By a show of hands, let’s see who couldn’t wait for their mom to stop whipping up some cream for the cake so they could lick the whisks clean. Well, we can’t see your hands, but we assume you got yours up. Anyway, you’re not a child anymore, and you’re ready to make some cake on your own, but you don’t know which cream is best for cakes. Well, maybe this will help.
Which Types Of Creams Are Out There?
Well, since there are probably more types of creams and cake frostings than we could name, we’re going to focus on the ones that are the most popular – heavy, whipped and fresh cream. These three are the ones you’re going to get in touch with the most, and it is basically always one of these three that are used as a base or a foundation for all the other sub-categories of tasteful, delicious creams you’d glaze your cake with. So, which of the three is best?
1. Fresh Cream?
Fresh cream is the one you’re most likely to find in your local store or a supermarket. Fresh cream contains less than 25% fat content, and as such, it is not the best option if you want to decorate your cake. It’s easily accessible, and you can do a lot of stuff with it, like cream your coffee or a soup, but you can’t really use it with cakes. So, this one’s a no-go.
2. Whipped Cream?
Whipped cream is the obvious choice for many sweets and cake-makers. It has between 30 and 35% fat content, and as such, it is just thick and dense enough so that you can use it to decorate your cake. It’s light and fluffy, so if that’s what you’re going for – knock yourself out.
Since it’s pretty fatty, whipped cream will hold its shape over some time, provided that you keep your cake in a cold environment. If you leave it out at room temperature, whipped cream won’t hold up very well. It’ll still taste great, but it won’t look as good.
The biggest advantage of whipped cream lies in the fact that it is easily prepared. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch of this cream. And, if you can even be bothered to do that, Mr. Nang does offer a nice selection of whipped cream chargers you can use.
3. Heavy Cream?
Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream is the creamiest of them all. It’s the fattiest, with over 35% of fat content, and as such, heavy cream is a dense frosting that whips very nicely and easily and can be used to decorate most sweets and cakes.
Since this one is the fattiest, it is also the best option if you’re looking for something that’s excellent for intricate decorations and will hold its shape over a long period of time.
Final Thoughts – Which Ones The Best?
Well, we can rule fresh cream out immediately, so that only leaves us with two – whipped and heavy cream. So, which one’s the winner?
In our own opinion – it’s a tie. If you want something lightweight and easy to whip up – go for whipped cream. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something extra decorative – heavy cream’s where it’s at.
Hopefully, this is the result you were aiming for.