Confusion With The Vocabulary, Frosting And Icing

Decorating By mariarosa Updated 29 Oct 2008 , 2:20pm by AJsGirl

mariarosa Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 1:49pm
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I am a little bit lost icon_redface.gif
someone can tell me the difference between the icing and frosting
thank you
mariarosa

14 replies
Shelly4481 Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 4:06pm
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Gosh, I didn't know there was a difference. I have always thought of them as the same. But I am not a culinary graduate or a professional. Maybe someone else will let us know for sure.

darandon Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 4:16pm
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I"m sure there is some sort of difference, but I use them both as frosting on a cake, still have to frost the cake, I'm making icing, and I"m icing the cake.

Malakin Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 5:17pm
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Hmmm....never really thought about it. Let's see, I ice the cake with frosting, but I frost the cake with icing??? Could it maybe be one is cooked and the other isn't? I'd like to know too.

leah_s Posted 28 Oct 2008 , 6:13pm
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I agree with the Joy of Baking.

kakeladi Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 12:28am
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I agree w/leahs & Joy of bakingicon_smile.gif I perfere using the word icing or frosting.
I also much prefere using the word serve or servings instead of feed! (How many will this size feed? -- YUCK!icon_smile.gif JUst a personal thing.

Jayde Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 12:45am
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I think it really just depends on where you come from, and what the norm is in that area. I grew up (in Missouri) with hearing my mom call it icing, so I call it icing. I have a CIL (cousin-in-law) in Arkansas, just one state away, and she ALWAYS calls it frosting.

Kinda like the whole soda/pop thing. I call soda, soda. My best friend, who is from Detroit, calls it pop.

indydebi Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 12:49am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayde

Kinda like the whole soda/pop thing. I call soda, soda. My best friend, who is from Detroit, calls it pop.


We call it all "Coke".

"Do you want a coke? Yeah? What kind of coke do you want ... Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Coke, 7-Up?"

Kim_in_CajunCountry Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 1:02am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

We call it all "Coke".

"Do you want a coke? Yeah? What kind of coke do you want ... Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Coke, 7-Up?"




LOL!!! Same thing down here! "Pop" is also popular.

leah_s Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 2:38am
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Agree with Indy. It's all Coke here too. My favorite Coke is RC. icon_smile.gif

mariarosa Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 5:51am
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thank you everybody for answering I think that I got it....I THINK SO thumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 6:32am
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I think of icing as being of a thinner substance or a thin coat or drizzle and frosting being a thicker mass or thick layer whether it's spackled or smoothed. But, I do use them, for the most part, as meaning the same thing.

Then, again, if I frost a cake, it's a dessert cake(coconut, german chocolate)...one with spatula marks swirled around in it. and if I ice one, it gets a smooth finish. Oh, hayell, I don't know!

banba Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 10:07am
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I have only heard the US using the term "frosting".

We "ice" our cakes. We don't call it ps we call it icing sugar, hence glace icing, royal icing etc.

Just depends on where you come form icon_smile.gif

AJsGirl Posted 29 Oct 2008 , 2:20pm
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I always thought icing was a broader term than frosting.

Icing can include fondant, marzipan, chocolate, etc.

Frosting refers just to icing that you spread, as in Buttercream, whipped cream, etc.

At least, that's what I heard.

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