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Has anyone compared both products?  I love the effect they have and wanted to invest in a started kit but not sure which way to go.  Any tips gratefully received and can anyone tell me which if either of these products can be coloured.

 

Thanks for your help!

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I have only used sugarveil, but looked into the candy lace product. Their website says that it doesn't go yellow like sugarveil does and that it stays pliable.

 

Depending on what you are doing you might want it to stay pliable, or you might want it to harden like sugarveil does. Other than that, the only difference would be the price. I looked very quickly, so you may find better/different prices, but I found the candy lace to be about 40% to 100% more expensive. I believe it is from South Africa, which could be why it costs more after its imported to the USA.

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Has anyone ever tried the Sweet Lace Express?  I received an email from Cake Craft World in the UK advertising this product.  Looking at their video, it looks like it's almost more like fondant than what Sugarveil seems to be, but I'm not sure.  Didn't watch the whole video.  I really like the lace look and want to learn how to do it, but I'm strictly a hobby baker and am trying to make a decision about which way to go without having to spend huge amounts of money.  The lace mats and molds are expensive as it is, so am hoping to at least save some on the medium itself.

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I wonder if gum paste/fondant 50/50 would work? I was not able to see that paste avail in U.S.

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Hi, thank you for your replies and apologies for how long it's taken me to get back to you!  I can now tell you I have tried the Claire Bowman cake lace and I've been very happy with the results.  It takes a bit of fiddling with oven temp and times but lovely lovely pliable lace which can be snipped into pieces or used as a whole.  I would definitely recommend it!

 

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Well ladies, let me tell you my experience with both products.

 

HATE sugarveil :-t but absolutely LOVE cake lace ;-D --- unfortunately I'm in the USA and cake lace is in the UK and yup I paid a fortune on shipping!!

 

Sugarveil was total nightmare for me :-x -- the first time I made it it never set...the next time I tried drying it in my oven under the oven light, and this time it got so dry that it broke in a thousand pieces :cry: -- So, the third time it, sort of, worked but it was a struggle to apply to the cake and when we cut it I noticed the lace dragged which looked awful...it was a cake for my daughter so I helped to cut it.

I honestly don't know if I got a damaged product or it was too humid in my house or what happened but it did NOT work for me. That was about a year ago and I don't know if their product has improved by now, but I have not used it again...and I still have a big bag of it sitting in my cover :mad:

Now, let me tell you about Cake Lace... it is HEAVEN in my world :) --- it worked perfect the first time!! It set faster than I expected and it stayed flexible, soft but it did not break easily. I also experimented by freezing (already made lace) for about a month and guess what? it defrosted perfect and was still flexible and soft!! I totally love it and I don't care if I have to pay a fortune for something that work as well. Oh, and it does not drag when you cut the cake. So, there you have it.

 

Btw, my whole life I've loved lace and when I discoved cake lace I thought...."Ahhh, this was made exclusively for me" lol :-D:-D

 

Sorry for the long post, but I had to tell you my experience. Maybe sugarveil has worked for some of you, but it didn't for me.

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Thanks Rosie2 - I would certainly agree with you on the cake lace - though i'm lucky enough to live in the uk so no shipping!  Gives such a beautiful clean effect!

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Thanks Rosie2 - I would certainly agree with you on the cake lace - though i'm lucky enough to live in the uk so no shipping!  Gives such a beautiful clean effect!

Ahhhh, how lucky you are my dear!!!  ;-D ---  I'm praying that some day a distributor brings it to the USA!! ---I still have plenty of it so far since I ordered the 5lbs bag and I don't do cakes as a business. So, I don't really use it that much. Although I just noticed that now she sells some pre-mixed icing and colored too! (gold, silver, black) so, I'm trying to find an excuse to place an order LOL!!  :grin:  :-D

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I had no luck with Sugarveil, hated the stuff.  It would stick to itself when I tried to take it off the mat.  Haven't tried Cake Lace, but am thinking of trying the colored ones.


I personally really like Sugar Dress.  It is available through either Global Sugar Art or Sugar Delights.  

If you got to GSA, they have a video tutorial on how to use it.  I followed those instructions, and it worked great.  I prefer the oven method than just setting up at room temp.  I did it twice, once using the oven, once letting sit overnight.  I applied a second coat in the morning, and let it set till I came home from work.  I had a little bit of tearing, so I put it in the oven at 170F for 10 mins.  After it was cool, it came out much easier.  

I folded it up and put it in a baggie.  Took it out, and it unfolded with no sticking.  And one that had set out almost two days on a sheet pan was still soft and pliable. I also noticed less air bubbles when it was baked compared to leaving out to dry.

 

I dusted it with super gold lustre dust.  That's one reason I want to try Cake Lace since it comes pre-colored.

 

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You can get Cake Lace here in the US. I purchased mine from Global Sugar Art and I love it.

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You can get Cake Lace here in the US. I purchased mine from Global Sugar Art and I love it.


Sorry, I meant Sugar Dress, which I believe is the same.

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Sorry, I meant Sugar Dress, which I believe is the same.


Sugar Dress, really?...have you try it? is it easy to handle?

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post #13 of 37
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Ooh that lace is very pretty, like little leaves, Rychevamp! I have used the precoloured gold cake lace too, I used it against the black in this cake

 

https://www.facebook.com/CakeTalesDreams/photos/pb.517107471632624.-2207520000.1394789165./760542187289150/?type=3&theater

 

The flowers are wafer paper on the cake, and the magnolia is sugar.

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Does any one know how well this holds up to moisture? I do mostly non dairy whipped topping cakes and I would love to try this. But whopped topping is very moist, I wonder if this stuff would start to melt?

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Ooh that lace is very pretty, like little leaves, Rychevamp! I have used the precoloured gold cake lace too, I used it against the black in this cake

 

https://www.facebook.com/CakeTalesDreams/photos/pb.517107471632624.-2207520000.1394789165./760542187289150/?type=3&theater

 

The flowers are wafer paper on the cake, and the magnolia is sugar.

Very nice cake.  I like the gold against the black.  The leaf pattern I did is going on chocolate fondant.  I'm going to try the pre-colored, especially  the black.

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