Wedding cakes are traditional pastries that symbolize good luck and prosperity. The tradition of using wedding cakes started in the Medieval Era as these delectable pastries were decorated with simple flowers that were placed on top of the cake.
One of the most well-loved part of a wedding cake is the icing. The icing is piped onto the different parts of the cake to create elaborate patterns such as swirls or swags.
There are a number of styles that can be used in decorating a cake. Each style varies depending on the dominant cake design as well as the materials or the icing used.
One popular style of cake decorating is the Lambeth Method. This method involves piping the borders of the cake with scrolls, string works and scallops. This method provides dimensional icing effects on a fondant covered cake.
Another method used for cake decoration is the Australian Method. Much like the Lambeth Method, the designs in the Australian Method are done over a fondant covered cake. However, royal icing is used for piping delicate designs like lace work and curtains.
The Wilton Method is a style that uses butter cream icing. Decorations include flowers and other decorative borders. The Wilton method is most renowned for its easy and quick approach to decorating cakes. A lot of people also prefer butter cream as it tastes better than rolled fondant or royal icing.
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