nikascakes Posted 9 Jun 2013 , 8:45pm
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Help!!!

 

I am baking my sister's wedding cake. On taking the 12 inch fruit cake out of the tin it has broken in two. icon_sad.gif

 

I wanted to use this as the base of a stacked wedding cake.

 

I will be covering it in marzipan and rolled fondant and plan to stack with dowels and cake boards. Will the marzipan and fondant be enough to keep it together or do I need to re-bake?

 

Any guidance would be much appreciated!!!

 

Nika

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smittyditty Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 12:56am
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How many tiers is the cake going to be? How far are you traveling? Is it a solid crack minor crack?
 

smittyditty Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 1:01am
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I read again it broke in two. If it was a time restraint I'd ice the middle of the cake and stick them together.

If you have time I would do another cake.

If its more than one tier you can still do the above but I would only assemble it at location. It also matters where the crack is because if you stick a dowel too close to the crack it won't be supported and could fall. So you will need to space dowels as far out from the crack as possible say an inch and a half or more.

If you are using plates with locking dowels it won't matter just don't assemble the tiers till at location.

Spireite Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 7:10am
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Hi Nika, welcome.  YOu don't mention the date of the wedding.  A rich fruit cake needs at least 3 weeks to mature and have time to 'lace' with alcohol (or boiled orange juice).  I personally like at least a month. icon_cool.gif

IF you need to rebake, and don't have this time (remember a fruit cake will take 2-3 days to ice, as the marzipan needs a night to 'set', then the next day the icing (sugarpaste), and the next day the fine detail decorations....I think Royal Icing takes even longer as it will need  2 -3 coats and each needs a few hours to set.)  If you need to bake with a shorter timescale pre soak the fruit (in alcohol, +/- sugar) for 2-3 days THEN bake, and you could be ready to ice within the week, so you could get a cake 10-14 days later. 

I really don't know about sealing the crack with icing, as I've never done this,  but it sounds totally doable.  I'm sure the other posters will be more helpful there.  Good luck.icon_biggrin.gif

Relznik Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 8:01am
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Originally Posted by Spireite 

Hi Nika, welcome.  YOu don't mention the date of the wedding.  A rich fruit cake needs at least 3 weeks to mature and have time to 'lace' with alcohol (or boiled orange juice).  I personally like at least a month. icon_cool.gif

IF you need to rebake, and don't have this time (remember a fruit cake will take 2-3 days to ice, as the marzipan needs a night to 'set', then the next day the icing (sugarpaste), and the next day the fine detail decorations....I think Royal Icing takes even longer as it will need  2 -3 coats and each needs a few hours to set.)  If you need to bake with a shorter timescale pre soak the fruit (in alcohol, +/- sugar) for 2-3 days THEN bake, and you could be ready to ice within the week, so you could get a cake 10-14 days later. 

I really don't know about sealing the crack with icing, as I've never done this,  but it sounds totally doable.  I'm sure the other posters will be more helpful there.  Good luck.icon_biggrin.gif


*Ideally* a rich fruit cake should have time to mature, but there have been many times I've used a very fresh fruit cake and it's been fine.  Perhaps slightly more crumbly than a more mature one.  But if needs must, it would be fine.

 

 

Also, as you're covering with sugarpaste, there's no need to leave the marzipan to set.  I never, ever do that.

 

I think that if you can, it would be preferable to re-bake, as it's the base for all the other tiers of the cake....  without solid foundations, the rest of the cake might not be so stable.

 

 

If you really don't want to re-bake, could you use that as a cutting cake and use a dummy for the bottom tier?  Just make sure your sister cuts the next tier up! LOL!!!!!

nikascakes Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 2:55pm
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AThanks. Well the wedding is on the 13th July. I want to avoid a re-bake mainly for cost reasons. I realise now that the cake was too warm but i kinda smushed it together and in cooling seems to be sticking together a bit.

We take another look and decide. Either i'll use it of my work mates will get fat!!!!

Nika

Relznik Posted 10 Jun 2013 , 2:58pm
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For future ref, I always leave fruit cakes in the tin until they're completely cold.  This can take a long time, but as you've found out, they're fragile when warm.
 

nannycook Posted 11 Jun 2013 , 9:38pm
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ANikascakes, i have exactaly the same problem as you, my 12 inch cake broke also, my wedding is for next sat 22nd, i'm goona marizpan this weekend, i too will hope its gonna be ok.

cakeylady58 Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 8:23am
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AI would stick fruit cake back together with boiled apricot jam then carry on as usual but mark on the board where the break was so that you can stay well clear of that area when inserting your dowels. There is no need to dry out marzipanned cake before covering with sugar paste only necessary if covering with royal icing. Good luck!

nikascakes Posted 12 Jun 2013 , 5:27pm

Thank you all for replying. I think I will stick it together and hope for the best.

 

:)

nannycook Posted 13 Jun 2013 , 7:16pm

ANikascake, i just marzipaned my 12inch fruitcake, smeared it with sieved apricot jam and covered it it seems fine, cant wait now to get it all done, however this time next week i'm sure i wont be this calm, ha ha.

nikascakes Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 3:41pm

AIt all worked out. The cake went down a treat :)

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smittyditty Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 7:34pm

beautiful and congratulations on the success!

nikascakes Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 7:38pm

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Original message sent by smittyditty

beautiful and congratulations on the success!

Thank you :)

mcaulir Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 8:47pm

Lovely job!

CakeGeekUk Posted 31 Aug 2013 , 10:24pm

Well done, Nika! Love the circle of roses as well!

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