I am having a heck of a time getting my cakes to stand up straight. The top is level but they look like the leaning tower of pisa. Do any of you have some tips or techniques that could help me with this issue? It's not horrible, but not perfectly straight either!
Are you talking about multi-tier cakes? If so, make sure you are supporting each tier correctly with a cake board and dowels or a separator plate system.
If you are having trouble with a single-tier cake, make sure you are using a good stiff icing dam to hold in your fillings and are not over-filling the cake. I find it helpful to fill and stack the cake and then refrigerate for 15 - 30 minutes before icing the cake.
I'm talking about a single tier cake (with 2 layers). I barely used any icing in between my cake layers so it's hard for me to imagine that it would make that big of a difference. I do stack my cakes while they're still frozen because it's easier for me to ice it that way. Maybe that's the reason??? I Just have no idea!
Thanks for your suggestion.
Are you leveling the layers before you stack them?
If your cake comes out with a 'hump', you need to trim that off so your cake sits level no matter which end is up.
Don't forget that the cakes expand as they thaw. The thawing may well be causing the problem. I've found that stacking and filling a frozen cake is okay, but it's best to wait until it's thawed to ice it. The thawing can also cause the icing to crack as the cake expands beneath it.