It landed on the counter so it's still sanitary but a big chunk of it broke off. It's not the end of the world the cake is for a small get together with friends tonight. They won't care if it looks ugly but I do. Is there any chance of saving it. Will royal icing work to glue it together or are there any magic tricks to saving it? Or should I give up and just slap some icing on the top and call it done.
I hate when that happens.
I've used icing lots of times to glue cake back together. It works fine. Maybe throw it in the fridge for a bit before icing it so the entire cake with newly attached half will firm back up so you can frost it better.
Try to glue the part that broke off back on with the same kind of icing you're covering it with, then refrigerate it. You can re-frost it when it hardens up. Good luck, and don't feel too bad, if you have to drop a cake at least this wasn't one that someone was paying you to do!
I am sorry allydav, that stinks when that happens. I don't have much advice that hasn't been given already but I do have a word of encouragment....on last night's episode of Ace of Cakes they dropped and/or ruined several of their cakes and they get paid LOTS more than any of us probably do for a cake! It happens to the best decorators!! Hang in there and keep in mind that the cake will still taste just as good and your friends know what you can do already!
YEAP!!!..use the same icing you covered the cake with sit it in the frig and you can save it that way. I had a grooms cake do that to me one time and thats how i saved it. Heck I have had cakes not cook all the way a little. I use cake that i have trimed off the top to fix the hole that I dig.
If it is for friends and family I would make call balls with it