Why Oh Why Does Cake Shrink?!?!

Decorating By thems_my_kids Updated 22 Nov 2008 , 9:20pm by leah_s

thems_my_kids Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 5:13pm
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I'm doing a wedding cake. 14", 10", 8" and 5" tiers and the 3 larger cakes all shrunk by ½ an inch. Why and how can I prevent it next time?

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indydebi Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 6:44pm
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I really have no idea .... to me, it's just part of baking. However, I do notice that if I let a cake get away from me and it overbakes a little, then it shrinks slightly. I don't view it as a problem, though. If the cake shrinks enough that the cardboard is significantly bigger, I just trim the board to size.

all4cake Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 6:59pm
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It shrinks so you can put that much icing on it and they'll be just right! I don't know actually but that is what I do.

CakeWhizz Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 7:04pm
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I found this on the web at http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/baking-hints-tips/info/cakes.asp

I hope it helps.

If a homemade cake shrinks excessively around the edges, the following problems may have occurred:

The baking pans were greased too heavily.

The baking pans were placed too close together in the oven.

There was too little batter in the baking pan.

The batter was extremely over-mixed.

There was too little liquid in the batter.

The cake was over-baked - either too long a time or at too high a temperature.

thems_my_kids Posted 21 Nov 2008 , 7:19pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeWhizz

I found this on the web at http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/baking-hints-tips/info/cakes.asp

I hope it helps.

If a homemade cake shrinks excessively around the edges, the following problems may have occurred:

The baking pans were greased too heavily.

The baking pans were placed too close together in the oven.

There was too little batter in the baking pan.

The batter was extremely over-mixed.

There was too little liquid in the batter.

The cake was over-baked - either too long a time or at too high a temperature.




That's a huge margin for error! Thanks for posting that. I do heavily grease my pans because i'm terrified of them sticking. My 14" did stick a bit, but I "pasted" the broken part back in!

leah_s Posted 22 Nov 2008 , 9:20pm
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Well, all bakes goods shirnk a little when the bake. The water content evaporates.

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