On test: The best icing turntables

We called upon the skills of some of our best baking friends – Great British Bake Off contestants Edd Kimber, John Whaite and Frances Quinn – to discover the finest kitchen equipment out there. Read on to discover what you should be looking for when buying a cake decorating turntable and which product is right for you…

On test: The best icing turntables

Why buy?

Frances turntableIf 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?

John Whaite turntableA good spin: We looked for a turntable that spins easily and smoothly.

Zero 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.

Our top three icing turntables

Best... Investment piece

Ateco standAteco revolving cake stand with non-stick pad

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.

By Ateco, available from Cake Decorating Company or Sugar Shack.

Best… Budget model

Andrew James turntableIcing and decorating turntable

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.

£5.99, from Andrew James


Best… Non-stick

Nisbets turntablePME icing turntable

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.

£13.99, from Nisbets


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This review was last updated in November 2015. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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