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SOS: Cake broke into 3 pieces, due tomorrow morning!

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Hi guys, my 10" round cake broke into 3 pieces while I was moving it (still undecorated) to my cake board. It's one of the layers for the bottom tier of a 3-tier stacked, fondant decorated cake. It had plenty of time to cool overnight, and I've made this recipe numerous times before without a hitch, so I put it down to me not being careful/gentle enough.

Anyway, my question is, should I forge ahead (the cake will be ganached under fondant) or should I rebake? The cake is due tomorrow morning so I'm afraid it won't have time to cool sufficiently for me to complete decorating today (it's 1.20pm Friday where I am), but I'm not sure if the entire cake will sag/crumble if use the "broken" cake?

Am pretty new at this, so would appreciate experienced CC-ers advice. Starting to panic now!

Thanks.

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post #2 of 47

If in doubt I would rebake where possible but it sounds that you may not have enough time for that. 

 

If the cake was for a paying customer I would make another, working through the night if necessary but if it's for a friend or being done for cost/free then you could stick the broken bits together with ganache and use this as the middle layer, so the undamaged ones are top and bottom, making it easier to cover flawlessly.  Chances are they'd never notice anyway.
 

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Hi Suzanne, Thanks for taking the time to respond. I was going to try using the broken layer, but it fell apart more when I tried moving it, so I bit the bullet and re-baked the layer. It was ordered by my friend for his son's 1st birthday, but I was going to gift it anyway (didn't tell until after the party).. regardless I wouldn't have wanted my cake to fall apart on anyone :) Worked through the night I did, indeed! But it was well worth it. Here's a picture.. it was a Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!-themed party. My first stacked cake, so lots to improve on!

 

Thanks again :)

Ally

 

Dr. Seuss' Oh, the Places You'll Go!-themed, 1st birthday cake

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Thats a great cake! icon_smile.gif
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Very cute, amazing what we can do when our backs are to the wallicon_biggrin.gif

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post #6 of 47

Love your cake!! It looks great! You're a wonderful friend and such a pro!

post #7 of 47
Been there too! Great job pulling through. Do you freeze your cake layers? I'd like to know how you made the clouds and elephants?
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Letty38: Thanks :)

 

wildflowercakes: yes I think caking (cake baking and decorating) is a good character builder.. you can't just give up, and HAVE to make things work somehow!

 

cakefat: thank you, but I'm far from being a pro.. the cake isn't perfectly centered or level, if you look at it at eye-level *sheepish grin*

 

Rommy: Hi there. I don't freeze my cake layers, although I do know that makes them easier to handle. I'm not comfortable with the idea of doing so, might have to give it a try some day, but my freezer is pretty small and full! The clouds were made using a flower cutter. I just stretched the flowers out a bit to look less flower-like. As for the elephants (my favourite thing about this cake :)), I printed a picture of the elephant, made sure it's the size I want and traced it onto a piece of cardboard. Cut around the template with a sharp knife, and add on details with an edible ink pen. Do give it a go, it's pretty simple, albeit a bit time consuming.. the thinner parts (trunk and tail) are rather fragile, so be careful not to break them.

 

BTW, noticed your profile picture.. I'm planning to make a giant cupcake rose bouquet for my mom on Mother's Day.. my giant cupcake mold just arrived, can't wait! I hope mine turns out as nicely as yours.. your "flowerpot" is flawless! Did you use candy melts or just coloured white chocolate?

 

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post #9 of 47
Ally, that cake is soooo freaking cute!!! I love it. You did an amazing job, I didn't notice the middle tier was ever so slightly off centered until you mentioned it. Then I had to go back and look!! Lol you are being too hard on yourself, it's a flawless beautiful cake.

Btw, I understand the issue with with freezer space but freezing the cakes (even for just an hour) will make them so much easier to stack and ice. When I use buttercream on a slightly frozen cake it is so easy to ice that I don't have to do a crumb coat if I'm in a major hurry and short on time/energy!
post #10 of 47

That is a really cute cake. I love it.
 

post #11 of 47
Ally, as far as the material you used for the clouds and elephants...fondant, gumpaste?
I just made my giant cupcake two weeks ago using the wilton pan. I made the cupcake liner with melted Merckens candy melts using a tutorial from a fellow cakecentral member.
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Ally, as far as the material you used for the clouds and elephants...fondant, gumpaste?
I just made my giant cupcake two weeks ago using the wilton pan. I made the cupcake liner with melted Merckens candy melts using a tutorial from a fellow cakecentral member.

OOH, please do share will you. I'm going to be making giant cupcakes and i would love to know how to make giant cupcake liners.

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Ally, that cake is soooo freaking cute!!! I love it. You did an amazing job, I didn't notice the middle tier was ever so slightly off centered until you mentioned it. Then I had to go back and look!! Lol you are being too hard on yourself, it's a flawless beautiful cake.

Btw, I understand the issue with with freezer space but freezing the cakes (even for just an hour) will make them so much easier to stack and ice. When I use buttercream on a slightly frozen cake it is so easy to ice that I don't have to do a crumb coat if I'm in a major hurry and short on time/energy!

Thanks, haha.. I guess we are our worst critics. Of course we spend hours working on and scrutinizing our cakes so closely, we see every single flaw! On freezing cakes, do you decorate with fondant, and if you do, do you have problems with the fondant getting sticky? Or do you wait till the cake is fully thawed and at room temp before covering with fondant?

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OOH, please do share will you. I'm going to be making giant cupcakes and i would love to know how to make giant cupcake liners.

Thanks for the compliment, BakerBee icon_smile.gif Will let Rommy answer your question, but I found this tutorial (link below), not sure if it's the same one Rommy used icon_smile.gif

http://cakecentral.com/tutorial/giant-cupcake-candy-melt-base

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Ally, as far as the material you used for the clouds and elephants...fondant, gumpaste?
I just made my giant cupcake two weeks ago using the wilton pan. I made the cupcake liner with melted Merckens candy melts using a tutorial from a fellow cakecentral member.

I used fondant, with a bit of CMC kneaded in. I made the clouds (and balloons) a couple of days earlier to let them harden, to add some dimension to the cake, but the elephants were made the day of, as I wanted them stuck flat on the cake. HTH.

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