I Don't Know What Happened...any Advice??

Decorating By adorablemomof3 Updated 21 Oct 2009 , 1:11am by rosiecast

adorablemomof3 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 5:44pm
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I made the cutest purse cake for my daughter for her birthday. I used 2 8" rounds, put icing between the two layers so it would act as the adhesive, crumb coated it, iced it again, decorated it, added a little pearl handle. I thought it was tooooo cute for a first time purse cake.

In route to take her to have dinner with her friends it started separating. I stopped at the party city to see if they had anything I could use to keep it from further coming apart and I was able to get some lollipop sticks but to no avail.

I'm thinking next time I stack my layers and shaped the cake but this seemed so simple...I was horrified for such a lovely cake to come apart.

Has anyone else made a cake with the round layers by standing them up and had success or have any advice to offer for the next time I try this?

Thanks in advance!

Adorablemomof3

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nonnyscakes Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 7:23pm
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So sorry to hear that your cake separated. I have done it once, but not rounded and they were covered in fondant.

vtcake Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 8:15pm
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So, you stood the two layers up on end to make the purse, not set one on top of the other?

I was wondering if anyone did this. Would like to know if there's a way, as well.

Sorry it fell apart, I'm sure your daughter appreciated your time and talent.

adorablemomof3 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 8:44pm
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Originally Posted by vtcake

So, you stood the two layers up on end to make the purse, not set one on top of the other?

I was wondering if anyone did this. Would like to know if there's a way, as well.

Sorry it fell apart, I'm sure your daughter appreciated your time and talent.




Thanks. Yes. You trim the round part off on one end and there is even a tutorial on youtube for doing it that way. BUT I don't think I will do it that way again. My daughter did appreciate it and she saw the finished product before it became a disaster.

One good lesson I learned is to "always" take a picture of the cake before it leaves the house.

cakegrandma Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 9:14pm
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I have used a straw at an angle from the top of each side to hold them together. Run one from the right side down at an angle crossing over into the bottom of the left side and one from the left side down crossing over into the right side. It is like an X but they don't cross over the center but, cross over both sides of the cake. This, besides the icing will hold them together. I hope this has helped you out with your problem.
evelyn

adorablemomof3 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 11:08pm
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Originally Posted by cakegrandma

I have used a straw at an angle from the top of each side to hold them together. Run one from the right side down at an angle crossing over into the bottom of the left side and one from the left side down crossing over into the right side. It is like an X but they don't cross over the center but, cross over both sides of the cake. This, besides the icing will hold them together. I hope this has helped you out with your problem.
evelyn




Evelyn, When I stopped at party city I was getting the lollipop sticks just for that purpose but maybe because it was already coming apart it didn't work...

thesugargirl Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 11:50pm
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Hi there!!

I once dis it, i used a round cake to make a purse cake, i think it has to do with the cake recipe, use a pound cake recipe, it worked for me...

good luck and so sorry!

sadsmile Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:06am
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Next time try carving off some of the sides at an angle to make the purse thinner at the top and wider at the bottom to help it defy gravity.

Angfastic Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:13am
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I cut the side that was going to be the bottom of the purse flat so it would stand without falling over. It was 2 layers of WASC iced in Sam's buttercream and it remained standing the whole time. The last minute fondant handle, was a different story icon_smile.gif.

adorablemomof3 Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:24am
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Originally Posted by Angfastic

I cut the side that was going to be the bottom of the purse flat so it would stand without falling over. It was 2 layers of WASC iced in Sam's buttercream and it remained standing the whole time. The last minute fondant handle, was a different story icon_smile.gif.




Yup...that's what I did.

Sam's buttercream? You can buy Sam's buttercream??? Wow!

adorablemomof3 Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:25am
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Originally Posted by sadsmile

Next time try carving off some of the sides at an angle to make the purse thinner at the top and wider at the bottom to help it defy gravity.




Thanks for the suggestion!

adorablemomof3 Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 12:26am
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Originally Posted by thesugargirl

Hi there!!

I once dis it, i used a round cake to make a purse cake, i think it has to do with the cake recipe, use a pound cake recipe, it worked for me...

good luck and so sorry!




Thanks for the suggestion!

feverfixer Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 4:30am
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I'm wondering if the cake was too 'fresh'. I had the same problem when I decorated a cake I had made that morning. Since then I always let the cake firm up overnight before decorating. I have made the same shape a couple of times since without a problem.
HTH
Diane

nonnyscakes Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 1:49pm
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Originally Posted by adorablemomof3


Sam's buttercream? You can buy Sam's buttercream??? Wow!




Yes, you can buy white, red, blue, black, etc.... from the bakery section - At our Sam's you have to ask for it because it is stored in the back.

Ursula40 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 12:27am
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I skewer those at angles( 2-3- bamboo slewers from top to bottom, always going through both halves of cake) and always let the cakes firm up in the refridgerator first. Do that with a halved 9x11 as well, although if I do that, it cannot travel far. With a round it should do ok

rosiecast Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 1:11am
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Originally Posted by lees_luv

Quote:
Originally Posted by adorablemomof3


Sam's buttercream? You can buy Sam's buttercream??? Wow!



Yes, you can buy white, red, blue, black, etc.... from the bakery section - At our Sam's you have to ask for it because it is stored in the back.




So does it taste good? Gotta get a membership to sams

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