Icing on the Cake

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Wedding cake can be the perfect finish to an amazing day.  It could even be called the icing on the cake, and that's exactly what we're discussing today- icing.  Such a sweet topic can provide an unpleasant experience, if certain things aren't taken into consideration.  Below are a few types of icing and what makes each unique.

1. Buttercream- A blend of butter, cream, sugar, and vanilla that is the simplest icing to prepare.  It a favorite by many because of its delicious taste.  It is not recommended for outdoor weddings because it can not withstand heat.  Even if your wedding is inside, a cake with buttercream icing can not be left out for a long period of time.

2. Fondant-  A mixture of sugar, water, and cream of tartar that cooked, cooled, and kneaded until it is pliable.  It provides a clean finish on cakes.  It is known to have an unpleasant chewy taste.  It can hold up in all temperature conditions, making it a great choice for outdoor weddings.

 3. Royal- A combination of egg whites, confectioner's sugar, and a few drops of lemon juice make royal icing.  It hardens when dry and is often used to create flowers and other decorations on cakes.  It is a favored icing at grocery store bakeries.  Its texture is crunchy and very sweet.

4. Marzipan- Made of hardened almond paste, sugar, and sometimes unbeated egg whites, marzipan is typically used for decorations.  Most often seen as ribbons on wedding cakes.

5. Meringue- A mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and granulated sugar that will not work unless the sugar is completely dissolved (add small amounts at a time).  It is often seen atop lemon meringue pie, but can be used on cakes.  Like buttercream, it can not withstand very much heat.


graydon hall weddings Fondant

 Royal Icing Flowers

 Marzipan Leaves & Acorns


(Images: 1- Sedona Wedding Cakes  2- The Caketress 3- Brides Magazine  4- Unknown 5- Brides Magazine)

Happy Planning & God Bless!

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