It is all about Icing!
You simply can’t decorate a cake without icing, can you?
When it comes to cake decorating icing rules!
Whatever it is that you are working with; here are two popular choices when it comes to the world of cake decoration. Cake icing can be as simple as an easy to make glaze, or it can be complicated as an elaborate fondant.
The Classic Icing – Butter cream
The most common type of cake icing is the butter cream icing. This is a simple yet classic icing that you can whip up at the last minute.
You mix unsalted butter with milk and confectioners’ sugar. That’s all. If you want you can add some flavoring like vanilla.
Use it to cover your cake, or spread it inside the cake and use it to layer the cake, kind of “gluing” the different layers of the cake together.
It is important to use the right amount of icing and avoid over doing it with the cake icing.
A butter cream icing has a buttery, sweet flavor. The texture is creamy and smooth and many pastry chefs generally favor that type of icing because it is so easy to work with.
Royal icing is another popular type of icing. The biggest mark of royal icing is that it is made using meringue powder.
Royal icing also has a sweet taste and flavor, but it is very different from butter cream icing because it dries much faster and harder. Royal icing is generally reserved for creating mold figures and lace work.
This type of icing is well suited for making figure piping, creating flower decorations, and filigree designs. This kind of icing is used on gingerbread houses in order to achieve small details and delicate borders. Royal icing tends to harden and ‘hold’ parts together. It is common used in Europe to ice many different kinds of fruit wedding cakes.
Rolled Fondant Icing
Rolled fondant icing has a consistency that is similar to play dough. It is a smooth and flat icing that can be rolled, as the name implies. In fact, rolled fondant icing is generally rolled out like dough and then it is molded over the cake.
Rolled fondant can be difficult to work with, but with the right instructions any
can use fondant Icing and create beautiful cakes!
Another popular form of fondant icing is known as poured fondant icing. As the name implies, this is type of rolled fondant icing that begins as a liquid. It is poured over the surface of the cake and then it dries.
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