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:

http://tinyurl.com/yh44gu
(Also has handy frosting troubleshooting chart on last page.)

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

http://tribes.tribe.net/m/craftycakes/thread/ed0ff808-5ad4-478c-b5be-d7d08ffc773f

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

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2426-Italian-Meringue-Buttercream--Shirleys-Method.html

Melysa's very versatile SMBC recipe:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-6927-1-Very-Vanilla-Swiss-Meringue-Buttercream.html

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

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-219731-.html

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

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-1814171-.html

Rich's Bettercreme handling instructions:

http://tinyurl.com/yt4eyu

Rich's Bettercreme decorating newsletter:

http://tinyurl.com/23uau4

Decorating with Pastry Pride:

http://tinyurl.com/yv3dn8

HTH

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.)

http://forum.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-497433-.html

Chocolate 101:

http://tinyurl.com/ytby97

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