Cake Glossary..


Cakes, cakes, cakes... Have you ever seen a magnificent cake or tasted the most delicious icing ever, but did not know what it was called or how to describe it. Well, here is a glossary of cakes to help you pick out the perfect one for your special occasion.

Anniversary Cake
A smaller version of the wedding cake to enjoy on your first anniversary.
Back-Up Cake
An undecorated sheet cake of the same flavor as your wedding cake, kept in the kitchen and used to serve a very large guest list after your display cake is used up.
Buttercream Icing
The classic icing, made of butter, confectionery sugar and milk. It is inexpensive and versatile in texture.
Centerpiece Cake
A specialty cake that takes the place of flowers as your table decorations.
Chocolate Ganache
A thick, delectable icing made of chocolate and heavy cream.
Marzipan
Almond paste mixed with egg white and sugar used for sculpting.
Croquenbouche
A specialty wedding cake formed with profiteroles (cream puffs) filled with hazelnut pastry cream, dipped in hot caramel, and placed on top of one another.
Groom's Cake
A smaller version of the wedding cake or cake theme to the groom's interests. Usually served at the engagement party or the rehearsal dinner.
Royal Icing
Sugar and egg white mixture piped through a bag to create flowers and other decorations that are allowed to dry and placed individually on the cake.
Raised Tiers
Layers are separated by columns to make the cake appear taller.
Solid Cake
Cake layers are held together with icing as opposed to filling.
Tiers
Cakes that are stacked on top of one another to create a multi-layered cake.
Torted Cakes
Cakes that are layered with mousse or fruit preserves.
Rolled Fondant
This icing is made of gelatin, confectionery sugar and water. It has a beautiful porcelain finish suitable for beading or tiny flowers.
(keep in mind that this icing is temperature sensitive!)
Trompe L'oeil
Specialty cake made of square layers instead of round that can be decorated with ribbon and wrapping paper to make it look like a pile of gifts. The perfect Christmas cake!

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