Buttercream Consistencies

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Buttercream is a sweet, sugary substance used for frosting cakes, as well as making decorations.  You can create many designs using only a spatula, though there are many tools designed to spread the frosting into predetermined patterns.  Each use has a particular consistency of frosting that is necessary to successfully complete your project.  For this reason, its important to be familiar with the different consistencies of buttercream frosting, and how to achieve them.  These techniques apply to cupcakes equally as well as to cakes.

The incorrect consistency may result in unsatisfactory performance, as well as hindering your ability to create intended decorations.  Fortunately, most errors in preparation (such as adding the wrong amount of milk) are easily remedied.

There are 3 types of Buttercream consistency: Stiff, Medium and Thin.

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