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I have been having a problem with my buttercream icing (the recipe with only shortening - no butter) breaking when I try to do my roses. I have tried thinning and it still breaks. What could be the problem? Would adding corn syrup instead of water help?

Amy - from Calhoun, GA

Thinning buttercream icing with corn syrup makes the icing a bit more elastic, though you don’t want it too thin, because that could also cause breaking in the line of icing you pipe.


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