Piping Help??? It Keeps Breaking!!

Decorating By Jody130 Updated 16 Nov 2011 , 3:46pm by chelleb1974

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Jody130 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 2:40pm
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I have a wedding cake coming up and a couple of the layers have piping of scroll design, I've been practicing, however I notice my buttercream is breaking in some parts, anyone have any tips or suggestions?? Do I need to make that buttercream any different than what I have frosted the cake in??
Thanks in advance

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destineysway Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:01pm
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you might want to try to add a little water to your buttercream to make it thinner and/or less dry.

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matthewkyrankelly Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:26pm
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Definitely thinner for writing and scroll work. You will see a huge difference.

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Jody130 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:30pm
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Thanks so much!1

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Aurora_333 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:34pm
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You might want to add a little piping gel. It helps the buttercream to stretch more without breaking.

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kryptonite Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:34pm
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Adding corn syrup or piping gel to buttercream gives me enough elasticity to pipe strings and scrolls without any breakage. Good luck!

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chelleb1974 Posted 16 Nov 2011 , 3:46pm
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If your buttercream is airy (if it is, you would see air pockets/bubbles), you can strain your icing through a clean knee-hi into your piping bag and it should pipe better. A common cause for broken strings, etc... is air bubbles.

Good luck!
~Chelle

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