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Help...slouching cake

post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
After making my 2 tier fondant cake, I transported it to the shower and it didn't look as good as it did at home. It looked as if someone sqeezed down on it (does that make sense?) The filling from the layers seemed to be poking out from the fondant. I used BC frosting without shortening, I'm wondering if that had anything to do with it... The good thing is that they loved the cake and didn't notice the same thing I did.....help!
post #2 of 43
did you let the cake rest before you put the fondant on? I find my cakes need time to settle before I can put fondant on.
post #3 of 43
Thread Starter 
How long do you let it rest?
post #4 of 43
Cakes need 2-3 hours to settle if you use a weighting technique and 12-24 hours without weight. That's before you can frost them or put fondant on.
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post #5 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

Cakes need 2-3 hours to settle if you use a weighting technique and 12-24 hours without weight. That's before you can frost them or put fondant on.

Yeap!!
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post #6 of 43
Thread Starter 
That's my problem....I layered, filled & crumb coated the cake, then put it in the fridge for only about 20 minutes. Thank you ladies! I'm new at all this.
post #7 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

Cakes need 2-3 hours to settle if you use a weighting technique and 12-24 hours without weight. That's before you can frost them or put fondant on.



Thank you for this tip, I've been wondering exactly how long cakes need to rest. I tend to have little patience when it comes to waiting for cakes to "settle", after a few hours i'm dying to frost them!
post #8 of 43
Are you talking about letting them sit after being filled and crumb coated? Or just the time from when you take them out of the oven? I fill, crumb coat and ice my cooled cakes and don't do any kind of "settling time" in between. Let alone let them sit for 24 hours, what the heck?
post #9 of 43
I always let mine sit over night. Sometimes it could be about 24 hours before I begin the crumb coat. In doing this, I havent ran into an issue yet. Like all have said before, we learn as we go. I learned this weekend to not trust a leveler to retain its settings. I am about ready to get a new one that is more trustworthy.
post #10 of 43
I bake my cake way in advance because i usually have so many orders, that i can afford to wait until a day before to back. I let my cakes cool completely, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then freeze them until the night before i'm ready to decorate the cake. At times, the cake is fine, there are times when it starts to bubble. I usually don't get smooth sides (btw i use MMF). For this instance, where do i start timing the settling time, after i bake and before i wrap and freeze or when i take out to thaw?
post #11 of 43
Here's what I do:
Bake
Cool
Torte
Wrap
Freeze
Pull out of freezer
Thaw briefly
Wash
Fill
Re-wrap
Weight the top with a ceramic tile
Let sit 2-3 hours, up to 24 hours
Crumb coat/immediately ice.
Decorate
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post #12 of 43
I don't torte my cakes, i would bake 2-2'' inch cakes and then stack them. does torting make a difference. also what do you mean by Wash?

Thanks for sharing your steps, i'll try yours and see how things go for me.
post #13 of 43
forgive me, could you explain the "Wash" step?
post #14 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by metria

forgive me, could you explain the "Wash" step?



Ha ha, I was confused about that one too, before I realized that she probably means apply a sugar syrup wash to the cake.
post #15 of 43
EXactly. Wash is the term for applying the simple syrup to the cake.

I know I used that term with people who didn't understand cake a few years ago and someone else jumped in and said "That does not mean 'put the cake layer in the dishwasher'. lol
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