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I can make beautiful roses out of buttercream icing. However, when I make them from royal icing, they go flat. What am I doing wrong?

Marlene - from Logansport, IN

It sounds like the consistency of your icing is too thin. As you know from making buttercream roses, your icing should be a stiff consistency. Because these icings have different ingredients, the feel in your hand may be different. The royal icing may feel as stiff as the buttercream, but it will need to be stiffer if your decoration goes flat.

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