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.

 Buttercream

graydon hall weddings Fondant

 Royal Icing Flowers

 Marzipan Leaves & Acorns

 Meringue

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

Happy Planning & God Bless!

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