I am doing a baby shower cake for a friend who cannot have powdered sugar. I have always used the basic wilton recipe to decorate my cakes. Is a meringue buttercream stiff enough to decorate with? I have never had the meringue buttercream before. Do ya'll have any other suggestions for a decorating frosting that does not use powdered sugar? I am also making decorated sugar cookies for the shower. Any suggestions on what I can use instead of royal icing?
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What about Fondant??? Is Fondant out of the question too?? You can decorate the cookies in fondant as well as the cake.
I have used the IMBC for borders and it holds up very well. I have not tried to do flowers with it. Good Luck!
Shayshay-can you smooth it on cake???
You can definitely smooth IMBC onto a cake...and you can pipe, borders, flowers, leaves, basketweave or anything else with it.
I don't know how commercial fondant is made, but I use confectioner's sugar to make fondant. So if she can't have confectioner's sugar, I would stay away from fondant as well. I don't know about MMF, maybe someone who makes that can tell you.
For the sugar cookies, maybe a poured fondant? Poured fondant is made from sugar syrup, not confectioner's sugar. Some craft stores sell a powder that makes poured fondant. You might have to call the company to see how it's made commercially and whether they use confectioner's sugar. HTH
IMBC smoothes so easily on cakes! It really is great to work with. If you get any stubborn spots that just will not smooth, run your knife under hot water, dry it off and smooth the icing. works wonderfully. Really is worth the effort making it! I find it much easier to use than buttercream. Search the recipes for the one posted by ShirleyW. Personaly, it's my fav.
Thanks for your helpp, but what is imbc and mmf? I tried searching the recipes for imbc but nothing came up. I'm still trying to learn ya'lls lingo.
IMBC = Italian Meringue Buttercream. MMF = Marshmallow fondant
Marshmallow fondant is made with powdered sugar so that isn't much use to you in this case, but it is really easy to use instead of buying fondant.
Thank you, I found Shirley's method, but I have one more question. I noticed that it uses orange exract. If I am making a spice cake or carrot cake what flavor should I use instead? I was thinking almond.
You can use any kind of flavouring that you would like. I usually just use vanilla or almond. I think either one would be great with carrot cake!
Just wanted to say, I tried the meringue bc (Shirley's). Loved it, and could definitely smooth it, and do some decorations with it. The taste is great. I will be using this icing in the future. Thanks everyone.