Cakes - Icing in hot weather
These wedding cake questions and answers have been taken from the wedding forum.
Q. I would like to know what icing I can have in hot weather (Qld in March) and I don't want the traditional ready to roll icing.
A. If your not keen on the ready to roll icing, but like the same finish, I would recommend having your cake iced with Royal Icing. Royal Icing is very sweet, can be either completely smooth or slightly textured. An experienced cake decorator will know how to Royal Ice a wedding cake.
Other forms of icing are your chocolate (dark and white) ready to roll, buttercream, chocolate wrap and chocolate ganache, traditional ready to roll and your Royal Icing.
If your wedding cake is decorated with Royal Icing or ready to roll, your cake doesn't neccessarily have to be refrigerated. Your cake will have to be kept away from any heat source and out of direct sunlight, in a cool room. A cake covered in Buttercream, chocolate wrap or chocolate ganache will have to be refrigerated in Queensland weather.
Check with your cake decorator with what option is best for you and the capabilities of your reception venue, as some sugar flowers can't be refrigerated (they start to sweat and then collapse).
You can ask to sample icings as well as cake flavours. Any good cake decorator would be happy to let you try them. It's best to try everything and make sure that you are happy with every option. It's a very important cake and it has to be just the way you want it! It's the first cake you and your fiance will eat together, so make sure it's something that you both like.
I hope this helps and that I answered some of your questions
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