Cookbook:Frosting and Icing
Frostings and icings are types of sweet, smooth toppings generally used to coat a variety of desserts.
Generally speaking, the terms frosting and icing are used interchangeably in common speech and by some cooks. However, a distinction can be made, usually based on the consistency—frosting tends to be thicker, fluffier, and more opaque, while icing tends to be thinner with a lower fat content. Additionally, glazes are very thin, often shiny coatings that are poured over or brushed onto desserts.
- Cream cheese frosting
- Foam frosting
- Seven-minute frosting
- Flat/water icing
- Royal icing
- Fondant icing
- Fudge icing
- Mirror glaze
Frostings and icings have a range of uses, including protecting desserts from drying out, contributing flavor and texture, and adding aesthetic value. They can also be used as fillings, especially when flavored. Be sure to pair the appropriate coating to a dessert—heavy with heavy and light with light.
Cupcakes topped with buttercream
Éclairs with fondant icing
Donuts with a thin glaze
Donut topped with flat icing
Cookie with royal icing
Cake with fudgy sour cream icing
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