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Stiff Consistency: Gradually add additional confectioners’ sugar for a stiffer consistency. Best for dimensional decorations that need to retain their shape when piped. This consistency is generally used for piping upright petals for flowers.
Medium Consistency: Add 1 teaspoon of liquid (light corn syrup, milk or water) for each cup of stiff frosting. For pure white frosting, add up to 2 tablespoons of liquid. Medium consistency is used for borders such as stars, dots, and shells, as well as other decorations that will remain relatively flat.
Thin Consistency: Add 2 teaspoons of liquid (light corn syrup, milk or water) for each cup of buttercream frosting. For pure white frosting, add up to 4 tablespoons of liquid. Used for lines, printing and also for icing a cake. If you are making a buttercream intended for writing, use light corn syrup as your liquid. Writing will flow easily and won’t break.