Now that you know how to make some cake, itโ€™s finally time to decorate! Hooray! ๐ŸŽ‰

By this point you’ve picked out a recipe, made the cake batter, baked the cake, and it’s at room temperature, ready to be decorated. (Wow, you’ve learned a lot so far! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ And yet you still have so much left to learn! ๐Ÿ˜… Man! “Cake” is a longwinded subject to explain!) So what are you going to put on top of your cake? Why, confectioners’ sugar, of course! However, when it comes to the consistency- how runny or thick you want it to be- you have options. Three of them, actually.

You can either make a frosting, an icing, or a glaze. And they’re all a little different.

How are they different? Well, in two ways: ๐Ÿ‘†butter and โœŒ consistency. And they go hand in hand because the more butter you add, the thicker the consistency will be.

So- are you ready for the 1,2,3’s of frostings, icings, and glazes?

Now, of the three, frosting is the thickest. Itโ€™s also the most relevant to our discussion about cakes. So weโ€™re going to spend the majority of our time focusing on frosting. But in short, frosting uses the most butter and is the most flexible and shapeable as a result. ๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿ’ช Frosting is renowned for holding its shape to create cool designs on top of fully finished cakes.

This is done using a piping bag and a piping tip. And we’re going to get suuuuper in-depth with this later on, but here’s the basic idea: A piping bag is just a tapered bag that hold your frosting while you decorate. But the real magic comes from your piping tip. Now, there are a lot of different types of piping tips and each one has a unique opening that molds the frosting into a different shape. And that’s how you decorate with frosting.

You don’t need any more details than that, right? Wait- you do?

Good! ๐Ÿ˜… Cause I spent a ton of time explaining it in minute detail in just a couple of lessons.

Icing is significantly runnier than frosting and is an ideal choice for decorating cookies. ๐Ÿช Actually, itโ€™s almost exclusively used on cookies. Which means it’s not really relevant, so donโ€™t stress about icing right now.

And lastly, there are glazes.

Glazes have the thinnest consistency of the bunch. Think of a glazed donut. ๐Ÿฉ You know how the sweet, sugary film that’s so thin its see-through? Thatโ€™s a glaze. And while glazes are way less important to cover than frosting, foam cakes actually prefer glazes over frostings. So donโ€™t ignore the humble glaze, cause it has a part to play.

Hopefully, I’ve piqued your interest- because it’s time to jump into decorating with both feet! ๐Ÿ‘ข๐Ÿ‘ข

If you’re ready to join me on this sugary adventure, you know what to do. Hit the Next Lesson button to learn a little more about glazes and what they can do for your foam cake creations.