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4 Types Of Common Birthday Cake Frostings & How To Store Them

Birthday cakes in Singapore

Indulging in a cake, especially a birthday cake which makes it even more special, is like feeling a little bliss in every bite. But sometimes, do you wonder what makes these cakes taste so good? Well, as cake connoisseurs ourselves, we say the frosting plays a huge role in completing the tasting experience.

Birthday cakes either bought online or in-stores in Singapore are typically made with these four common types of frostings and here is what you need to know about them, including how to store them properly to preserve their best tastes. 

1. Buttercream

Speculoos Buttercream Cake

Buttercream frosting can be considered a staple frosting for birthday cakes and is often the most popular choice too. This is also one of the fastest frostings to make and yet, tastes mouthwatering thanks to its flavour and smooth texture. Basic buttercream is usually made with butter and icing sugar with a dash of vanilla extract, then whipped together to form a creamy consistency that can be spread or piped to form designs. 

Buttercream frosting will not melt at room temperature and can sit outside the fridge for two days, as long as it is not too humid. However, take note to place the cake in an airtight container or in cling wrap to prevent the frosting from drying up and crusting. We recommend finishing the cake within three days for the finest flavour. 

Our Earl Grey Speculoos Cake is made with buttercream frosting that perfectly complements the hints of cookie and butter.

2. Whipped cream

Matcha Red Bean cake with Whipped cream on top

Whipped cream frosting helps to make any birthday cake taste light and fluffy - great if you prefer those with less of a spongey texture and more of a melt-in-your-mouth feel. Making whipped cream frosting can be a little tricky as it needs to hold its shape well while still maintaining its airy consistency, but the end product is a satisfying taste and aesthetically pleasing outlook that will surely delight any cake lover. 

As whipped cream frosting is made from heavy whipping cream, it is necessary to keep it cool by refrigerating and consuming it within two days. 

Our Matcha Red Bean Cake comes with whipped cream sandwiched between two layers of soft matcha sponge and paired with sweet azuki red bean for a taste to remember.

3. Ganache

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Receiving a birthday cake with ganache frosting will double your happiness if you are a chocolate fanatic. It originated from France and is made with a 1:1 ratio of chocolate and warm cream to create a silky, shiny and rich texture. It is so versatile that it can be used not just as a frosting, but also as a dip, filling and topping. Bakers usually pour a layer of chocolate ganache over the cake to achieve a ‘dripping’ effect on the sides or use it to fill pastries and tarts. 

The classic ganache can stay at room temperature for up to two days before refrigerating. But if you do refrigerate it, make sure to thaw before consuming it so that the ganache has time to soften for a greater taste. 

Our Chocolate Truffle Cake is a combination of chocolate sponge and chocolate mousse, then topped with chocolate ganache - a must-get for any chocoholic!4.

4. Cream cheese

Rainbow Cream Cheese Cake

Cream cheese frosting is the ideal choice if you like something sweet and slightly savoury. It is typically made with cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla, then whipped together to achieve a smooth and velvety texture. 

Birthday cakes topped with a cream cheese frosting can be left at cool room temperature for up to eight hours, then transferred to an airtight container and kept in the fridge for up to three days. You can also thaw slightly before consuming it so that the frosting has time to soften. 

Our Rainbow Cake comes with silky cream cheese filling paired with a vanilla sponge for a flavour that you will never get sick of. 

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