Ice, Frost, And Glaze
I have a question this time. It’s a very simple, very easy question. For some reason, though, I have never been able to get an answer that makes any sense, and I am really hoping that someone reading this will either have an answer, or can pass the question on to someone who does.
Here’s the question: When we talk about cakes, what is the difference between frosting and icing?
We talk about something being “the icing on the cake,” yet cakes from a bakery are topped with buttercream frosting. Are there distinctive differences between an icing and a frosting? Or are they the same thing, with whether the word one uses being a cultural, regional, or personal preference?
Now, I know that a glaze is different from either an icing or a frosting. That is powdered sugar that is added to water, milk, or perhaps a fruit juice. It has a fairly liquid consistency, and is usually poured or drizzled over a cake. Icings and/or frostings have a much more stiffer consistency.
Is there a difference between the two? And if there is, could someone please explain what that difference might be?