Hi there. I seem to have a problem keeping my ball/sphere shaped cakes from sinking into one another. Â Am I missing something here? Â If I tort and fill a Wilton Ball Pan cake (large size), my top part of the ball seems to sink into the bottom part of the ball. Â Does this mean that my cake, itself, is too heavy for this kind of shape? Â I tend to use a WASC cake recipes. Â Should I be baking a different type of cake? Â Also, I do cover all of my cakes in fondant, if that matters. Â I just find that my cake starts sinking even before I put the fondant on. Â If I put a board in between each half of of the ball, then I'm not sure where the filling goes....Overall, I guess this is just a big mess for me. Â Anyone have any good suggestions or tricks that they use? Â Thanks so much! Â :-)
You bake the cake in two parts. Slice off humps.
Bottom part gets put down onto a plate.Â Sliced? Filled?Â then you add dowels,Â then a board at the equator where the twoÂ baked partsÂ had top crusts.Â Top will not crush down on the bottom.
I, too, had a rough time with the ball pan my first time. I had heardÂ a box cake mix with pudding added would be firm enough to hold up, but it wasÂ a disaster!Â On my second attempt,Â I used an actual scratchÂ pound cake out of a cake decorating book, which was supposed to be ideal for 3-D cakes. When I used that recipe, it held up much better. So, maybe try a scratch pound cake specifically for decorating.Â You might cut off a little on the bottom so it sits level. I found that to help it stand straighter.Â
Â Also, if you freeze the cake and then let it thaw slightly, you can still tort the cake into either 3 or 4 layers. You can put the filling in between each. I filled with chocolate ganache and iced in chocolate buttercream.Â I think I used a cake board in the middle and insertedÂ several wooden dowels. The fondant was put on while the cake was still slightly frozen. It held up really well.
Maybe I am misinterpreting your problem, but maybe something I said will help! Don't give up! The results are worth the trouble!!
Thanks guys.Â I did a 'Where's Wally" cake for my daughter and as the day progressed Australia started to merge with Antarctica and so on.Â I thought that maybe the Wally was too heavy for the cake.Â I would never have thought of putting the second half of the cake on another board.Â Now I might be game to try using the tin again.