Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:31pm
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Oh I'm so helping someone can help me. I have made the attached cake and it's sinking. I used a heave chocoalte cake recipe and 9 dowel rods in a 6 inch square cake. I am deperate for suggestions on how to fix this cake.

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cowie Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:40pm
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There is no picture attached.

What did you use as a filling?

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:41pm
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Just buttercream.

cowie Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:44pm
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Can you figure out how to attach the pic?

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:49pm
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I did attach it. Darn. Let me try again.
LL

cowie Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 4:54pm
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Wow, that is a neat cake.
I think this is above my help.. icon_sad.gif
Do you have cake boards between the layers of cake? Maybe half way up? The only other thing I could think is perhaps some of your dowels might have slipped? What kind of dowels did you use? Thin wooden ones?

doramoreno62 Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:02pm
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I don't know if you did this or not, but I would put cake boards and dowels to seperate every 2 layers. It would not sink after that. i do this for all my very tall cakes.

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:07pm
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I did not do that. I ran dowels in from top to bottom. I too the front off the cake and I think it was just the fondant sinking, not the cake itself. I hate to have to remove the whole top of the cake to remove the dowels out. I'll have to remake the whole cake. Ugh.

kkitchen Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:22pm
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No need to remake it! Freeze it, take it apart - Carefully, and re-stack. Do not insert dowels in previous dowel holes. HTH

doramoreno62 Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:29pm

Dang I'm sorry you have to do that. This is how I would assemble: Bottom layer, filling, top layer, 4 dowels, foil covered cake board (so it won't absorb any moisture and get soggy), another layer, filling, layer. 4 dowels, foil covered cake board and so on up to the height you want. Then hammer a very sharp pointed dowel down the center thru all cake layers and boards till you get to the bottom. This will prevent the cake from shifting or sliding. Then decorate as needed. I hope I've helped and good luck!

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:35pm

I can't freeze it. It's too tall for my freezer icon_sad.gif I really think it was just the fondant sinking on one side. I put some 6 inch square boards under the cake so that the fondant wasn't touching the board. It seems to be better. I tried to remove the top of the cake with a hot spatula and it was going to destroy the cake. So I put it back together hoping this fix lasts. I never eve thought about putting cake boards in the center before. I'm going to leave it for an hours or so and if it doesn't seem to fix the issue maybe I'll turn the cake over and remove the dowels from the bottom.

UGH!!!!!

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:39pm

Here is why I think it's just the fondant. The cake itself is prettty straight with the front off. What do you think?
LL

Lizmybit Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:51pm

OK that made it worse. I just don't know what to do. I can't take it apart and I can't start over.

doramoreno62 Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 5:51pm

Although it looks straight, once the fondant is back on ,the weight of it may be dragging the cake down.
I would disassemble and reassemble with the boards in between the layers. freezing it was a great idea. Can you carefully disassemble some of it so it could fit in your freezer? Or lay it sideways maybe?

CWR41 Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 6:10pm

Cakes settle.

You need a support system for every 4" of cake height.

KoryAK Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 6:13pm

Your cake is settling extra because without internal support (JUST dowels does nothing for gravity) and now the fondant piece is too large. To save this cake, you have to disassemble, reassemble with a board in the middle as the pps have described, and redo it. Sucks, but that's the truth.

cowie Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 6:21pm

icon_sad.gif As much as it will be a lot of work for you to do, I think it will be a lot less work in the long run if you can save the cake part and some of the fondant work. if you leave it it might all fall over and then you will be starting all over again. Good luck!

Apti Posted 26 Apr 2012 , 6:49pm
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Originally Posted by KoryAK

Your cake is settling extra because without internal support (JUST dowels does nothing for gravity) and now the fondant piece is too large. To save this cake, you have to disassemble, reassemble with a board in the middle as the pps have described, and redo it. Sucks, but that's the truth.




Ditto.

Here's an excellent video about cake construction:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdzLN5hjulo

For tall cakes like your phone box, you must have a cardboard for every 4" of height. You can carve the cardboard to the same size as the cake as you are stacking. When you cut the cake, you simple cut from the top down until you reach your top-most cardboard. Cut and serve the slices. Remove the cardboard. Continue on down to the bottom.

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