What kind of cake icing is this? (Pic heavy)

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Since you mentioned the first one can taste eggy, I’m going to guess you’re talking about swiss meringue buttercream. The two chocolate ones are different- The second definitely appears to be chocolate fondant while the first choc one could be ganache or maybe chocolate buttercream

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

the top three are buttercreme frosting, but typically taste way more sweet than buttery. the second to last one just looks like a chocolate frosting, and that very last one is actually fondant…i’ve never had chocolate fondant, but generally its not too appealing. have you thought about a cake without frosting? http://www.racheldermanevents.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/naked-cake.jpg

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think the first (of the chocolate ones) is a ganache, looks heavier than a buttercream. Ganache is good, just chocolate and cream so not as sweet as a buttercream.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

@ksus07:  You would be better off going with ganache. The chocolate icing would taste and be textually  just like the other icing except with cocoa powder in it to give it the chocolate taste.

Have you thought about cream cheese icing?

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ksus07:  Honestly, these all look like different types of frosting to me, and I bake quite a bit. The first one that you say is eggy or sugary―is it very stiff? If so, it’s probably royal icing, which is made from egg whites. It tends to be used only for decorations, though. I’ve never known it to taste eggy, but since it contains eggs, I can see it happening, lol. The second looks like whipped cream and the third looks like normal American buttercream to me (because that looks like a store-bought cake, and they usually use that type of buttercream). If the first one isn’t royal icing, it’s probably buttercream, too.

The second chocolate one is definitely chocolate fondant, and I think the first could either be chocolate buttercream or whipped ganache, but probably the latter because like a PP said, it looks heavier than normal buttercream. So, to answer your main question, I definitely don’t think the chocolate options are what you’re trying to avoid.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

In defense of white frosting, not all are created the same! There’s a colossal difference between butter-based frostings that are made with shortening (store-bought cakes, commonly) and ones made with real, high-quality butter in the proper proportion. Some even aren’t that sweet! Others have no eggs!

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That said, to please your husband here, I think a ganache would be a great option and totally delicious with hazelnut mud cake!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ksus07:  If I was you I’d make sure to ask for ganache. I hate fondant, I actually prefer buttercream – but ganache is just choclate and cream so you can’t go wrong.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

@ksus07:  I make it all the time with Philadelphia. You can probably buy a cupcake with it on from a bakery. There is a stall at the Surfers Paradise night market that sells them. They are called cupcake addiction. It would be a good way to try it out. It goes really well with red velvet cake.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@ksus07:  Hah, no worries! I so know the feeling of seeing a magnificent-looking cake, taking a bite, and debating over spitting it out or choking it down because the icing is THAT BAD. This summer I think I had the absolute worst ever. Blegh! It’s a crime against humanity to ruin cake like that.

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