AI made a monkey smash cake last week using the 3D bigger size Wilton stand up bear pan. About an hour before my client was due to pick it up, the head had fallen off! I was absolutely devastated. I used the WASC recipe and added a package of Jello pudding to it as well to firm up the batter, and i used the heating core too. Has anyone else had this problem, or does anyone know how to correct this problem?
AThat is terrible. Did you have a dowel in the centre of it? Maybe it: just needed some support, do you have a picture?
AI don't have a picture- it was when I went to take the picture that I discovered he had been be- headed! Lol. I didn't think I would need a dowel in it, given it was just one cake, I did notice it sort of leaning, but I just figured that was how it was supposed to be! Perhaps a dowel is needed though to support the head. Thank you!
Two things. You used the central core, but did you fill the inside of the core with batter then remove it from the core and put it into the baked bear cake for stability? If not, then the inside of the cake was hollow. Secondly I think putting the jello in the batter tends to make the cake a lot more moist which would lead to a collapse. Oh and thirdly, making sure the bear not only has a cake core but is cold before you start icing it so that the weight of the icing won't push down on the bear. Did you start to ice his head first. Maybe starting at the base first next time. So sorry this happened to you. I've made this several time without a center support. Never lost a head :-)
AYes, I did fill the core with batter, then put the core in the cake so it wasn't hollow. I let the cake cool completely, then froze it, then let it thaw completely before decorating. Maybe I will try not adding the pudding for next time. Thanks!