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A Sweet Guide to Frosting

A Sweet Guide to Frosting via Sweetapolita

1. rolled fondant 2. whipped cream frosting 3. ganache 4. sugary frosting 5. chocolate glaze 6. gumpaste (flower) 7. chocolate party frosting 8. swiss meringue buttercream 9. royal icing 

Frosting? Icing? Tom-aa-to, tom-ah-to? Well, that depends. It depends on where are you live, and maybe even what the confection is made from. In some parts of the globe, people simply prefer to call all versions "icing" and leave out the term "frosting" all-together. In Canada, we tend to use the word "icing" much more frequently than "frosting," regardless of the dessert in question. Confused yet? That being said, I often relate icing to thinner glazes and royal icing, and think of frosting as the fluffy, sugary sort. I reserve the word "buttercream" for meringue-based buttercreams. I have noticed that Americans tend to favour the term "frosting" as a catch-all. All sorts of craziness indeed. According to some dictionaries, the words are synonymous, so I think I'll just go with that. It is a bit of a gray area, but some baker folks are passionate about the fact that icing is one thing and frosting is, well, another . . . And then just when you get that straightened out, there are countless varieties of the sweet and creamy bliss: meringue buttercream, sugary frosting, ganache, royal icing, fondant, gumpaste, chocolate frosting, chocolate glaze, whipped cream frosting and more. Most often, the questions readers ask me are about frosting -- what's the difference between them, when to use each, etc. So, to answer those questions I've put together a little guide to frosting. It's certainly not a comprehensive list, but it's a guide to those I use most often, and the ones you'll come across throughout my recipes. So, here we go! 1. Rolled Fondant  2. Whipped Cream Frosting  3. Ganache 4. Sugary Frosting 5. Chocolate Glaze 6. Gumpaste  7. Chocolate Frosting 8. Meringue Buttercream  9. Royal Icing So friends, I hope that helps in some way. If I've not answered some of your frosting-related questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section of this post, and I'll do my best to answer them! I'll be back in a few days with another recipe. ♥

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