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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Oh I'm so helping someone can help me. I have made the attached cake and it's sinking. I used a heave chocoalte cake recipe and 9 dowel rods in a 6 inch square cake. I am deperate for suggestions on how to fix this cake.
post #2 of 18
There is no picture attached.

What did you use as a filling?
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Just buttercream.
post #4 of 18
Can you figure out how to attach the pic?
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
I did attach it. Darn. Let me try again.
LL
post #6 of 18
Wow, that is a neat cake.
I think this is above my help.. icon_sad.gif
Do you have cake boards between the layers of cake? Maybe half way up? The only other thing I could think is perhaps some of your dowels might have slipped? What kind of dowels did you use? Thin wooden ones?
post #7 of 18
I don't know if you did this or not, but I would put cake boards and dowels to seperate every 2 layers. It would not sink after that. i do this for all my very tall cakes.
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post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
I did not do that. I ran dowels in from top to bottom. I too the front off the cake and I think it was just the fondant sinking, not the cake itself. I hate to have to remove the whole top of the cake to remove the dowels out. I'll have to remake the whole cake. Ugh.
post #9 of 18
No need to remake it! Freeze it, take it apart - Carefully, and re-stack. Do not insert dowels in previous dowel holes. HTH
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post #10 of 18
Dang I'm sorry you have to do that. This is how I would assemble: Bottom layer, filling, top layer, 4 dowels, foil covered cake board (so it won't absorb any moisture and get soggy), another layer, filling, layer. 4 dowels, foil covered cake board and so on up to the height you want. Then hammer a very sharp pointed dowel down the center thru all cake layers and boards till you get to the bottom. This will prevent the cake from shifting or sliding. Then decorate as needed. I hope I've helped and good luck!
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post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
I can't freeze it. It's too tall for my freezer icon_sad.gif I really think it was just the fondant sinking on one side. I put some 6 inch square boards under the cake so that the fondant wasn't touching the board. It seems to be better. I tried to remove the top of the cake with a hot spatula and it was going to destroy the cake. So I put it back together hoping this fix lasts. I never eve thought about putting cake boards in the center before. I'm going to leave it for an hours or so and if it doesn't seem to fix the issue maybe I'll turn the cake over and remove the dowels from the bottom.

UGH!!!!!
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Here is why I think it's just the fondant. The cake itself is prettty straight with the front off. What do you think?
LL
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
OK that made it worse. I just don't know what to do. I can't take it apart and I can't start over.
post #14 of 18
Although it looks straight, once the fondant is back on ,the weight of it may be dragging the cake down.
I would disassemble and reassemble with the boards in between the layers. freezing it was a great idea. Can you carefully disassemble some of it so it could fit in your freezer? Or lay it sideways maybe?
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post #15 of 18
Cakes settle.

You need a support system for every 4" of cake height.
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