Which is better?

by Shelly
(Lexington, NC)

Which is better to decorate with? Butter cream or Royal frosting?

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Jul 17, 2009
Decorating icing
by: Anonymous

Thank you!! In the past couple of years I have started make my children b-day cakes. It's been a lot cheaper and well the kids like it a lot more. I am attempting a barbie cake this week...Was not sure how to decorate it or what to decorate it with. Thank you!!

Jul 17, 2009
Buttercream Vs Royal Icing
by: Anonymous

Hi Shelly,

Buttercream is the best choice for overall frosting of the cake, since Royal Icing becomes very hard when set.

Buttercream is also ideal for piping designs onto your cake. Royal icing is great for very detailed piping work, since it pipes easily through a tiny hole in a parchment cone.

Royal icing would also be your pick if you wanted to do 3D designs on your cake, since you can pipe on a flat surface, let it dry for a couple of days then stand up on the cake once the decorations have hardened.

One tip here - when applying royal icing decorations to buttercream, add them within 24hrs of the event because the buttercream will start to soften the royal icing, eventually making your decorations sag.

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