Post # 1
Hi there, everybody. I have a question that MIGHT be silly, but … here goes. Do I HAVE to have buttercream frosting on my wedding cake? (I definitely don’t want fondant.) I kind of … hate it. It’s so heavy and sweet! I’ve heard of people having cream cheese frosting, but what about just straight-up vanilla? Not vanilla buttercream — I’m talking about Betty Crocker-style vanilla frosting.
Or, is there a way to make chocolate frosting a different color…???
Thanks, and sorry if this is a dumb question!
Post # 3
We’re having whipped cream. It’s actually non-dairy so it won’t melt as easily and is ok to stay out for several hours but it tastes just like regular whipped cream.
I don’t know why you couldn’t have Betty Crocker!
Post # 4
I would talk to a baker about these questions, and they’re not silly ones at all! But some may have pricing changes when making custom icings like that. But I saw on a cake show once where a couple had beer buttercream, and everyone said it was really good.
Post # 5
I doubt you can make chocolate frosting a different color, because of the cocoa.
I would definitely talk to your cake vendor about frosting options–but i’ve heard of a whipped cream icing variation, and white chocolate icing which is really yummy (and can be turned any color.
I also have a friend who makes a dairy-free icing that tastes closer to a canned frosting recipe–it uses shortening instead of butter.
Post # 6
Betty Crocker type frosting is similar to American buttercream, it just uses shortening rather than butter. To me it is very sweet and artificial , but I guess that is a matter of taste. It could not be used if you wanted to do any piping on your cake. You could try French buttercream or cream cheese frosting or white chocolate frosting. Whipped cream frosting is light, but wouldn’t hold up for a wedding cake.
Post # 7
You could have cream cheese frosting. Betty crocker vanilla probably is butter cream or else it might be a whipped cream type frosting.
Post # 8
also marshmellow fondant tastes nothing like fondant and is mega yummy!
Post # 9
Or how about a chocolate ganache? But it would be a dark cake and not everyone loves chocolate. But it’s an option!
Post # 10
I just heard about this marshmellow fondant too…I heard its GREAT..
Our letters on our cake will be done in this I will let you know how it tastes:)
Post # 11
I would ask your baker. I knew I didn’t want fondant so we talked about a couple of different options and we decided on chocolate ganache.
Post # 12
I’m really intrigued by this marshmallow fondant concept! Thanks so much, everybody!
Post # 13
we’re doing a whipped cream frosting. its like a whipped cream/meringue consistency. light & airy, not overly sweet. it’s delish & a great alternative to sugary buttercream.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
we’re doing whip cream! but i wish we had marzipan! it’s sooo tasty. ganache is good too!
Post # 15
I would ask around at bakeries. Most places make their own everything so everyone’s stuff are slightly different – including fondant – some are actually great! I’m sure if you ask – they’ll be able to accomodate you – why the heck not get betty crocker?!
Post # 16
All the suggestions are good! You could even go without frosting & just have a layer cake w/ a nice filling. It’s not traditional, but still pretty 🙂