The difference between icing and frosting
Many people believe that icing and frosting are just different words for the same thing. In America, for example, more people use the word frosting, whereas in countries like UK and Europe icing is the more commonly used term. Despite the fact there is much debate over whether the terms can be used interchangeably, there are some discernable differences between frosting and icing. I hope that these differences will be made clear in the next two segments.
Some argue that using the term icing is more professional when referring to cake and cookie icing that pipes well and is more rigid. Icing tends to be more sugary and hardens faster. It appears milky and crystal like and can be used for decorating. It is thinner than cake frosting and is used on ring doughnuts, the glossier carrot cakes, and the lines decorating gingerbread men, as well as many other applications. Icing is most often drizzled, brushed, or poured onto the confection and some times the best way to get the icing on the cake is to dip it in. Learn how to make icing.
Frosting is thicker, creamier, and fluffier than icing. It contains butter and fats, which generally make it richer than icing, and it is more moist and softer than icing. Frosting is usually chocolate or vanilla in flavour and often contains powered sugar. Frosting is generally used on cakes and cupcakes and is piped on or spread on, with a knife or spatula. Learn how to make frosting.
Some of the main types of icings and frosting
There are a number of icing and frosting recipes and applications – for example: decorating icing, butter frosting, chocolate icing, cinnamon frosting, and so on – all of which, when done properly, can make a delicious addition to your confection. Now let’s look at some of the different types of easy homemade icings and frostings that are used in most kitchens.
General tips when using frosting or icing
When choosing a frosting or icing, think about what flavour and texture will best complement your confection. Royal icing, for example, would overpower a sponge cake, but would be perfect when layered over a thick fruitcake. Always make sure your cake is crumb free before applying your frosting or icing, that way it will spread or pour constantly and smoothly over your confection. The possibilities with frostings and icings are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment and above all enjoy.