What Frosting To Use In Your Cake Decorating

What Frosting To Use in​ your​ Cake Decorating
Those of​ us who are into cake decorating, think of​ the beautiful icing designs when we think of​ cake .​
Icing is​ the finishing touch on​ cakes, cookies, and​ cupcakes .​
There are several different types of​ icing used in​ cake decorating .​
The choice of​ icing while cake decorating, will have a​ great deal to​ do with how the decorated cake will look .​
1 .​
Buttercream Icing: Buttercream is​ the icing that is​ used the most in​ cake decorating .​
this​ is​ the same type of​ frosting that we can buy readymade in​ the grocery store .​
this​ icing is​ easy to​ use and​ easy to​ make .​
The ingredients are confectioners sugar, and​ butter or​ shortening .​
What you​ use to​ thin​ the frosting will differ with the icing texture you​ need to​ work with, to​ determine whether to​ use eggs or​ milk .​
Take care when thinning the frosting, remember, a​ little milk goes a​ long way .​
if​ you​ find the frosting is​ too thin, you​ can add a​ bit of​ confectioners sugar to​ thicken it.

To assure an​ even finish on​ your​ frosting, dip the icing spatula in​ cold water to​ make the surface smooth .​
this​ will give a​ smoother finish for​ writing .​
Buttercream is​ used to​ create flowers and​ other decorations made with a​ pastry bag .​
The icing needs to​ be the right consistency to​ make flower petals or​ writing .​
When you​ make roses out of​ icing, you​ can freeze them and​ add them to​ the cake later .​
this​ will make them easier to​ handle.
Buttercream can be stored in​ the refrigerator without getting hard .​
Make sure it​ is​ back to​ room temperature before you​ attempt to​ use it.
2 .​
Foam Icing: this​ is​ a​ meringue and​ is​ used on​ lemon​ pie or​ Baked Alaska .​
this​ frosting is​ made of​ egg whites beaten into stiff peaks .​
It is​ possible to​ add flavoring and​ color to​ the meringue .​
you​ will not be able to​ use this​ icing for​ intricate cake decorating, and​ you​ won't be able to​ use an​ icing bag with this​ icing .​
this​ icing is​ used when you​ want the cake to​ look fluffy, with little ornate decoration.
3 .​
Fondant: this​ icing is​ very popular with those who decorate wedding cakes, and​ cakes for​ very special occasions .​
The ingredients are simply powdered sugar, water, cream of​ tartar, or​ glucose .​
Fondant is​ thick and​ doughy, with a​ silky, smooth, texture .​
Fondant will give the cake a​ flawless surface, and​ soft, rounded edges .​
Working with fondant is​ an​ art and​ will take practice to​ get it​ right .​
Fondant has a​ translucent quality, and​ will work best when placed on​ the cake over a​ thin​ layer of​ buttercream frosting.
4 .​
Fudge Icing: Fudge icing is​ made from chocolate, peanut butter, almond, or​ mint .​
this​ icing is​ quite thick and​ contains both shortening and​ butter.
5 .​
Glazes: this​ frosting is​ thin​ and​ watery, and​ will harden into a​ shell after it​ is​ placed on​ the cake .​
this​ frosting is​ mostly used on​ pastries .​
Glazes help to​ keep the pastry moist .​
6 .​
Flat Icing: this​ icing is​ similar to​ a​ glaze, but it​ is​ a​ bit thicker .​
Flat icing is​ a​ combination​ of​ confectioner's sugar and​ water and​ is​ used to​ drizzle onto pastries.
7 .​
Royal Icing: this​ is​ also a​ flat icing, and​ hardens after it​ is​ set .​
Royal icing is​ a​ wonderful choice to​ make flowers, sculptures, and​ garnishes for​ cake decorating.
you​ can use any combination​ of​ the basic seven icings listed, to​ create a​ personal masterpiece .​
you​ will need to​ practice before you​ become good at​ cake decorating .​
you​ will get the hang of​ it​ sooner than you​ think, and​ even the mistakes will taste great.

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