HAAA!!!!! I was asked to make a carrot cake Grinch. When I was planning it out, I knew that by using the ball pan as a base in conjunction with carrot cake, I was basically setting myself up for the bottom layer to have the potential for squashing. I actually even kind of counted on it for the correct shape for the head, but still made it a firmer-than-usual carrot cake, with no raisins or nuts to make it easier to carve and stack.
Well, it "worked" ... I assembled it earlier today, and the bottom layer is, in effect, squashing up in comparison to the top layers. Like I said, I was rather counting on it, and this actually suits the design ... but it's still rather heart-stopping to watch my cake sloooowwwwlyyyy siiiiiiinnnnnnk. I'm hoping it will have stopped by this evening, and I can decorate the now-settled cake appropriately. Wish me luck!
I can't wait to see a pic. Bet it turns out great.
How scary! If it looks like it's just gonna blow out, you might consider unstacking it and doweling the bottom cake, put the ball cake on a cake board before replacing and re-icing. Hope it works out without that additional effort!
Heehee .... ceshell, this is despite the doweling! It's just too moist and light a cake for this ... we'll see what happens . I have enough time to redo if need be, so I'm not stressing too much ... hopefully it will work out . We'll find out after I put the kids down .
Thanks for the encouragement! And yes, jo_ann, I will sure as heck post a pic when I'm done, one way or another ....
Here it is! As it turns out, the shape turned out basically like I hoped it would, and the big floppy features were forgiving. Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed for me!
The cake turned out awesome!
Gah, I thought you meant you hadn't doweled. This is WITH doweling?!
Well I just looked at the pic, and I agree, it totally worked in your favor! I don't even know which part was sinking on you because it looks just perfect the way it is!!
Wow, did he ever turn out great.
Thanks so much! I'm a little worried at how it might look when they cut into it, but hopefully it'll be compacted yet not crumbly. We'll see!