Choosing Cake Icing
The icing can make or break a cake so it is important for you to choose the right combination of cake and icing. There are popular icing options usually used in weddings though so those would be a good place for you to start. Whatever you choose anyway, you will be given a sample so you can taste for yourself how your wedding cake will turn out. Some of the icing options you can consider include:
Buttercream is generally one of the most popular of icing options for cakes for all occasions. Aside from being capable of blending with a wide range of cakes, buttercream also offers the most value for money when it comes to cake prices per slice. The texture is creamy and smooth but not overly sweet. It is quite soft so it is easy to cut yet it holds perfectly for different kinds of cake decorations. Buttercream icing is made with butter so if you choose this, your wedding cake will have to be placed in a cool-enough area. If you’re having an outdoor reception, shortening can be exchanged for butter to ensure your wedding cake does not run and drip.
Fondant is probably the most versatile of the icings out there so it is also a very, very popular choice. Combining glycerin, gelatin, corn syrup, and sugar, fondant is rolled out in sheets and then wrapped around the wedding cake that’s why it has that smooth, clean texture and finish. Because it stays firm, fondant is used as well for cake decorations.
Whipped cream as icing will lend a beautiful texture to your wedding cake but because it is soft and light, it will not keep for long with heat and humidity around. As such, discuss to have refrigeration arrangements made if you insist on having this icing so that it will keep until served.
You may encounter royal icing in your search for wedding cakes but please be guided that it is usually used for decorations only and not for the entire cake as it dries hard. The flowers, latticework, beading, and other decorations you see on cakes are usually made from royal icing.