Frosting And The Cake- Tips On Choosing The Right Frosty Touch

There is a very good reason why we say “icing on the cake”. It is a finishing so sweet that it makes any cake better than expected. This is why, when choosing the frosting you want splattered on the cake to finesse, here are a few tips to consider. Please read on.

Do you want buttercream?

Margarine or buttercream is a popular frosting choice, but best for venues where the climes are not humid and hot. The latter would make it drip and run, and this is certainly what you don’t want happening. Buttercream is a combination of liquid, flavorings and powdered sugar, and a little cornstarch for stability. You also have buttercream frosting that are made from sugar that is already granulated. Some classic versions of buttercream frosting cakes have custard in them too. However, all types of buttercream frosting cakes would need proper refrigeration arrangements before the cake cutting is done.
Think about cooked frosting
Sugar and egg whites are used in most classic cooked frostings, and with an assortment of flavours, they are combined in double boilers. Cooked frostings are shapely because the egg white proteins when in contact with heat are all coagulated. Frostings needs to be cooked at a certain temperature for the right consistency to shape in. Remember, frostings are not sturdy and are very delicate. They have to be eaten soon or else would get absorbed into the cake within a days time.
What about whipped cream?
Another popular choice of frostings would be the touch of whipped cream on cakes. Made from whipped cream, flavorings and powdered sugar, along with cornstarch the stabilized frosting is used. However, such frostings too would need cool climes around to be very stable or else they would melt, drip and run. If you plan to have side cakes and tea cakes, short cakes and cupcakes or cookies with such frosting touches, the decision would be okay.
The royal icing
This is a form of icing that has come down since time immemorial for cakes and cookies. Made from powdered sugar and egg whites and liquid, the consistency of the same holds best for any type of occasion. Moreover, with royal icing, one can use plenty of decor and embellishments without a worry, since the frosting holds firm and for a very long time.
It is a fancy term to the ears for many, but ganaches are a french term for chocolate melted delights, and heavy cream. If you prefer your cake to have a rich and a very shiny glaze, this is the frosting you should opt for.
You can even glaze the cake up
Simple and made from powdered sugar with a combo of liquids, glazes can be qa thin consistency your cakes can be bathed in. They are drizzled or poured onto the cake and forms a thin shiny crust upon setting. Melted chocolate always has a glaze of its own.

Make your decision well after weighing the pros and cons!

Icing On The Cake- Here’s How To Plan And Choose Yours For The Wedding

Talking about weddings, and we have to mention the wedding cake. A wedding cake is an integral part of any wedding, which you would look forward to and the guests would relish. More than just putting up a slice for enjoyment for them all, you as a the host needs to figure out the prominent symbols and the style of the icing the cake should have. More than just being a traditional symbol, a wedding cake would be the way to express yourself, in your own quirky and imaginative way. And you can customize wedding cakes to that of your personality and lifestyle too. Here are a couple of ideas.

Thinking of lifestyle quirks
The new age couple is into gaming, at least some of us are. This is why, these days you would notice quirky wedding cakes in the form of gamepads and gaming consoles. Some that love teddies, would have teddies adorning the cakes, some would have a myriad range of flowers in exotic colors and shapes on them. Gone are the days when wedding cakes are meant to be only in pristine white. Since the wedding is always considered to be an auspicious and a very colorful one, cakes too with their icing have turned a new leaf.

When it comes to the icing
What we mentioned above were just examples, and remember, your wedding cake with the right combination can make many mouths praise the arrangement for a very long time to come. There are many popular choices of icing options that have come down the centuries, which you can choose from, however, it would be best to sample a few before you finalize which one you want. Here are a couple of more options to think about.

The yummy buttercream
Buttercream would be the most popular of all icing options on wedding cakes to have, and are value for money too when you are talking about paying the vendor per slice. It is not too sweet, and the texture is always creamy and smooth; soft and holds perfect to house the cake decor as a base too. It is made with butter, and hence the climes where the wedding venue needs to be apt for this type of icing to stay put for long. If it is an outdoor wedding that you would be having, you can opt for shortening instead, so that the cake does not drip and run.

Fondant is a good choice
One of the most versatile of all icings out there wold be fondant; it is simple and combines glycerine, corn syrup, gelatin and sugar. The fondant base is rolled into sheets and then the same is wrapped onto the cake, which brings about a clean texture and a smooth finish. Fondant icings are perfect for all weddings and climes, and they never drip or run.

Whippy icing
Icing made from whipped creams are beautifully textured and made for the wedding, and they are very light and soft to look, feel and touch. However, if you are looking to serve the guests at an outdoor wedding, and if it is too hot or humid, such cakes wont last the test of time. You should have proper refrigeration arrangements made should you insist on beautiful whipped cream wedding cakes for your big day.

Choose wisely!