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Definition: Frosting vs. Icing

Definition: Frosting

Frosting is a sweet glaze used to cover or decorate baked goods like cookies or cake. It's made from sugar, butter, milk, and sometimes egg whites and is often flavored with extracts, chocolate, and/or fresh fruit. Some frostings are cooked, but most are uncooked and whipped together using a whisk or mixer. The consistency can range from a thin glaze to a thick spread.

But how, might you wonder, does it differ from icing? Icing is . . . frosting. As it turns out, the words are interchangeable. Whether you call it frosting or icing seems to depend on the region you reside.

What do you prefer to call the sweet, decorative glaze?

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