Thank you Saapena for the sweet compliment! I guess the picture doesn't show the imperfections
you should have seen me at 1:30 AM crying, trying to fix the rosettes with a big glass of wine! Lol! I guess we've all been there!
Looks like I definitely need to experiment with different icing recipes - increase my shortening and cut back on water. Come to think of it, the lady whose icing recipe Im using only decorated really old school, 1980s-type sheet cakes. Not that there's anything wrong with them, but for more modern cakes it looks like I need to update my recipe. I'll play around with indydebi's recipe and also IMBC. Again thank you all so much!!!