I'm trying to make a cake and I have a fruit filling that is inside. I used the "pool" method to keep the filling in place, but when I put the fondant on top of the cake, you can see the icing/space where the filling is. It looks like it is bulging out.
How can I make it so that my fondant covered cake is smooth all over? I even tried removing some of the filling to make the "non cake" area smaller but nothing seems to be working! Please help! Any suggestions or explanations would be greatly appreciated!
The only thing I do is to pipe a super thick (not quite thick as dough, but close) buttercream dam around the outside ring of the cake before putting the filling inside. That helps the filling stay in and helps the top layer sit on the bottom layer with more support. Some people fill their cakes and then either put a cake board on the top layer and push down or leave the filled cake to sit for anywhere from a couple of hours to overnight before laying on the fondant. That will give the cake time to settle, and if it's going to bulge, it will do so before you get the fondant on, when there is still time to fix it easily.
What's the "pool" method?
Sounds as if you used too much filling. Are you sure it's bulging badly or you just being a perfectionist?
Can't you do a design on the sides to hide it?
tracey1970 took the words right out of my mouth! I am also one of those that once filled, I bag the tiers, remove as much air as possible and let the cake(s) compress and settle for at least 8 hours, but usually overnight before crumb coating and applying the fondant. I never have bulges using this method. Please give it a try!
Sometimes if your fondant covering is a bit too thin, it will show more imperfections, try keeping it at about 1/4" thick. Also, I agree with the freezing/settling. I always freeze my cakes before icing. : ) Good luck!
Sleeved pastry filling usage chart by cake size:
http://www.countrykitchensa.com/ckideas/ckIdea.aspx?Occ1Id=&ideaId=168&idea=494&occasion=General Cake Instructions
Yep I agree with Tracy & Online Annie not enough settling time.