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post #1 of 179
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I've been doing this for several weeks, and it's working well, so I'm ready to share. It's my way to get rid of the dreaded bulge.

In culinary school we were taught to place a cardboard on top of the cake and push down hard - right to the point BEFORE the cake breaks. It takes a bit of experience. LOL. Then remove the cardboard of course.

This works better.

Put the cake on a board. Fill. Wrap in plastic wrap. Then put a ceramic tile on top. Wait 2 or 3 hours. The ceramic tile should be about the size of the cake. We have ceramic tile in our house, so there were leftover tiles that are now my cake "tools."

I used to fill wrap, put a paperback book on top and wait overnight. This works better.
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post #2 of 179
Great tip..I'll have to remember that!!

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post #3 of 179
Cool I'll be trying this, I still use the cake circle smoosh method LOL
post #4 of 179
Thanks for sharing Leah!!! I'll have to try it this weekend too. icon_biggrin.gif
post #5 of 179
Thanks for sharing this, leahs. I've been using someone's method (I'm thinking Sharon Z) of making a really thick buttercream for my dam and I've had a horrible time with bulging. Two wedding cakes in a month (I usually do one every two years or so) and they both ended up with a huge bulge. I wouldn't even take a picture of the last one and I filled & crumbcoated the night before. No bulge when I got through with the cake, but there was definitely one by the time I got to the wedding.

I'll definitely try the ceramic tile trick. I'd be scared to try the cake circle smoosh method. If this doesn't work, I'll just go back to my normal buttercream dam. Bulging wasn't a problem before I tried to do it the "right" way. icon_sad.gif
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post #6 of 179
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Oh I use a stiff buttercream dam also if there's filling involved.
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post #7 of 179
I have done this as well. also putting a cake board on top of cake and flip it over so the cakes own weight pushes down on the top of it, then let it sit for several hours and flip it back over and smooth any bulges. Sounds weird but works for me
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post #8 of 179
So, the ceramic tile works because it's a large, even weight spead over the whole cake? Do you mean a 12x12" floor tile? (I only have 6x6" wall tiles, and can't imagine that having much impact!!)

Thanks for the tip!
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post #9 of 179
Great tip!

If you don't have tiles, check with your local Home Depot or other hardware store that stocks tiles. They'll have some tiles that they sell individually and they're VERY inexpensive.
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post #10 of 179
Oh - so glad I took a break before starting to trim, level & torte the wedding I am working on today!!! I too had 'bulging' troubles with my wedding cake last weekend -- I put the thick dam around the layers and filled with fruit filling - and the filling didn't leak - but it sure bulged. So my questions is - how do you make a dam when the filling if fruit and it does make a thick layer - (not as tall as the dam) - I know this was my issue - but I didn't know how to resolve it?

But I will be trying your tile method today -- of to work so that I can have them all finished by the time I have to take a 2 - 3 hour break this afternoon for an appointment!! won't this be perfect timing if I can get in gear!!LOL!!

thanks again leahs -- oh - and talk to you tonight on the FNCC!!

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post #11 of 179
Hmmm, I wonder if this would work on the 'bulge' cause by eating the cake! I will have to try that tonight. I can hear my husband now, " um honey, why are you sleeping with a ceramic tile on your stomach?" rofl !!!!!!!

Anyway, thanks leahs for the great tip, just wish I had a tile around the house to use now.
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post #12 of 179
suzycakes, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with the bulge issues -- on my cakes! icon_smile.gif I used fruit filling and my dam was higher than the filling ... might this have been my problem? I really thought that having it sit overnight before I iced the cake would have taken care of any bulge problem, but that definitely didn't happen.

I was supposed to do another wedding cake for the same family in July - haven't heard another word so my bulge might have convinced them to look elsewhere. Since I don't charge and weddings are terribly stressful for me, that is not necessarily a bad thing. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 179
I do the same thing and have been very pleased with the results. I don't even bother with a thick dam because after all that squishing, nothing is going to come out!

I always push down on each layer, torted or not, with a board. I don't have tiles. I just pile nesting cake pans on top of each cake while it rests. icon_smile.gif
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post #15 of 179
Thanks for sharing! I wil definitely try this out! The old owners of our house left us tons of tiles in our basement- all different sizes, so at least I will have a use for them now
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