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I tried one time to continue to let my cake bake after it overflowed, and smoke had filled the oven.  The cake ended up tasting smoky. I had to throw it away and do it again. Hope your cake doesn't taste smoky.

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post #17 of 57

This very same thing happened to me one time using the wasc recipe. I also filled it up 2/3 way up. If I ever did it again I would only fill up 1/2 way. I learned my lesson the hard way!!
 

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Yep.  AGREE on 'just say NO' to  filling up to 2/3.  what a MESS!!!!!!  

 

Baking is all done~  Yippee!!!!!!!  icon_biggrin.gif

 

Thanks for the tips for stacking.  Stacking, icing and decorating is tomorrow.  I pray it goes better.  

 

My crusting buttercream, now is too crusting, and gets very hard.  I can't win.  LOL.  I think tomorrow, I will try and add more crisco into the mix to see if it will soften.  Any ideas?  So I had too much fat at first and it would not crust.  Now it crusts too much, so I am thinking add in a bit more fat?

 

NO rain in the next few days, in fact sunny and low 80's.  We do have an SUV and I plan on putting it in the back, FLAT and wedged.  Carrying it will be a trick, but hubby will do it.  I pray it makes it safely after all this.  Parking could be a problem, so I will pray for a close parking space at just the right time!  

 

I promise to take pictures and share both the good, the bad and the ugly. Spooky, sorry you had to rebake.  I think I caught mine early enough that the smoke was not too bad, at least I hope so.  If it tastes like smoke.... I will CRY for sure.  icon_sad.gif

 

You were right.  The WASC recipe is forgiving and very sturdy.  I did have leftover batter and made some cupcakes.  They are not very sweet as I suspected, but with all the added icing, it should be ok.

 

I will keep you all posted.  Thanks for the encouragement and staying with me.  I feel like I am not totally alone in this and that surely helps!

post #19 of 57

doing good!

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post #20 of 57
Sorry, but what is WASC recipe mean?
post #21 of 57

white almond sour cream.  It is a modified box mix recipe that is quite popular.  I haven't tried it so don't have  a link but if you google wasc cake central I would think would get you more information.

post #22 of 57
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Here is the recipe I used:  http://cakecentral.com/a/white-almond-sour-cream-cake-wasc

 

I am on my third try for a strawberry filling.  The first two were too wet.  Going for strawberry jam and some buttercream at this point.  The chocolate layer is stacked with a oreo/buttercream mix.  That one looks good.  The darn strawberry one is giving me fits.  I forgot fresh strawberries get wetter after they are cut.  :(

post #23 of 57

strawberries are kinda leaky--lots of people use jam + buttercream ;)--will be delicious!

 

congrats on the chocolate tier!! yay!!!

 

hey--thought for you

 

you will want a rim of icing encircling the strawberry filling

 

it's called a dam and it helps keep things secure

 

typically it's piped out of a decorating bag--like one with a big hole in the tip

 

or one with an open coupler if you're familiar with that

 

but it could be swiped on with a spatula all the way around the rim of the cakes--it would be evened out by the cake that sits on top of it all and it is pretty important to have it on there one way or the other ;)

 

 

 

 

like you'd swipe the mayo off a knife--just swipe a small blob of icing swiped of the spatula all the way around-- lotsa swipes

 

about the same height as the layer of filling will be

 

a thought for you


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post #24 of 57

Did you build a dam around it so it doesn't leak?

post #25 of 57
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Yep!  thanks for the tips.  I did do the dam, twice, but the darn strawberries were way too wet.  I waited two hours dabbing with paper towels, but they kept weeping. Tried putting the top on (the 6" one) and the red wetness oozed out after about a half hour. Gave up after two hours of waiting for the mixture to dry out.  wiped the whole thing clean and started over.  The jam worked GREAT.  Still put the dam around, jam, then a bit of buttercream.  There must be a trick that bakeries use when they put in fresh strawberries, but I have no idea what it is.  I am taking pictures!  

post #26 of 57

the trick this baker uses is a real sharp knife

 

and i encase the berries in whipped cream

 

put the dam around, then a thin layer of wc all across

 

then cut strawberries* laid in like a mosaic

 

then another layer of wc to seal the deal

 

it's kept chilled so the fat in the wc keeps the berries from peeing

 

cut on the smaller side so the cake serves & slices nice

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post #27 of 57

then there's the trick to get the wc whipped right....icon_biggrin.gif

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post #28 of 57

Ivitg, I have been following, and trying to help a bit, since you started having troubles with the icing.  Now that you are at the picture stage I am going to stop biting my tongue and ask....why did you not try out the recipe for cake, icing, filling, etc before your daughters big day?  One sample cake before hand and you would have discovered all of these difficulties when you had plenty of time to make corrections without the added stress of the wedding tomorrow.  I am curious but also posting this for others following along that may be able to avoid these problems at the last minute.  I am glad they are all put together and at picture stage and hope you can go on to enjoy all of the festivities.

post #29 of 57
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Denetteb,

I am LOL!  You are so right about I should have tried the recipes ahead of time.  YES!!  YES!  YES!!!   I am taking a much needed break, so this is my story and I am sticking to it.....

 

Non-cake info:  

We had three months to plan a wedding that we are doing EVERYTHING ourselves other than some grilled chicken being delivered at dinner.  (smallest of budgets!)   We found a wedding dress for a great price, but it needed to be altered.  Sewing is what I love.  Not clothes sewing so much, but quilts.  Anyhow, I am comfortable with a needle, so I offered to alter and hem it.  Also, to save more, I offered and made a cathedral veil and added lace by hand around the entire length.  It needed something more, so I added over 1000 small pearls, each one sewn by hand.  I love this kind of sewing, so it was a complete joy to do. I then had some lace left so added some around the waist with more pearls.  

 

Some cake info:  

Also during this time, I watched dozens upon dozens of youtube videos about cake decorating and making/stacking wedding cakes as well as taught myself how to make gum-paste roses.  I thought making gum-paste flowers would be good, since I could do them ahead of time.  I made 40 roses of various sizes on toothpicks and dozens of drop flowers and also learned to make marshmallow fondant that I used to make the gum paste.  I also decided to make some leaves out of gum paste too, so had to figure those out.  And in the middle of all this cake stuff, I decided my daughter needed a bustle on her wedding dress, so I had to research that and sew that, too. 

 

I kept thinking I should at least TRY a small cake, but just could not get the energy.  We don't eat a lot of sweets here, so I just could not get up the energy to make icing and cake for practice only.  I was just too tired and then ran out of time.  Besides, I have cooked for over 40 years and used to make decorated cakes 30+ years ago.  I would remember, right?  How hard could it be?  HA!  Ummmmmm...  icon_cool.gif What a complete dummy!  I guess I must have been in denial.   I now feel like this whole wedding cake project was a huge undertaking that was way over my head, especially considering everything else I am doing.  Oh, and my 88 year old mother needed her clothes altered... etc, etc, etc... icon_smile.gif

 

I would advise anyone considering making a wedding cake as their first project that you MUST do at least one small cake using all your needed skills so you could work out the kinks.  Thank God for you all here.  I only had one major meltdown and it was today, when my elderly mother was scolding me (I am in my 60's) for not taking a break and not eating lunch.  Seriously?  LOL!  I was over the edge!  I had to apologize later.  

 

Seriously, you here have been my saving grace and my lifeline.  Otherwise, I might have gone completely berserk.  I really did not anticipate these kind of problems.  Who knew?  I tell you what!  I have such respect now for bakers that do this for a living.  Holy cow!!  I bow down to you!  thumbs_up.gif  I praise your patience, your time, your understanding.  I wish I could take you all out for lunch!  Please, if you come to my area in southern CA, contact me and we can do lunch!!


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I am LOL!  You are so right about I should have tried the recipes ahead of time.  YES!!  YES!  YES!!!   I am taking a much needed break, so here goes my story.....

 

Non-cake info:  

We had three months to plan a wedding that we are doing EVERYTHING ourselves other than some grilled chicken being delivered at dinner.  (smallest of budgets!)   We found a wedding dress for a great price, but it needed to be altered.  Sewing is what I love.  Not clothes sewing so much, but quilts.  Anyhow, I am comfortable with a needle, so I offered to alter and hem it.  Also, to save more, I offered and made a cathedral veil and added lace by hand around the entire length.  It needed something more, so I added over 1000 small pearls, each one sewn by hand.  I love this kind of sewing, so it was a complete joy to do. I then had some lace left so added some around the waist with more pearls.  

 

Some cake info:  

Also during this time, I watched dozens upon dozens of youtube videos about cake decorating and making/stacking wedding cakes as well as taught myself how to make gum-paste roses.  I thought making gum-paste flowers would be good, since I could do them ahead of time.  I made 40 roses of various sizes on toothpicks and dozens of drop flowers and also learned to make marshmallow fondant that I used to make the gum paste.  I also decided to make some leaves out of gum paste too, so had to figure those out.  And in the middle of all this cake stuff, I decided my daughter needed a bustle on her wedding dress, so I had to research that and sew that, too. 

 

I kept thinking I should at least TRY a small cake, but just could not get the energy.  We don't eat a lot of sweets here, so I just could not get up the energy to make icing and cake for practice only.  I was just too tired and then ran out of time.  Besides, I have cooked for over 40 years and used to make decorated cakes 30+ years ago.  I would remember, right?  How hard could it be?  HA!  Ummmmmm...  icon_cool.gif  I now feel like this whole wedding cake project was a huge undertaking that was way over my head, especially considering everything else I am doing.  Oh, and my 88 year old mother needed her clothes altered... etc, etc, etc... icon_smile.gif

 

I would advise anyone considering making a wedding cake as their first project that you MUST do at least one small cake using all your needed skills so you could work out the kinks.  Thank God for you all here.  I only had one major meltdown and it was today, when my elderly mother was scolding me (I am in my 60's) for not taking a break and not eating lunch.  Seriously?  LOL!  I was over the edge!  I had to apologize later.  

 

Seriously, you here have been my saving grace and my lifeline.  Otherwise, I might have gone completely berserk.  I really did not anticipate these kind of problems.  Who knew?  I tell you what!  I have such respect now for bakers that do this for a living.  Holy cow!!  I bow down to you!  thumbs_up.gif  I praise your patience, your time, your understanding.  I wish I could take you all out for lunch!  Please, if you come to my area in southern CA, contact me and we can do lunch!!

 

 

omg you totally crack me up!!!

 

today was your only major meltdown--wednesday & thursday were just minor ones???  icon_lol.gif

 

and the cakes baking over and the smoke--that was not meltdown-ish either ;)

 

how much ativan did you take???

 

grilfriend, i wanted some ativan!!!

 

all day i was waiting to hear from you--no news is good news i kept thinking

 

and i also kept thinking (wrongly) that i'm so glad there are no fillings--thank god for that

 

all she's gotta do it plop it all together and good to go

 

then you pop up with fresh strawberries my stomach did a few flips

 

omg--i can't believe all the sewing you have done!!!

 

what a wonderful wedding day ambiance you have created, the cake, the dress, the one thousand pearls and veil and alterations and wow i'm sure there's more but how beyond sweet!!!! all the studying and taught yourself flowers for your girl--(you made me cry) way way way too cool

 

no wonder you said "I kept thinking I should at least TRY a small cake, but just could not get the energy." yah think?!

 

and do get a nice big glass of water and stay hydrated--listen to your mom!!! and eat right tomorrow--weddings take a ton of energy out of you

 

and have the most wonderful day tomorrow--will be thinking of you all

 

did you get the dowel in ok???

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