap on tips to use in decorating. These include the small and large round tips as well as the star and leaf tips.
Like the decorating tubes, the can comes in a variety of colors. These include black and white; red, blue, yellow, green primary shades and pink, yellow, blue and green pastels.
To apply one of the included tips you simply twist it off the holder. Then put it onto the can nozzle, screwing it a clockwise direction.
Next, hold the can upside down at about a 45-degree angle. Using your index finger, begin dispensing the icing. Once it flows freely, you can turn the can to the angle desired for the decoration being performed and it is ready to go.
According to Wilton, their Ready-to-Decorate Icing is easy to use and fun. Unfortunately, neither I nor my grandchildren found that to be true for several reasons.
First of all, the can is too large in diameter for someone with small hands like myself or a child. It is difficult to hold the can securely while also using the index finger to disperse the icing.
While you can support the can with your other hand, as suggested by Wilton, that leaves no hand free to move the cake if need be. It is simply very awkward to use.
Next, unless you can apply a perfectly even pressure as you dispense the icing, the end result is anything but professional looking. While an accomplished decorator might get this down pat in no time flat, it will be hard for an amateur.
Finally, while the tips are washable, they are very difficult to get clean because they are so small. Even the smallest amount of icing left inside the tip will clog it, rendering it unusable a second time.
Ingredients for Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing include: artificial coloring, citric acid, cornstarch, corn syrup, cottonseed oil, glucono delta lactone, mono and digyclerides, natural and artificial flavors, polysorbate 60, potassium sorbate, salt, soybean lecithin, sugar, titanium dioxide, vegetable oil, water and wheat starch.
The icing should be stored at room temperature until time to use it. It does not require refrigeration even after the seal has been broken.
There are 30, 1-tsp. servings of icing in each 6.4-oz can. Each serving equals 25 calories. About one-third of those are fat-related.
There are 4 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fat and 5 micrograms of salt in each serving. However, there is no measurable amount of trans fat or cholesterol.
Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing contains no other nutritional value in the form of protein, fiber, vitamins or nutrients. Used sparingly, it should not hurt anyone watching his or her overall weight.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. The taste is a bit odd. That is likely do to the preservatives and emulsifiers necessary to keep the icing in useable condition or the artificial coloring used to make the various icing shades.
Appearance: 5 stars: This icing looks pretty. The color is uniform and an accurate representation of the shade chosen.
Nutrition: 3 stars. The carb and sugar intake may give some people pause. However, it isn’t sufficiently high enough to worry most people who are watching their intake of those items. On the other hand, this frosting has no real nutritional value.
Ease: 2 stars. This product is convenient but not really easy to use. It takes a lot of practice to get a uniform, professional effect.
Green rating: 0 stars. Wilton Ready-to-Decorate Icing comes in an aerosol can that isn’t recyclable or biodegradable.
Packaging: 3 stars. The can varies from color to color. It mirrors the shade of the frosting against a white background. While it is colorful, making it easy to find on the store shelf, it isn’t anything to write home about and the Wilton logo is almost obscured from view.
Ease of storage: 3 stars. The can isn’t very big at 5″ in height (with the protective cap on). It is about 2″ in diameter. It should fit easily into a cabinet, pantry or drawer.
Availability: 4 stars. Wilton products can be found at any craft store or store that sells cake decorating supplies. They can also be found at most large grocery marts.
Price: 3 stars. The cost is a little expensive at between $4 and $5 per color, depending upon where the purchase is made.
Product purchase probability: 0 stars. I’m switching back to the tubes. They are easier to handle and have more tip options.
Final rating: 2.8 stars. I don’t think this product is worth the money.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor