Wedding Cake Frosting
Wedding Cake Frosting
Abbey Zegar (Executive Pastry Chef, Sugar & Spice Cakes) gives expert video advice on: Can I put liqueur in my wedding cake frosting?; Can I use jam instead of frosting between my wedding cake layers?; What is 'jam frosting'? and more...
Can I put liqueur in my wedding cake frosting?
Typically, you cannot put liqueur in frosting because it changes the chemistry of the frosting. Instead of putting liqueur in your frosting, I do suggest that you put it in your wedding cake and make the flavor come out of your cake.
Can I use jam instead of frosting between my wedding cake layers?
Absolutely, you can use jam in between your wedding cake layers instead of icing. Jam is another word for preserves and fruit preserve is usually made fresh. I make them fresh here in the kitchen using fresh fruit and sugar. You boil it down to a gel like consistency, add a little bit of gelatin and you have your jam.
What is 'jam frosting'?
Jam frosting is typically a fruit preserve, and I make it here in the kitchen for use on wedding cakes. I use fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries and put it over the oven or the stove; I break the sugars down, add a little bit of sugar and then add a little bit of gelatin. Then you have your jam or preserve.
What flavors I can make my wedding cake frosting?
Your wedding cake frosting can be any flavor as long as the baker uses extracts, not liqueur. You can have an almond flavored frosting, you can have a chocolate flavored frosting, or banana, or any kind of flavor actually that comes with the extract. Because liqueur changes the chemistry frosting, you don't want to use that much of a strong alcohol base. The extracts are very mild and can flavor the frosting rather easily.
Can my wedding location affect my wedding cake frosting?
Your wedding location can affect your wedding cake. If it's very windy - let's say you're on a beach and your reception is on the beach site - beware of winds, because winds can kick up sand into your cake. If you are at an open site, an open reception, where it's going to be hot, the heat of the sun can melt your frosting on the wedding cake. Make sure that you know what time of day you're going to have your reception and adjust for that and protect your cake. Put it up in a tent or have some kind of covering over it to protect it from the sun or any other natural effects.