Unmolding Candy Melts From Wilton Cross Pan?

Sugar Work By Joshua_Alan Updated 29 Jun 2010 , 12:55am by auntginn

Joshua_Alan Posted 25 Jun 2010 , 9:43pm
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I'm trying to pull off this cake:

http://www.wilton.com/idea/Gracing-the-Occasion-Cake

but every time I try to unmold the cross it cracks. Any suggestions on how I can get this out without cracking it? Thanks!

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cheatize Posted 25 Jun 2010 , 10:33pm
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Is the chocolate thick enough? Have you tried freezing it for a couple of minutes?

Joshua_Alan Posted 26 Jun 2010 , 12:13am
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I'm pretty sure it's thick enough, but I haven't tried freezing it. I'll try that now, thanks!

cheatize Posted 26 Jun 2010 , 3:02am
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Crossing my fingers for you!

Joshua_Alan Posted 26 Jun 2010 , 3:49am
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*sigh* 3 more attempts, 3 more breaks all in the same place, right below the cross piece on the cross. I may just go buy a cross cake topper instead of fighting this.

DianeLM Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 9:35pm
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I realize I'm late to the party here, but, do you think it was cracking because it had to "fall" a couple of inches from the pan to your work surface? I usually unmold fragile pieces onto a thick piece of foam sponge. For this cross, it may be necessary to cut a piece of foam to fit inside the pan so when you flip it over, the chocolate doesn't fall.

For foam sponge, I buy chair cushion fillers at the fabric store.

Joshua_Alan Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 9:42pm
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Diane,

That may have been part of the problem, but what I found to truly be the challenge was the candy wasn't releasing from the sides of the metal pan. I eventually used wax paper as a pan liner, but because of the bevel in the cross this proved difficult to get the wax paper flat. The cross came out, but had some imperfections in it, so I just dubbed it the old rugged cross and went with it!

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1722389

auntginn Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 9:56pm
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Sorry to post so late... but I would have used a lite coating of spray on the pan. Then I wonder if you allowed it to chill long enough to harden. Just thinking out loud.

Joshua_Alan Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 9:58pm
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Probably should have tried the spray, but damnit if I'm not a hard head. I'm fairly certain I let it set long enough though.

DianeLM Posted 28 Jun 2010 , 11:11pm
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The cake and cross are beautiful. I've never tried non-stick spray, but it sounds like a good idea.

auntginn Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 12:55am
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Its what I do when I have large candy molds

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