Best icing turntables – on test

We asked Great British Bake Off contestants Edd Kimber, John Whaite and Frances Quinn to review kitchen equipment and baking kit. Discover their top icing turntables and buyer's advice.

Best blowout buy

Ateco cake stand on white backgroundAteco revolving cake stand with non-stick pad, around £120

This professional-standard turntable is worth buying if you bake on a regular basis. While it’s much more expensive than the other models, it comes with the added bonus that the attractive metal base doubles up as a presentation stand. It spins easily and feels robust, plus the non-stick surface means your cake won’t slide anywhere. Available from Amazon.

Best bargain

Andrew James icing turnable with coffee cake

Andrew James icing and decorating turntable, £11.99

This plain, plastic stand won’t win any beauty contests, but for price it can’t be beaten. The turntable has decent height and the heavy-duty white plastic is hygienic and easy to clean, while feeling study enough to hold a dense bake. Buy from Andrew James.
 

Best non-stick

Plastic icing stand on white backgroundPME icing turntable, £15

This squat stand is shallower than the others, but it features non-slip feet and buttons to securely fix the cake in place. The spin function is reliable and doesn’t jolt, and it rotates freely meaning there’s no need to stop and start when embarking on an icing session. Buy from Nisbets.

Buyer's advice

Cakes on icing turntables

Why buy?

If you’re a serious baker who loves getting stuck into elaborate cakes and sugarwork, an icing turntable is for you. You use it by placing an undecorated cake onto its rotating surface, then turning it around as you smooth sheets of icing, apply buttercream with a palette knife, pipe tufts of frosting or stick decorations around the side of your bake.

What should I buy?

Edd, John and Frances all agreed that the most important thing to look for is a model that spins easily. If the turntable is stiff and doesn’t rotate well, it might actually make it more difficult to decorate the cake. As you want the cake to stay put, a non-stick base is essential. Francis advises that you want a turntable with plenty of height – it shouldn’t be too shallow, especially if your kitchen work surface is low. If you make a lot of fancy cakes, the bakers say you should think about investing in an expensive, professional turntable with a cast iron base, as they're far more sturdy than cheaper plastic models. 

What did we look for?

Edd Kimber and John Whaite testing products A good spin: We looked for a turntable that spins easily and smoothly.
No embellishments: It’s important the turnable is plain, with no aesthetic flourishes that might distract from the cake.
A non-stick surface: A base that the cake clings to.
Height: We looked for models with long bases that stand tall and away from the work surface.

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