Scroll Work...buttercream Or Royal Icing?

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stephdover4 Posted 15 Feb 2012 , 4:54pm
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I am new to the cake world and I am practicing like crazy. I made my daughter this cake (attached) for valentines day.

I wanted to know from you pros which is better to use...buttercream or royal icing when you are doing scroll work? I have a wedding cake coming up that I would love to do a great job on but I just need some you can see.

Do you have any tips you can add or any links I should view?

Thank you in advance for your help!!

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KateLS Posted 15 Feb 2012 , 6:43pm
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I personally prefer to scroll with royal icing, but I know a lot of people use buttercream the most. I"d suggest trying out both and seeing which you prefer. And try different consistencies on both, because it can make all the difference.

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sweetcakes Posted 16 Feb 2012 , 3:36am
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i agree, Royal icing is smoother and flows better. Its best if you can pipe s shapes first then come back and add to them. such as adding c shapes or 6 and 9 shapes along the s shape. if that makes any sense!!

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stephdover4 Posted 16 Feb 2012 , 2:39pm
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Great! Thank you both! I like working with royal icing better, as you can see in the picture my hand is not the most steady with buttercream; royal seems to be more forgiving.

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