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post #1 of 30
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Last night I baked a half-sheet cake for my son's office...they like half chocolate/half plain (have to have it ready early tomorrow morning!) I mixed my two mixes, used my pan divider, applied my soaked baking strips, took out the pan divider, put in my core, and baked the cake. At 25 minutes it was still sticky inside, so waited 5 minutes, and the toothpicks came out clean!

I was so happy, both sides had risen the same amount, almost perfectly flat!!! (remembering another post in the last few days that had a problem with this.) I took the cake out of the oven, removed the core and fitted the cake piece into the hole, and as I was doing this, I noticed that both sides were kinda sinking, leaving a dip in the middle...well, darn!

I have now done the crumb coat, and the dip doesn't show, and it won't affect the looks of the cake, I know, but I sure hate to have that much icing on it, and I still have to decorate it with the logo, etc. I had intended to do a bct, but with this large a cake, I think I'll just decorate directly on the cake (using my projector), and do something smaller for my bct practice.

This doesn't qualify as a disaster...but darn it, just when it looked so good, it developed a problem. Any speculation on the cause/causes?

Janice

PS I made the half butter/half Crisco icing, it tastes great and is much smoother and creamier than the all Crisco one. It just didn't make enough for the half-sheet cake, have to get to the store for more powdered sugar, but thats what I get for letting my supply get too low!

PPS I have to make raindrops on this cake (you know, April showers!)
which tip will work best for that, 102 or 104 maybe?
post #2 of 30
I would think 102 or 104 would work great. I used them to make a daffodil, and they would have been great teardrops/raindrop, or even hearts without the flower cup part. But if you wanted them smaller I would use tips 2 or 3, I have also used them to make swishes and now that I think about it, I can see them looking like a raindrop.
post #3 of 30
I don't know what could have caused your cake to dip. Maybe it had something to do with it being a half/half cake. I've had a cake do this but it was because I underbaked it (the tootpick inserted did come out clean but the cake wasn't really 100% done inside).

The half butter/half shortening BC does have the all Crisco beat! It's all I use.

I think either tip will make a good raindrop or like flayv said, you could use a round tip. What do you plan on making the rain out of? Piping gel tinted with a bit of blue makes really neat looking rain.

Best of luck with your April showers!
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post #4 of 30
I WUV YOU LISA. Whenever I see that you agree with me I feel like a ..... a..... hmmmm ....oh I know a cake snob!!!!!!!!!!
post #5 of 30
I wuv you too flayv! It's easy to agree with you...you're right a lot-- icon_biggrin.gif LOL!
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post #6 of 30
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Lisa, I haven't used piping gel, what form is it in, a tube, and is it just clear you can color? I was only planning to make it with blue icing, but the gel sounds good! Janice
post #7 of 30
Wilton has some ready made that comes in a small tub. It looks like it has a yellowish hue when it's in the tub but it's just because there's so much in there. It pipes out clear. You can color and flavor it the same way you do icing. There's a Dr. Seuss cake in the gallery that used piping gel for the water in the fish bowl. I'll look for it so you can get an idea of what it might look like.
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post #9 of 30
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That is such a cool look, maybe I will have to try to find some today, it would definitely make the raindrops look real! Thanks a lot! Janice
post #10 of 30
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Lisa, just had a bad thought, what if the cake isn't 100% done, will it taste ok? It's too late for me to slice into it to see! Oh boy, what if it is awful inside?...Was yours okay, the one you said wasn't completely done? Janice
post #11 of 30
It was okay. Really, really moist in the center (not good moist but not too bad either).
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post #12 of 30
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Oh, thank you, I was thinking I was going to have to start over! Next month when it is time to do this cake again I do believe I will do two quarter sheets and put them together! Less stress and strain, maybe! I'm making my second batch of icing now, finally got to the store for the pwdrd sugar, so will get the icing on, and then maybe go see about the gel, although we have storms predicted to be coming in shortly. This cake may just have to have blue icing raindrops! Thanks, Lisa! Janice
post #13 of 30
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Well, I didn't get the gel, I ran a temperature for a few hours and felt really lousy, so by the time I was feeling better, the raindrops were made from icing...and I was not pleased with them, but it was 2 am, so I went to bed. About 4:30 I woke up still not happy, so I thinned down the icing with light corn syrup, took off the "blobs", and made new drops with just a parchment bag and no tip, looks a little better. I just posted before and after pictures.
Janice
post #14 of 30
I do that too...poke at my cakes hours after I supposedly finished. I think your final rain drops look perfectly rainy! Nice cake thumbs_up.gif
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post #15 of 30
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Thanks Lisa, without your input I probably would have given up on this cake! My son gave me the design (he is an artist at Tic Toc) and I wanted to duplicate it as close as I could, he was sort of non-commital about it, but seemed satisfied when he picked it up this morning. He had a suggestion or two, and said he'd try to give me a better plan next time! Thanks again, Lisa
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