Leaky Chocolate Cake

Decorating By servantgirl2001 Updated 13 Jul 2009 , 4:22am by sweet-thing

servantgirl2001 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:36pm
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I made my first wedding cake about a week ago. It had three chocolate tiers each stacked directly on top of the other; no pillars. I used Duncan Hines cake mixes and the bottom layers turned out fine, but the top layer slowly leaked a sticky, reddish fluid from the time it was frosted until the time it was eaten!
Thankfully, after I actually had the cake together, the border around the base of the top layer acted as a dam to keep it from running down the sides of the cake, but when I lifted the top layer off to cut the cake, there was a ring of the nasty stuff underneath it.
What causes this? And why did only one of the three cakes have this affliction since (I think) I made them all the same way? icon_confused.gif

4 replies
fabulosity Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 12:47pm
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Did it have a filling? I have had a cake where the dam was not big enough or I just over filled the filling and that causes nasty leakage.

servantgirl2001 Posted 22 Jun 2009 , 2:13pm
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It was frosted and filled with white buttercream.

cindycostigan Posted 12 Jul 2009 , 9:11pm
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I just had the same problem with a cake for a wedding I did yesterday. It did not show up until the cake was totally frosted and taken to the wedding for setup.

sweet-thing Posted 13 Jul 2009 , 4:22am
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I have no idea if this could be the problem but I had a sweaty, leaky cake because I frosted too soon. If the cake isn't absolutely cool it sweats under there. But I have also heard on here that if you refrigerate the cake and then bring it out in the warm air it can get runny/sweaty. Sorry, probably not much help.

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