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Frosting or Icing?

post #1 of 7
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Yesterday a neighbor brought over a small tray of treats as a holiday gift, and amongst the items was a big piece of cake. This morning I had a little taste of the cake, and then wondered about the creamy stuff between the layers and on top of the cake. Is it called frosting or icing? Are the terms interchangable, or does each have a specific meaning?

shel
post #2 of 7
Good question :) I've always called it "icing," as I dislike the word "frosting" (for no good reason....just bugs me...heh). I see them as essentially the same thing.....that is, of course, if the stuff betwixt the layers was the same stuff on top - or was it "filling" ? ;)
FWIW, a quick web search at Yahoo Dictionary for "frosting" turned up this gem...

" frost·ing (frôstng, frstng)

NOUN:
  1. Icing, as on a cake.
Regional Note:
Although both frosting and icing are widespread, people in New England, the Upper Midwest, and the Western U.S. tend to put frosting on cake. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the Lower Midwest, and all of the South, the preferred term is icing. There is some overlap, especially in upstate New York, Michigan, and California, but the regions in which the two words predominate are surprisingly distinct. A few people in the South call it by a third name, filling, even when it goes on top. "

So, I guess it depends on where you're from ? Appropriately enough, I was born and raised in PA, so perhaps that explains my preference for the term "icing" !!!
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post #3 of 7
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Thank you, ShoeMaker. Pretty much what I thought, but I wanted to be sure ...

Happy Holidaze,

shel
post #4 of 7
Interesting, shoemaker, my distaste for the word "icing" is similar to yours for 'frosting" - i don;t know why but it bothers me - and i'm from new england.
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post #5 of 7
being a Long islander. I go by this.Frosting - usually on cakes very light and fluffy sweet stuff. liek butter cream, whipped cream or dare i say it, the stuff in the plastic canicing - usually on cookies, donuts etc... thick liek a syrup nice dense and thick!!
post #6 of 7
frosting to me is soft, icing however, hardens.
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frosting

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