Bulging & Unlevel Cake Tips

Decorating By KATHIESKREATIONS Updated 12 Oct 2010 , 1:58am by shannycakers

KATHIESKREATIONS Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 1:39am
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Hi! I baked a cake, torted it so I had three layers. Then I filled the cooled layers with Whipped Cream Buttercream icing. Since I didn't have a ceramic tile the size of my cake, I put parchment paper on the top of the cake, then I took the 14" cake pan I had baked the cake in & laid that on the parchment paper. I then proceeded to add water to the pan to give it weight. This cake sat for about 3 hours. PERFECTLY level & no bulging! Hope this helps someone else! icon_biggrin.gif

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leah_s Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 8:12pm
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Water + cake = too dangerous for me. A ceramic tile will cost less than $1.50

Donnawb Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 8:22pm
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After the cake has sat for hours with the tile on top (or whatever is used for weight), and the cake then bulges, do you scrape th sides, or add more frosting over the crumb coat? How do you smooth out the bulges?

mayo2222 Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 8:23pm
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I agree - a pan filled with water sitting on a cake is just a disaster waiting to happen.

Glad it worked for you though

what_a_cake Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 8:24pm
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thanks for sharing, very good tip... although filling with water is indeed a risk. If tile is not an option, maybe you want to try filling with dried beans, chickpeas, rice or even sugar.. as it's contained by the pan, you can recover all.

KATHIESKREATIONS Posted 11 Oct 2010 , 11:02pm
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Okay! Okay...maybe this was just a disaster in the making. icon_surprised.gif You all have me converted! thumbs_up.gif No more water filled pans on top of my cakes. thumbsdown.gif Maybe I really have been lucky, but I am NEVER going to chance it again! Thanks so much! icon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 12 Oct 2010 , 1:47am
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You can also set cans of veggies or soups in the cake pan to add weight. Or a couple of books.

shannycakers Posted 12 Oct 2010 , 1:58am
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yes, once it settles how do you fix the bulge? resmooth the icing?

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