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What is the difference between royal, glace, ready-made and fondant icing?

Royal icing is a thick paste made from egg whites and sifted icing sugar. It is spread over marzipan-covered fruit cakes, or piped into decorations, and left to dry out. It is mainly used on rich, highly decorated celebration cakes.

Glace icing is a smooth paste of icing sugar dissolved in a little water, which is spread straight onto the cake and left to dry out. It is ideal for covering cup cakes, tea breads and simple sponges. Ready-made and fondant icing are the same thing: icing sugar, egg whites and liquid glucose are mixed and kneaded to a soft dough which is rolled out before being smoothed over a cake. Use it on simple cakes, novelty and celebration cakes.

08:13:07 on 01/18/07 by Webmaster - Questions and Answers -