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Wedding Cakes - Icing a chocolate mud cake

These wedding cake questions and answers have been taken from the wedding forum.

Q. My FH (future husband) and I are mad Mud / Chocolate Cake people and would like our wedding cake to be just that but we have been told that we can't have the heavy icing used on the fruit cakes.

What other icing can be used to give the same effect. Sorry for not using the correct wording for the icing but I am only new at this.


A. I cover all of my chocolate mud cakes and even my lighter styled cakes with the heavy icing used on Wedding Cakes. This icing is commonly called "plastic icing", or ready to roll but known to us cake decorators as fondant icing.

If your cake decorator isn't confident in using this form of icing to cover your chocolate cake, go with their recommendation. After all it is them making your cake not me. It can be done though and be done successfully if you know what your doing.

I've covered a banana cake, plain chocolate cake, lemon cake, orange and poppyseed cake, all mud cakes and fruit cakes with the ready to roll and have had no problems or sagging. I don't like to recommend placing a lighter cake on the bottom of mudcakes if stacking your cakes on top of each other. This is just a safety precaution as I just don't like to risk it collapsing. I will however make a lighter cake as the top tiers and fruit or mud cake as the bottom tiers.

If your cake decorator for one reason or another chooses or doesn't like to use the ready to roll icing, but you like the same finished effect, I would suggest using Royal Icing. Although if you do have your heart set upon having the traditional icing on your cake, ask another cake decorator in your area for their opinion or ask your cake decorator why she/he can't use it. You may find that they just aren't confident or that they haven't done it before. If you haven't paid a deposit on your cake already, there isn't any reason why you can't change your mind and choose another cake decorator who is comfortable using your choice of icing.

You have to feel comfortable with the people who you choose to help organise your wedding, including all the services you book. If you aren't getting what you want from that one provider, you can look around. It's your big day and you have to be 110% happy that everything will work out perfectly.

If you are having a family member make and decorate your wedding cake, I can suggest that you call a cake decorator in your area for some advise on how to decorate a cake with the ready to roll. Or perhaps you could find someone who takes classes to teach them how to cover a cake with ready to roll.

I really hope I have helped a little. It can be done. The hard part is finding someone capable and willing to do it for you. Good Luck!


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