For many people, me being one of them, the frosting is the best part of the cake. Don’t you agree? It’s sweet, fragrant, and it goes so well with the bread. Like, if you can just buy the icing itself, you would buy a lifetime supply to try it on other desserts to see how good it goes well, wouldn’t you? Here now we enumerate the different types of frostings and how they are made so you can attempt a homemade version. Also, next time you bake or buy a cake, you’ll know exactly what to choose!
Buttercream can be made at home by creaming butter with confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and milk. This soft, buttery icing can be spread over a cake or piped into a variety of beautiful patterns because it sets perfectly. It can also be flavored with color or chocolate and is perfect for cupcakes. Buttercream hardens on refrigeration but it does melt easily.
Ganache sounds fancy but it’s simply Belgian chocolate melted with double cream. This frosting makes a shiny glaze on cakes and cookies but it can also have a matte appearance so you can pipe it into decorations. You can also chill and beat a ganache and use the fluffy result to quickly frost a layer cake.
This type of frosting is stiff, shiny, and can be kneaded and rolled out to cover big cakes, wedding cakes, cakes that require traveling, and customized cakes that have irregular shapes. Fondant can be made at home and there are tons of recipes available online, most of them requiring only confectioner’s sugar, gelatin powder, and glucose syrup. Fondant is actually usually purchased, ready to be rolled and draped over a cake or cut into designs and shapes. It comes in white and ivory shades, but can be tinted to any color you wish too.
Glaze is a simple type of frosting . To prepare it, simply combine confectioner’s sugar with a heated liquid to form a thin consistency. It is then poured or drizzled over the tops of cakes, cookies, and other types of pastries too. This forms a shiny hard crust when the glaze sets.