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I would like to know whether I can use stiff buttercream icing, maybe with meringue powder added, in place of royal icing to make roses?

Pani Thuly - from Atlantic City, NJ

Yes, it's not necessary to make roses only in royal icing. Make a stiff consistency buttercream icing – with nothing else added – to make your perfect rose.

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