Other Than Buttercream

Decorating By cakenewbe Updated 24 Jun 2008 , 6:24am by JanH

cakenewbe Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 10:45pm
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Hello, i am fairly new to cake decorating and it seems that all icing based decorations are made with buttercream icing. I am not a fan of the taste of buttercream and i was wondering if there are other icings that i can use instead of buttercream to ice cakes and make decorations.
Thank you in advance for your responses.

5 replies
baycheeks1 Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 10:57pm
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There are different types of buttercreams...Italian Meringue Buttercream, French, Swiss..also to decorate you can use royal icing, it sets up nice and hard to transfer from wax paper to a cake or cookie, or just doing it directly on the item. There are a lot of options, also whipped topping. Just search some websites.

auntginn Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:13am
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I also was not a fan of buttercream. For years I was only using the non-dairy whipped toppings until one day I learned that my family did not like this and that's why they did not order cakes from me. So I started trying the many recipes you can find on this site and I was sold. There are several I like. My family loves the white chocolate buttercream.

JanH Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 12:39am
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Overview of different icings by type:

(Also has handy frosting troubleshooting chart on last page.)

Here's an overview of the mbc's:
(With recipes.)


ShirleyW's IMBC:
(Uses less butter than most recipes.)


Melysa's very versatile SMBC recipe:


Everything you ever wanted to know about hi-ratio shortening:
(Includes recipes.)


Everything you ever wanted to know about Rich's Bettercreme & Pastry Pride:
(Includes recipes.)


Rich's Bettercreme handling instructions:


Rich's Bettercreme decorating newsletter:


Decorating with Pastry Pride:



cakenewbe Posted 23 Jun 2008 , 8:54pm
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Thanks to all for the responses. They are all very helpfull. I'm going to get started trying some. I will let you know how it turns out.
Thanks again.

JanH Posted 24 Jun 2008 , 6:24am
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Forgot to add ganache.

Everything you ever wanted to know about ganache:
(Includes overview, master and other recipes including white chocolate. How to glaze, smooth, stack and more.)


Chocolate 101:


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