Royal Icing Or Buttercream For Scroll Work & Lace Work??

Decorating By mareg Updated 26 Apr 2013 , 3:26am by Norasmom

mareg Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 4:53pm
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I have not done a lot of lace work but want to practice. What do all of you experts use? Any hints would be appericiated. icon_biggrin.gif

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umgrzfn Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 4:56pm
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RI!!! You will have better luck especially if you are wanting to put it on the sides of the cake!

indydebi Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 4:59pm
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I use BC for absolutely everything. Icing, borders, roses, drop flowers, scroll, lacework ..... everything.

glendaleAZ Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 7:12pm
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I like using RI with a little bit of corn syrup added.

prterrell Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 7:24pm
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RI if doing on fondant.
BC if doing on BC.


brincess_b Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 7:40pm
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for me, whatever i have handy. if i used bc on the cake, and have enough left, i will use bc.
if theres no bc lying around, i will use ri, i have powder you just add water to, super easy.

mareg Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 8:37pm
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Originally Posted by glendaleAZ

I like using RI with a little bit of corn syrup added.

What does the corn syrup do? How much do u put in?

glendaleAZ Posted 31 Jan 2010 , 11:06pm
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It helps give the RI more elasticity when piping, especially for string work. I just put in around 1/8 teaspoon to around ¼ cup of RI. Im sorry I dont measure I just pour and stir, and then pour in some more is it look like it needs it.

I will also use corn syrup in BC when making grass. When I first started making cakes that had grass I just used BC and the grass would kinda break and leave pieces everywhere, but now I add a little corn syrup and it stays soft.

mareg Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 3:26pm
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Thanks so much for your replys and help! I think I just may practice with both. LOL thumbs_up.gif

kellymarie Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 3:47pm
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I use canned icing for piping- because it flows so easily! I find i do a better job that way, but it might just be me icon_wink.gif I have weak piping hands lol so maybe that is why. All i know is my hands don't shake so it makes everything neater. Here's a link to a cake i did with the canned icing (just for piping- and it was my first try) - hope that helps! looks like you have some great advice here, just have to figure out what works best for you.

emiko73 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 3:24am
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glendaleAZ...  revelation! I just saw this post and the little grass bits breaking off drives me nuts! I will try corn syrup next time I pipe with my grass tip. Thanks so much!

Norasmom Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 3:26am
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If you use ri on buttercream, just remember it will darken the ri and change its color slightly.

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