Types Of Icing

The most popular icings for cakes, cupcakes and cookies are Buttercream icing, Royal icing, Cream cheese icing, Fondant

Buttercream Icing

The Buttercream icing is one of the most used icing in the cake decorating world. Is best to use for icing your cake and cupcakes, piping beautiful borders, stunning flowers and figurines.

It is based on butter, but also could be made with vegetable shortening or combination of both.

There are many different kind of buttercream icing, depends on the ingredients and the method of cooperating the ingredients:

  • American Buttercream
  • Italian Meringue Buttercream
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
  • German Buttercream
  • French Buttercream …

 

Royal Icing

Royal icing is fat free icing and is made with fresh egg whites, pasteurized egg whites or Wilton Meringue Powder.

Dries candy-hard for long lasting decorations. All the royal icing decorations should be made ahead of time so they have time to dry completely. Once they are dry will last for very long time if properly stored.

Not recommended for icing your cake as it does dry very hard you can’t cut through with knife, but it’s perfect to pipe flowers and with a little change in the recipe you can decorate  beautiful cookies with it.

You can color and flavor Royal icing, when dried you can paint or airbrush them.

Cream Cheese Icing

Cream Cheese icing is made of combination of butter and cream cheese. It’s soft and goes perfectly with carrot cake, red  velvet cake, devils food cake, cupcakes and cinnamon buns.

One very important thing to take in consideration is that the butter and the cream cheese have to be at room temperature in order to mix properly to a smooth and creamy icing.

Fondant

Fondant is dough like consistency and it’s use mostly for covering wedding cakes and birthday cakes and cupcakes for more sophisticated look. It makes perfect bows, cutouts, flowers and figurines.

It will give your cake sharp, professional smooth look and will keep your cake moist.

There are few different brands that have ready to use fondant for sell in many colors. Some of the most popular brands are:

  • Satin Ice
  • Fondarific
  • Wilton
  • FondX
  • Carma

You can make your own Fondant from scratch or from marshmallow. Fondant could be colored with the gel colors, color dust or airbrushed.

I always recommend that you should buy a package before you are ready to make your own, just to see the consistency so you’ll know what to look for in your home made fondant as far as the texture goes.