Cake Decoration - Icing Makes the Difference

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Published: 01st December 2010
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A cake will not be enticing if it doesn't have colorful and creative icing carefully placed on top. The first thing to keep in mind is to secure the necessary cake decorating tools such as spatulas, picks and a high quality piping bag. When you are just starting, you can buy a set of these tools in supermarkets at affordable prices. But see to it that you buy quality brands.

Armed with the tools, you can now throw up some basic cake decorations with beautiful icing. However, do you know that there are actually as many as 5 different icings for you to choose from? Every type has its distinct quality and can be perfect for a specific style or cake. To maximize each, continue reading and discover in what ways you can use the various kinds.

1. Fondant Icing

Fondant icing, one of the most popular types of icings around, is what you commonly see on wedding and birthday cakes. It looks like a porcelain and provides silky smooth texture which gives an elegant look to your cake. Fondant icings are a great choice for creating flowers, ribbons and other generic designs that fit into the category of classy and elegant. Of course, you can use them for almost anything but white roses look exceptional on a wedding cake. Just like any kind of icing, these are made out of sugar and water, thus it is icing is very fattening.

2. Foam Icing

This is the cornerstone of cake decoration. Together with fondant icing, the foam type of icing is the most popular type of icing used in cake decoration. Its texture is creamy and silky texture and smooth to touch. For those who prefer a fluffy and creamy cake top, this is the ideal icing for you.

3. Fudge Icing

As the name suggests, this is an excellent choice for those who love chocolates. Next is the fudge icing that is commonly seen on chocolate cakes and tiramisu. Often called ganache, fudge icing has dark color, therefore it works best on any light colored cakes. Fudge icing is also good in any ordinary cake if you want to add some more chocolaty taste.

4. Glazes

An entirely different sort of icing from those mentioned above, glazes are watery in texture and tend to flow down the sides of a cake. A lot of cakes use glaze to give the pastry a unique overflowing look. This works well on a chocolate cake with white top. White glaze along with passion fruit icing is also delicious.

Take the time to learn a bit about the different types of icing as they each have different properties and are suited to different styles of cakes.


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