Sometimes a signature dessert calls for something more, something luscious, something luxurious. Sometimes, that simply means a delectable frosting. We are here to bring that flair to your creations giving them the perfect spin they need. Read on the different types of frosting you can possibly have!
If you love baking as much as we do, then you certainly have come to the right place to know more about cakes, desserts, sweet treats, and all! For this article, we would love to share with you the different types of frosting that exist to transform your cake or cupcake from basic good to an even better status—because let’s face it, there’s something magical about a light, creamy frosting laid on top of baked goods, and just reels you in for a bite. But even then, with a plethora of icing that are available, it is no simple feat to settle down on which one proves as the best topping for lovely treats.
Now there is also the term ‘icing’ and that is something that some bakers are familiar with but can mistake them for frosting. We will explain the difference quickly before moving on. Frostings are stiffer than icings; they pipe well and typically consists of cream or butter. Icings on the other hand, is more of a thin and sugary glaze that hardens after it cools. Understandably, both frostings and icings are incredibly popular for decorating cakes, doughnuts, muffins, cupcakes, and other mouth-watering pastries.
With that said, we shall explore on what these types of frostings are—in doing so, we considered how you can better differentiate them for your cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods. For starters, these are some of the common ones:
1. Whipped Topping
A whipped topping frosting is incredibly delicious and certainly finger-licking worthy. Referring to its name, this kind of frosting is, well, your whipped cream. And that means, any whipped cream really. Whipped topping makes irresistible frostings because they are fluffy and creamy.
Depending on the whipped cream frosting you are making, you can get a variety of flavors, textures, and mouthfeels with our whipping cream selections such as:
With a delicious and fragrant vanilla flavor, and easy to prepare, Rich’s Gold Label is known for giving bakers the ease to make intricate decorations at ease because the shapes will hold up for an extended period. Of course, that is not all there is to it, so check out why Rich’s Gold Label is the best non-dairy topping cream you need… and for the same quality but less sweet, there is also have Rich’s Gold Label Less Sweet for you. Did we mention that it melts in your mouth too?
This one is for the chocolate lovers. You do not need to buy chocolates now that we have the perfect chocolatey solution for you where you just need to whip it. Delicious chocolatey flavor, and an airy, pillowy texture in your mouth, it is hard to go wrong with Rich’s Whip Topping Chocolate. It is great for a topping or filling for the cupcakes. Need more information? Feel free to read Reasons Why You Need Rich’s Whip Topping Chocolate Now to satiate your chocolate craving.
To learn how to make a no-fuss and delicious whipped cream for a frosting, check out this article on How to get the Perfect Whipped Cream where you will learn to learn the basics of what makes a whipped cream that is all around great for your treats for any occasion! The next time you have some guests over for an afternoon tea, you are all set to whip up something good! Go ahead and read it later.
For the lovers who dream of chocolate, you will fall in love with the ganache frosting. Ganache is a mixture of chocolate and cream in equal parts by weight. In its most basic state, you can get a ganache by simmering cream, and once it is heated, you pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate. The chocolate and cream mixture is then mixed until the mixture is fully emulsified into a smooth and shiny ganache.
For a creamier texture, sometimes pastry chefs would add in butter and for flavoring, they would add in some extracts or oil. Aside from frosting, you can also use ganache as a filling for cakes, cupcakes, and pastries, and as a base or decorative finish for homemade treats! Go wild and use it to make the best chocolate fudge ever!
With that said, if you are thinking you cannot enjoy a luscious ganache without the use of cream, and is therefore missing out, do not fret—we do have something for you. Completely non-dairy and suitable for vegans, it is the Rich’s Whip Topping Base. Emulsify this frozen liquid concentrated whip topping that you can use to easily whip up a velvety and smooth chocolate ganache. Here is a full read on it before we move on to the next frosting that people are crazy about…
3. American Buttercream
The regular baker gets on their day about making a lovely basic buttercream. For beginner bakers, it becomes an unspoken rule for you to make an American buttercream. One of the reasons being is that it is almost impossible for you to mess up a buttercream. All you need is a combination of butter, cream, salt, confectioners’ sugar, and a flavoring of your desire, mix it all up and it is ready to be frosted on your desserts. It is just one of those super easy and you ‘can’t go wrong’ frosting for cupcakes and there are plenty of people who can attest to that!
Yet, the regular person with a day job may not want to make a buttercream from scratch. Where do we go from there then? Because who says you cannot get a delicious, whipped goodness that reminds you of the buttercream you yearn for? Recognising the need for those who need to save time and cost, we have Rich’s Bettercreme—the perfect formula for a buttercream? For bakers, it counts plenty to have an amazing buttercream. This one is a game-changer for you and here is all you need to know on why Rich’s Bettercreme icing and filling is everyone’s favorite. Fluffy, fun, and full of possibilities, you need a whipped icing that fuels your creativity in this dynamic world of baking and decorating.
Fancy something different? We have Rich’s Klasik Crème—this one gives you a taste of nostalgia with a twist, and it is ready to be whipped. A slight savory topping cream that is enhanced with sea salt, this topping cream gives a unique taste to your mouth. It complements beautifully with salty or savory ingredients—something different for those wanting to move away from the sweet stuff. We talk more about it here. Next up, for the cheese lovers, say cheese because it is…
4. Cream Cheese Frosting
One of the most popular frostings is the cream cheese frosting (really just another variation of the American buttercream). No red velvet cake is ever complete without it, it takes the two of them to tango.
And sometimes the best way to enjoy a fluffy and moist cake is to go simple, and that simplicity is a cream cheese frosting. Looking closer, this frosting is moderately sweet (thanks to confectioners’ sugar and vanilla) but with has a tang from the cream cheese. Soft and creamy in its texture, it makes a great filling and topping for cakes, and some people love to go generous with this on their cakes. Aside from a tasty frosting, there is undeniably more things that you can make with cream cheese. Let your imagination run in the kitchen as you bake!
What’s the best frosting for you?
So, what is the best frosting for your desserts and baked goods? Well, the answer to that question falls on what the flavor of your treats are. In every other event, any kind of frosting can shine and be a star when paired with the right flavors. Picking out the best frosting is like asking who is your favorite child, and you love every one of them equally! (Unless there’s one you truly prefer over the over, then shh, we will keep it as our sweet secret).
We hope this article has helped you to understand the types of frosting. Truth is that the list does not stop here as there are plenty more others out there! These are just the few that will help you get started before you move on to greater and bigger things!
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