Fondant Icing Or Buttercream Icing
What's the difference?
When choosing a wedding cake, one of the things you will need to ponder upon is whether to go with the fondant cake or the buttercream. Most of us know that there are great cake designs (thanks to Pinterest). Other than that, some of us know that there it two types of cakes; the delicious one and the one that is not.
Fondant wedding cake and buttercream refers to the two major wedding cake designs. In this case, we are talking about the frosting, covering, icing, decoration, whichever name you call it. It is what gives the cake its unique design and flavor.
What is Fondant wedding cake?
Fondant is a sugar paste that is kneaded until it turns silky or play-dough-like. It is then rolled out and draped over a sculpted or simple cake to create a smooth seamless cake finish in any desired colour. It is popular because it can be easily sculpted into any shape, decoration, and other design elements. These types of cakes are loved because they can remain fresh for days especially when put in a fridge which comes in handy especially if the event is during summer. This means that the cake can be just covered with the plain icing and then set aside for the big day, to be decorated on site. This ensures that the intricate decorations and designs do not get messed up during transportation.
Are you supposed to eat fondant?
If you love eating cake frosting, then fondant is not for you. It is usually sickeningly sweet and also has a synthetic feel on the mouth that most people cannot stand. People choose fondant mainly because it helps them achieve specific designs and not because they want to eat is.
Pros and cons of Fondant Icing.
What is Buttercream Icing?
This is the most common type of cake covering in the market, which comes in various variations. It is made from butter, cream, and sugar. It can be flavored by adding chocolates, citrus zest extracts, among others to achieve different tastes. Though fondant achieves better smooth finishes, buttercream achieves texturing trends such as plastering, piping, rosettes, basket weaving, petals, and zig-zag better.
Decorators find it is easier to correct the finish and texture errors when working with buttercream. On the other hand, fixing errors with fondant means redoing the complete or part of the design which can be expensive. Moreover, the buttercream is edible, though it can as well be teeth-achingly sweet.
Fondant vs Buttercream - Verdict.
So what wedding cake icing should you go for? It all boils down to personal preferences, pros and cons, price, and the design you want to achieve. Your cake maker can also advise you on which icing is more suitable based on design and other parameters. You can as well have the best of the two worlds by using the two coverings on the same cake.
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