When it comes to decorating a cake, there is a very wide range of possibilities. There are countless things that you can do with the icing and frosting. Also, there are various kinds of icing and frosting themselves that often become the choices.
The two most commonly used cake decoration ingredients are, of course, marzipan and fondant. However, despite the popularity, marzipan and fondant are quite different from each other. In the following article, we will see the differences and comparisons of the two so that you will be able to determine which one to use on your cake.
Marzipan is actually a confection that is made primarily from sugar or honey, and ground almonds, sometimes with almond oil or extract as well. Marzipan is used in various ways. It can be used for icing cakes by rolling it into thin, glazed sheets. It can even be used as one of the cake ingredients. It is also common to be made into sweets.
On the other hand, fondant is an icing made from the combination of sugar, gelatin, glycerol, and water. There are two types of fondant: rolled fondant that has a texture like a stiff clay, and poured fondant that has a form of thick liquid. Fondant is mostly used to decorate or sculpt cakes and pastries.
Marzipan vs Fondant
|- Made from sugar or honey, ground almonds, and sometimes almond oil or extract||- Made from sugar, gelatin, glycerol, and water|
|- Can be used for icing cakes or pastries, included as a cake ingredient, and made into sweets||- Mostly used for decorating and sculpting cakes and pastries|
|- The color is off-white, can never be truly white||- Without any coloring agent, the color is white|
|- The taste is sweet, milder than fondant, with some flavor of almonds||- The taste is strongly sweet|
|- The texture is more solid and workable||- The texture is softer, more tender|
Both marzipan and fondant are great materials for cake icing. Marzipan is the choice if you wish for an icing that is not too sweet, or an icing whose texture is more solid. However, when nut or almond allergy is an issue, then you should choose fondant. Fondant is also the choice for people with a sweet tooth.