Help!!!!why Is My Cake Doing This?see Picture

Decorating By mari0504 Updated 22 Oct 2007 , 3:10pm by mari0504

mari0504 Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:07pm
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ok im having a very bad day first the ganache
now the fondant; it's bulging exactly where i have tort the cake
i think i know why the bottom (because of the weight???) or maybe not..
but why the top tier ??
oh man i have about 3 hours to hand this in icon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
PLEAS PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

just in case it's butter cake w/ shortening vanilla buttercream
8in on 10in with 5 wooden dowels
i place the dowles..um 1 inch from the inside below 8in i hope that make sense...
ok I'll wait for some help; I think I need a drink icon_eek.gif

oh yeah and my batteries die so the pic is from a cell ...sorry
LL

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TexasSugar Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:13pm
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This happens sometimes when you do fillings in your cake. You may have put too much filling in there. The best thing to do with a filling is after it is in there and you put the next layer on, let them sit and settle a few hours before you cover with your final icing. The weight from the next layer can push some of the filling out to the sides.

Denae Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:13pm
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when you torte your cake, let it settle before you wrap it. are your layers frozen?

jenncowin Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:07pm
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You may have cut your dowels too short and the top cake is actually resting on the bottom one causing it to bulge. If it's warm, the buttercream maybe sliding under the fondant or you may have too much filling between the layers and it's seeping out. There's several factors that it could be. First thing I would do is take the top tier off and redo the dowels. Good luck! Post a pic when it's done!

beachcakes Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:17pm
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Oh you poor thing! Sometimes this happens if the layers "settle". To avoid the bulge in future, let the cake sit a few hours after filling and before icing.

Can you take the ribbon off and resmoothe?

mari0504 Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:25pm
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oh gosh icon_cry.gif
so that leaves me no choice to peel fondant and recover with new..
anybody in brooklyn, ny section that wants to take over this cake for me... icon_lol.gif

i cant do this oh my gosh...

mpaigew Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:20pm
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Yep, your layers settled. If you make your icing dam very thick, fill it and crumb coat it, and then let it sit (I let it sit overnight just to be safe) you won't have this problem. The actual amount of filling doesn't have anything to do with it, it's that the cake didn't have time to settle before you put the final coat of icing on. It took me a LONG time to figure this out!!!

DianeLM Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:29pm
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It could also be the weight of the fondant pressing down on the cake that's causing the filling to bulge. If you used a light cake - such as a straight, undoctored, mix - it may not be able to withstand the weight of the fondant. The only suggestion I have is to remove the fondant, scoop some of the filling out with your finger, roll the fondant thinner than before and recover the cakes.

cupcakers Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:30pm
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I had a cake do the same thing this summer do to heat making the icing soft and the filling wants to buldge out the sides I learned from my mistake to always pop the cake back in the fridge and let it settle first. Good Luck

SweetTcakes Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:23pm
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Yes you can! You've gotten this far.

thecakestylist Posted 21 Oct 2007 , 1:25am
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MMmm, did you make an icing dam before you filled it? I don't hink I can add much to what people have already suggested, but here are my 2 cents:

Try a couple of the options below:

1- make a thick icing dam before you fill
2- work in air conditioned room
3- fill less or thicken your filling
4- if you think it might overflow again, refrigerate wait for it to settle
5- check the height of your dowel rods


Good luck!!! Post a pic when done icon_smile.gif

mari0504 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 2:46pm
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UPDATE
THANK YOU ALL, for the tips & encouragement...

I have to say that I was in total panic...I wanted to cry so so bad.
I was soo scared. This was my first tier cake and it was down to crunch time...I wanted to seriously give up!

so what happened??? i peeled off fonant remove extra buttercream
shaved for trimmings re-buttercream and placed in the fridge;
while I worked new fondant and decorations
I recovered the cake and decorated; it actually took me less time about 1 1/2 hours and the work was much better; finished the touches right in front of the client; who was so amazed at the cake phew!!!!

of course she drove away so quickly I didn't have a chance to take a pic; she did promise to send me one...
on top of all this I was working on 2 other ADULT cakes...I was in over my head icon_eek.gif

beachcakes Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 2:47pm
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Glad it worked out for you! Post a picture when you get it! icon_smile.gif

woodthi32 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 2:52pm
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great!!!!! disaster averted!! THAT is a great feeling!!

woodthi32 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 2:52pm
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great!!!!! disaster averted!! THAT is a great feeling!!

twindees Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 3:02pm
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See you did it. All you had to do was calm down.

mari0504 Posted 22 Oct 2007 , 3:10pm
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NOW IT IS lol,lol seriously I wanted someone else to finish this cake for me...and to top it off I pulled my back the day before so im walking around like a stiff mummy tapedshut.gif in a pure panic attack
but I pulled myself together and they were very 3 sucessfull cakes..

3 weeks ago I had my first 2 cake challenge; I sweared I wasn't gonna do 2 cakes in one day ever !!!!!! and HELLO icon_eek.gif I did 3... don't I learn my lesson ...

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