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When I'm decorating a cake how can I prevent my icing lines from breaking?

Cassie - from Nortonville, KS

If you're doing string work or other piping and your icing is breaking, the consistency is too thick. Just add a little bit of water or milk to your icing to thin it down so that it will flow more freely through your piping tip without breaking. To test the consistency of your icing, put it into a cup or coffee mug and insert a spatula or butter knife. If your spatula sticks straight up in the icing without falling over, it is too thick for piping. Start with stirring in 1 teaspoon of additional liquid per 1 cup of icing and add additional liquid until your spatula falls over when it is inserted into the icing.

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