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post #1 of 25
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Greetings all,
last night I posted about how my daughter's cake is leaning. I did the suggestions and she still came down. icon_mad.gif I even put some plastic dowel rods in it. I stepped away from it for a few minutes b/c I was fighting with my Cricut Cake mini (It won't load) and I got up, looked at the cake and THIS is what I found:

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Lets just say, "The DEVIL IS A LIAR" I'm am too mad to do anything other than smile, go to the store for some cake mix and make her some cupcakes. I'll be damned if I'm going to bake her another cake when her party is today at 2pm.

BTW: My immediate response to this disaster was, "Anaya go get some forks" icon_wink.gif Hey, it's still edible. And it's sooooooooooooo good too.
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post #2 of 25
So sorry this happened. But love your attitude icon_smile.gif As far as the cake did you use whipped cream base filling? or buttercream?? Maybe it was too much filling between the layers?
post #3 of 25
i'm so sorry to hear that. I see a dowel you put in, did you put in a cake board also? How many dowels did you end up using?

just trying to help so hopefully a disaster like this can be avoided in the future.
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post #4 of 25
I'm so sorry that happened to you icon_cry.gif The cake looks delicious!
How many layers were there? I was taught to use a cake bd in between every 3 layers w/ a semi-thin filling in between. (with dowels) It adds support.
I hope your DD has a wonderful bday! You have handled this situation with a lot of grace icon_smile.gif

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post #5 of 25
i,m sorry this happened also. yes, put it on a plate and serve that also. it does look delicious. Cupcakes sound nice also.
post #6 of 25
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Hello everyone!

I'm sorry for the delayed response. I finally have a minute to myself. Well, we had a great time at the party. I had an HORRIBLE time with the cake up until 10 mins before the party. So, what I did was went to the store and bought some Duncan Hines cake mix so I could hurry up and make some cupcakes.

Well, needless to say the cupcakes were a big FAIL! They met the same fate as the cake did. I just know that I will never use Duncan Hines cake mix again. I did everything that I normally would and nothing came out right.

The cupcakes collapsed too. Yes! I usually use Pillsbury cake mix and I've never had this issue like this before. I always add instant pudding mix in the cake mixes for added moisture. But yesterday was just one of those days. I was so furious that I literally threw the cupcakes on the floor. To add insult to injury, I threw oranges too. Why? b/c they were the closest things to me to throw. My mother & her finance were just laughing at me as I threw my tantrum. Just thinking about these cakes makes me mad all over again.

So, what did the birthday girl eat? The 1st cake. I just cut the tail of it to neaten it a little bit and my friend cut everyone a slice of cake. I didn't get any. We ran out of it too. Everyone loved how it tasted. I was the only one unhappy with how it looked.

Let me backtrack. I threw the cupcakes on the floor b/c after they cooled off, I took my cake spatula to loosen them from the cupcake tray. As I was going around the edges, the top of the cupcakes lifted off. When I removed one of the cupcakes from the cupcake pan and tired to peel the liner off, the cupcake crumbled. So, I decided to put in back in the over for about 2 minutes. I thought that would help toughen them up. Well, after 2 mins, I started to smell burned food, so when I took them out the oven, I realized that the bottom was burned. So, that's why I threw them on the floor. I didn't have time to make her another batch. I was late to the skating rink.

Overall, we had a great time. But the cakes SUCKED! I'm a perfectionist, so you could just imagine what I was feeling.
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post #7 of 25
So so sorry! I am gearing up to enter the world of making our children's birthday cakes next month and it's my biggest fear that one day he's going to want something tricky and it fails.

BTW, I use Duncan Hines all the time with the WASC recipe and don't have a problem. BUT...any time I try to add pudding mix, it deflates in the center no matter what I do. Sometimes it's not too much and I'm able to level it off, but sometimes it's too much and I just throw the whole cake out. Needless to say, I'm prone to tantrums too when my caking goes bad.

Glad the first cake was still enjoyed!
post #8 of 25
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VABelle,
I would use the WASC recipe, but I have a child with severe life threatening tree nut & peanut allergies. So, I stay away from ALL nuts. If it has the word "nut" or part of the nut family, we stay away. So, the pudding mix was the problem with the Duncan Hines cakes? A lady at church some caramel coconut cake using Duncan Hines. It was really good, but very crumbly. I always, always, always add pudding mix to my cake mixes. Never, not once had this problem before.

Oh, well, better luck next time. Next time I'm going to stick with the tried and true AND make the cake/cupcakes a head of time. I just don't know how to wrap them well enough for them to freeze well. I have frozen butter cream & cakes before, but it left that freezer burn taste. Any suggestions? Oh, I'll attack some pics of my tantrum.
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post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by Angelfire3

VABelle,
I would use the WASC recipe, but I have a child with severe life threatening tree nut & peanut allergies. So, I stay away from ALL nuts. If it has the word "nut" or part of the nut family, we stay away.



Just a little clarification, it's called 'white almond sour cream' but it doesn't have to have almond in it, its more of a flavoring preferance. I've made it with vanilla as the only flavor before and its come out just as good =D
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post #10 of 25
hope your daughter didn't witness your temper tantrum! It's important to show children how to get thru bad times.
post #11 of 25
I feel your pain. I attempted to make a ghrahm cracker cake (Macsmom) this weekend - FAIL - 3 times (6 rounds). I about lost it when the last batch was torted and still not cooked through.

Sorry to hear about your cake and cupcakes, I'm glad you were able to salvage the first cake enough to serve.

Double wrap tightly in plastic to freeze. Usually bake on Sat, then thaw on Ths. so they are only frozen for a few days. I use a food saver for BC.
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post #12 of 25
I haven't frozen buttercream, I usually cover the bowl in saran wrap first and then a lid(if the bowl has one...foil if it doesn't) . For cakes, I just make sure to wrap them with lots of saran/plastic wrap
post #13 of 25
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Greetings All,
Thanks for replying. I'm sorry I didn't answer some of your questions. I'm going down the line to make sure I respond to everyone individually.

cakesnglass, I didn't use whipped buttercream. I made cookies-n-cream buttercream using high ratio shortening, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, cookies-n-cream instant pudding mix (don't knock the pudding mix until you try it. I use is all of the time).

leily, I used only 1 dowel and no cardboard. I stuck the dowel in after someone suggested that I do. I know to do so next time.

cake_architect, thanks! I didn't know I can substitute the Almond extract. I will be trying out that recipe in the future.

Herekittykitty & Cupcakesnbuttercream, thank you so much for your suggestions. I will do them in the future.

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hope your daughter didn't witness your temper tantrum! It's important to show children how to get thru bad times.



Yep, she sure did witness it. My mother did too. I don't feel bad about it either. I mean, there are worse things our kids witness us doing other than that. I had a bad day, and I showed it. I was PMSing, and I showed it. Considering how I always internalize my feelings, I deserve ONE day to express how I feel. And it wasn't 100% because of the cakes. So, yes, I showed my butt.
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post #14 of 25
Yep, she sure did witness it. My mother did too. I don't feel bad about it either. I mean, there are worse things our kids witness us doing other than that. I had a bad day, and I showed it. I was PMSing, and I showed it. Considering how I always internalize my feelings, I deserve ONE day to express how I feel. And it wasn't 100% because of the cakes. So, yes, I showed my butt.

I hope you have never cursed, argued, talked about people, picked your nose or used the bathroom without washing your hands, eating w/out saying your grace or saying/doing anything negative in front of YOUR kids. I mean, I wouldn't want them to pick up any of your bad habits, Right? People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. For every 1 finger you point at me, 3 are pointing back at you.[/QUOTE]Amen sister!! Kids need to know their parents aren't always perfect. (at least I think so)

Amen Sister!!!! thumbs_up.gif I believe kids should know that us parents have their bad too and that we aren't always perfect. I loved your reply there! thumbs_up.gif Also I feel your pain of everything that could go wrong did, the same thing happend to me when I made my bf's wedding cake. All I can say about it is UGH!!!!!!!
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post #15 of 25
First, I'm so sorry this happened. We've had bad cake days!! (Mine was when I dropped a hot red velvet cake ... any idea how long it takes to get the pink out of kitchen flooring? icon_lol.gif )

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Originally Posted by Angelfire3


I'm a perfectionist, so you could just imagine what I was feeling.


There's no such thing as a "perfectionist". Its an artificial standard that some people set for themselves that they can never achieve, thus setting themselves up for disappointment after disappointment.

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Considering how I always internalize my feelings, I deserve ONE day to express how I feel. And it wasn't 100% because of the cakes.


Internalizing emotions is not healthy. Its a "fake facade" of trying to look "perfect" to the outside world. It leads to an explosion of emotion rather than a healthy handling of and dealing with the issues the people face everyday.

Saying this with all kinds of love, caring and concern: Trying to achieve an impossible level of being "perfect", internalizing emotion, issues not "100% because of cake" ...... sounds like there are other issues that need resolved here.

Getting to the point where you are throwing things "b/c they were the closest things to me to throw" is a dangerous state to be in, especially if children are in the room (who can potentially become "the closest thing" to lash out at). NOT SAYING YOU HAVE DONE OR WOULD DO THIS!!!!! Just be aware of the potential danger when the efforts of trying to maintain the phony facade of being "perfect" gets to be too much to handle on "the ONE day" you need to express how you feel.

Its ok to express it every single day. Healthier for you .... better for everyone.

2ThreeKids is right .... kids need to know their parents aren't always perfect, but kids should never have to live in fear of the ONE day a parent might totally lose it.

LIttle fires are easier to put out than an inferno.

Again, all of this is said with love and concern, from someone who divorced a man with a severe violent temper, so I tend to see the flags faster and more clearly than most.
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