cakes are a type of cake that is enjoyed by many people around the world, but
you may wonder, what is a buttercream cake? Is it butter or cream? But how does
it compare to the ever popular fondant finished cakes?
cakes are enjoyed for many occasions, for example they are commonly purchased
for wedding cakes, baby showers, anniversaries or, most commonly, as a birthday cake. When choosing a type
of cake for these events, you first need to decide, do you want buttercream
cake or fondant cake? What would you prefer and what would your guests prefer.
There are different benefits to both.
you are confused at this point, then let me explain some of the key difference
between the two different types. Frosting is also known as icing, it is a type
of cake finish that covers the entire cake in a layer of thick and often
coloured sheet of ‘fondant’ which has its own unique almondy flavour, some
people love it, some people do not. Its benefit is that it looks smooth and
offers the cake a strong structure that can be of assistance when trying to
hold together the weight of a multiple layered cake that is often wanted and
required for weddings.
however is a totally different game. It is often used on naked cakes and it
does not cover the whole cake.
Buttercream is made by blending together butter and sugar, it is whipped
using a stand mixer, this is compared to fondant which is a combination of
water, glycerine and powdered sugar, which is rolled out thinly to create the
layer which will be placed over the entire cake.
are the times when royal icing (another name for fondant) are the only options,
fondant was used by the royal families of france and england to celebrate their
weddings and birthdays. They would be beautiful and hold their shape, and it
means that elaborate decorations could be put on display for guests, but the
flavour was often lacking in these cakes and it has started to become less
popular. The cake trend these days, which is being confronted by cake shops
like Passiontree Velvet in Australia, which offers a range of occasion cakes
available at all times from many shops. The trend these days is moving towards
more naked style and buttercream style cakes, and often they have flowers and
floral displays on them. Buttercream has the added benefit that it can hold
many different colours and flavours to compliment the actual cake, and often
the flavours are going to be popular common ones like chocolate, strawberry, vanilla
all this, there are benefits to using both. The benefits of using fondant is
that is has a smoother and glossier finish, it is easier to control the
thickness with the correct rolling technique. The texture is chewy, which to
some is a benefit and adds to the experience of eating cake. Fondant is the
only type of cake finish which can give you the shiny and pearly white finish
which is classic on wedding cakes and lends itself well to being in photographs
at those weddings. The fondant is excellent at holding its structure when you
are building it up to greater heights and it also puts a seal around the cake
to keep in the moisture and allow it to maintain its texture.
to Buttercream, the benefits of using buttercream are that it is less sweet
which allows for the flavour details to come through more if it's not just
plain vanilla flavour. Al;so the smell is not as artificial and to some people
it can be off putting. The buttercream is not as heavy so it does not require
as dense cake to hold it up. Buttercream cakes can have light and fluffy sponge
which is more enjoyable for the people eating it. It can be flavoured with
almost anything and it will greatly benefit the cake.