My daughter just baked the bear, and he is falling into himself, as soon as she took the core out of the bear, she did add the pudding mix to the package mix to make him more sturdy, any idea what is wrong, is it possible he was not baked long enough?
Thank you for you help, we are new here
Hi and Welcome to CC, sandimc45.
Decoding CC acronyms:
The Wilton directions said to use a pudding-added cake mix like BC or Pillsbury. Did you instead add a whole box of pudding to DH (non-pudding cake mix).
(Alternatively, it recommended using either a pound cake or a pound/cake mix combination for a total of 6-2/3 cups batter.)
Directions for 3D bear:
Adding a whole box of pudding mix (without anything else) threw your cake formula off (too much sugar) and resulted in your cake falling apart.
Did your daughter follow the detailed 25 minute cooling procedures (page 2 of above pdf "baking directions") before unmolding.
Handy cake troubleshooting charts:
Doctored cake mix recipes for 3D cakes:
The Core is supposed to stay in the bear after baking. It gives him the support he needs to stand up on the cake board. Once you flip him right side up and take the pan itself off (front and back pieces) you won't even see the core. HTH
I just made a duck cake with the 3D pan and we made like 6 of them, we either undercooked them and the lil guy would collapse, or half of his head would not go to the pan, I mean you name it, it happened 6 TIMES!!! We got it right the 7th time, but I told myself never again with the 3D pans, it was a hot mess!!! Ironically, we did use the recipe for the 3D pan, so I dont know, even at the 7th try, we had to doctor the lil rubber duck up. Good luck to anyone who works with those pans!!!
When I use the 3D pans I just use my regular boxed cake mix Pillsbury, white, chocolate, etc. thats all I've ever used. So far I've not had any problems (27 years) I do follow the cooling directions, and I bake them a day ahead of time, so they can rest and firm up. I have an order for the 3D cake this weekend so I will bake it Thursday night late. Hope some of this helps
I had trouble with my 3D pan also...after posting a question, I found that the recommended batter was not enough, cuz mine did not rise up enough to fill the feet.. and baked without the core, it worked better...but in the end, I ended up making mine with rice krispy treats because it was going on top of cake and I didn't need that much cake anyway.
Good luck to you..I know after baking it twice, I was ready to give up.
I just baked this cake yetserday..There are several tricks to getting a good result with these pans...Ask me..I know!!
Good preperation..Grease,flour pan and properly attach the clips.
Fill until about 2/3 up the pan and insert the core and twist.Make sure the core is also greased and floured.
I usually bake for about 1 hour and 10 minutes.but check with a wooden skewer as every area is different and baking times vary.
When I take it out of the oven I lay it on it's back for a few minutes.I scrape off the excess cake and junk which has baked and overflowed on the outside by the core.I unclip and gently take a sharp paring knife and pry the top off slowly.Once it feels like it is loose I remove it and wash it out throughly in the sink...scrubbing and everything.Then once I have washed it I put a couple of pieces of saran wrap overtop the pan half and replace it back on the cake and then flip the cake and repeat the steps.Once I have done this the cake has been released from both sides and I now have a clean fresh pan to put it back into.I then loosen the core back and forth and remove and clean it with soap and water like the the other pan halves and cover with saran and re insert.You can leave the halves off to cool switching back and forth.Once cooled I wrap the entire thing up with saran wrap and either refridgerate or freeze.Freezing may cause the core to stick though so I refridgerate.The cake is much easier to handle when cold.When I go to decorate I hold the cake in my palm and fill the empty core area with icing mixed with Smarties or M and M's or some candy for the kids.Set it on the board and finish it off.
Hope that helps!!
Thank you all so very much for all your replies, I am such a blonde this week, (graying blonde ) I thought the messages came to my mail box and then today finally I thought I better check here, so I do apologize.
She remade the cake in chocolate, and was so careful, but somehow the core moved and when she undercovered him there was the core showing through(I was there at the time)the front of his neck. She put him into the fridge and left him, when she removed the core which was a struggle, she had a big hole in him.
I have given her all your idea's (at this moment she does not have a computer) one lady she has met here in town, said she never used a pudding mix and has been making them for years just like the one lady said on here.
She is going to try him again, but is thinking of using the flat bear as this is an order that has to drive several hours to the party. WE fear this 3D fellow will not make it no matter how he comes out.
Thanks again I will keep you posted