When I first starting cake decorating, I did not have that many cake decorating frosting and icing recipes. And neither was I making my own fruit fillings, jams and other sauces typically used in desserts.
My most used recipe then was by buttercream icing recipe. This was literally the only icing I used for all my cakes.
That was many years ago. Now, after more than 2 decades of baking and cake decorating, I have learned to make many more cake icings, and have also acquired the skill of making my own homemade jams and fillings and other sauces.
And so I have on this page, my collection of all cake frostings, jams, filling and sauces that I use in my cakes and other treats and I am sharing them with you, all for free.
The most basic cake icing or cake decorating frosting as some prefer to call it is the buttercream icing. Only 3 ingredients are needed for this basic buttercream recipe and they are butter, icing sugar and vanilla essence. Together, these 3 ingredients are able to whip up an absolutely delicious and creamy cake icing. Flavor variations can be easily made to this icing and I have given all possible variations in the recipe page itself.
I also have another similar buttercream-like icing recipe, and I call it butter icing (without the word cream in it). Again, I only use 3 ingredients for this icing and the ingredients are exactly the same as the ones I use in my buttercream icing. The only difference between these 2 heavenly cake frosting is the proportion of butter and icing sugar I use. Buttercream has a lower proportion of sugar as compared to butter icing and hence the texture is much creamier and softer and is best for piping work. Butter icing, on the other hand, has more icing sugar in it and the consistency is must stiffer. I use this to cover cakes and use the buttercream icing for all my piping work.
The other icing recipes I have here are royal icing, glaze icing, chocolate icing and chocolate ganache.
I use royal icing mostly for flower piping and color flow decorations. I live in a humid country and royal icing works much better for me as compared to butter icing when it comes to piped flowers. They dried hard making them easy to store and handle. I even use these royal icing flowers on buttercream cakes and they always work fabulous.
The glaze icing on the other hand is a simple mix and pour icing. I use this as a simple deco on cakes, mostly as a drizzle on cake tops.
Chocolate icing and chocolate ganache are two of my favorite chocolate based icings. For cake coverings, I prefer to use chocolate icing as it is more stable in a hot and humid climate. Chocolate ganache, on the other hand, is an icing that I don’t quite use that often. Again, it’s only for the very basic reason of living in a hot and humid country. I have tried using ganache as a base for fondant covering and I fail miserably every time so I stick to a thin layer of butter cream crumb coat as a base for fondant coverings. So when I do use ganache, its mostly as fillings for cupcakes and cakes or for piped decorations. Nevertheless, its a delicious recipe, and absolutely loved by chocolate lovers.
Most of my homemade fruit fillings and jam recipes I have on this page are made using fresh fruits. These jams and fillings are very versatile recipes that can be used for cake fillings, cookies fillings, ice cream topping, pie and tart fillings and many other desserts. The best part of these recipes is that they are not only made using simple and easy to get ingredients, they are easy to make too.
Knowing how to make the homemade version of these sauces and fillings is not only great cost savings, they can be made fresh without any commercial additives and preservatives.
Hope you find the recipes here useful.
Happy baking and decorating :)
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