Many would agree that a wedding cake is an important part of any wedding celebration. However, when choosing the right type of icing for your cake, there are two popular options – buttercream or fondant. Have you wondered, ‘is buttercream or fondant better for wedding cakes?’ Are you still undecided? Well, both types of icing have their own unique benefits that can make them an ideal choice for your special day.
In this article, we will compare buttercream and fondant cakes so you can decide which one is better for you.
Buttercream cakes are preferred for their light, fluffy texture. They can be made in a variety of different colours and flavours to match your wedding theme. There are also different types of buttercream and some of these are meringue based (made using egg whites). Meringue based buttercream is generally less sweeter than American buttercream (made with butter and icing sugar). Both types of buttercream can be whipped to a consistency that is pleasant to eat. Likewise, fondant can be made in a range of colours too. It is true that some brands of fondant can be much sweeter than others. However, the brand I use for my fondant cakes has a very subtle vanilla flavour that is not overpowering and compliments the cake.
Buttercream can be whipped to a smooth consistency that makes it ideal for decorating with buttercream designs. Fondant provides a more polished surface and can hold intricate designs such as sugar flowers and royal icing details much better than buttercream. Fondant can be purchased in and manipulated into colours that cannot easily be created with buttercream. For example, a black buttercream cake will need large amounts of food colouring which can affect the taste and consistency. Fondant can be purchased in a black colour without affecting the taste or appearance.
Whilst there are many different decorative techniques a baker can use on a buttercream cake, it generally takes more time and skill to achieve certain techniques on a fondant cake, especially if it has more complex designs. For this reason, a fondant cake will cost slightly more than their buttercream counterparts.
Buttercream cakes love a chilled environment. This is because of the butter content, which can start to melt if left out in warm surroundings. Buttercream cakes need to be kept cool to ensure that the decorations on the cake are not compromised. Fondant cakes can survive slightly longer in warmer weather, but caution still needs to be taken when plotting where to display your cake.
Fondant cakes can be stored longer than buttercream cakes, especially if a buttercream cake has fresh fruit or other perishable fillings.
Both buttercream and fondant cakes have their advantages and disadvantages, but it really depends on what you are looking for in your wedding cake. Your decision will likely be based on the look you want to achieve and the budget you have available. Think about all the factors beforehand, and if you need help making your decision feel free to enlist the help of your cake maker.
If you want to get in touch about your own wedding cake, feel free to contact me using the contact form.
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