I am a new cake maker having trouble with cake tiers. I just made this three tiered cake. After I layed fondant on the bottom two tiers they looked great, but after I mounted the tiers the cakes looked like they were falling. I have attached the picture of the cake. I am especially baffled by the middle tier. The top tier was a disaster from the beginning![img][/img][img][/img]
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I don't see a picture?
I took a look at the photo in your gallery. Did you allow the cakes to settle after filling them and before covering them with fondant?
they sat in the fridge for a few hours. Should have I let them settle at room temperature?
Unless the cake has a filling that requires refrigeration, I never put cakes in the fridge because it may dry out the cake. However, regardless of whether or not the cake is in the fridge, there needs to be ample time for it to settle. Without having something on top of the cake weighing it down, I would let the cake settle overnight. Otherwise, if you're pressed for time you can place something on top of the cake (some people use a ceramic tile, heavy book, etc) and let it sit for 2-3 hours.
Cakes have to settle at room temp. And it's a ceramic tile, not a granite tile (Big difference in weight.)
It's possible the cake was supported correctly or that there was too much icing underneath and when it came to room temp, it softened and slid.
Oops, sorry about noting the wrong type of tile. I'll fix that now. Thanks for correcting me Leah_s!
I let my cakes settle overnight. The next day, after they have been torted and filled, I place a ceramic tile on top of the cake. That evening, I crumb coat and cover with fondant. This schedule has worked well for me.
I know it's not relevant to your question at all, but I just wanted to pop in and say that the roses on your cake look really pretty
the cake seems to be leaning to the front, are you sure your support system in the cake is absolutely level? ie dowls or whatever you used cut to the same lenght?
the dowls werent the same size, a little off. I tried leveling it off with buttercream. obviously whatever i did didnt work so well!
thanks all for the help. I will try it with my next cake!
I think uneven supports are at the root of your problem. Buttercream is not going to be any help make them level