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Decorating By mkolmar Updated 23 Feb 2009 , 3:08am by mkolmar

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mkolmar Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 9:21pm
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I made my brothers b-day cake. The GP pieces took me 3 hours to do by hand. My 6 inch BC cake was a little cracked looking but I thought hey, it's getting covered anyway with my GP pieces.
The 8 inch square was pretty good. I finally got corners that looked kind of crisp, not perfect, but crisp for me.
I went to stack and oops...the 6 inch pretty much killed the 8 inch. It's 100% my fault. I forgot to cover the stupid circle in wrap so it wouldn't absorb moisture. My SPS system isn't in yet so I used wooden dowels.
The force from the center wooden dowel buckled the moisture ridden cake circle. The bottom tier ripped almost in 4. The 6 inch pretty much started to fall through the 8 inch. I've never had this happen, but once I pulled the top cake off I noticed that I forgot to cover the cake circle and that's when I about lost it. There was no saving this cake. I remembered about the new cake disaster picture forum after I chucked the cake in the trash.
Good news is my DH said to buy any items I need to keep this from happening again.
I have a cake for 75 to do this next week and now I'm totally 2nd guessing myself.

OH, and my brothers b-day cake is now coming from the grocery store since I don't have time to bake and ice another one. kicked in the ribs My mom said she picked up a plain one with a red-white and blue border that was done crappy, said my 5 year old could do better. (that was like a kick to the ribs) At least I'll be able to use my GP pieces though.

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panchanewjersey Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 9:32pm
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I would have been erked and said told myself over and over the same things you are. I feel your pain. Better luck on next cake.

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gerripje Posted 22 Feb 2009 , 10:03pm
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That's too bad, but I really think that some days, no matter what, there is some cosmic force working against a nice cake. I still get really confused as to what the best way is to stack cakes. Cake circles, foamcore, covered, not covered.........There was another thread on that I should read. Some days, I can make the most beautiful perfect cake in the world and others, I should hand the spatula to my 8 year old cause she will do a better job than me!! Sorry about that, but the thought was there to make your brother a nice cake!

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pastryjen Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 12:09am
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I am so sorry this happened to you! I guess it's nice to know your family appreciates and understands your talent!

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-K8memphis Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 12:23am
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Originally Posted by mkolmar

...Good news is my DH said to buy any items I need to keep this from happening again.
I have a cake for 75 to do this next week and now I'm totally 2nd guessing myself.

... At least I'll be able to use my GP pieces though.

Always a silver lining--and you got two of 'em. Sorry that happened.

Back in the good old days nobody covered their cakeboards--I tend to avoid/forget that step but I double and triple up on them too. Or use foamboard.

I think an airbrush and agbay and 5-10 pounds of several different colors of fondant and some new flower cutters and veiners and a few cookie cutters and a new set of cake pans and some cool texture rolling pins--you can't have too many of those would help you to keep this from happening again. icon_biggrin.gif

Well really you got three silver linings--you got the time out on a family cake instead of the cake for 75.

But work on that magic list of stuff that will 'help you' avoid this next time. icon_biggrin.gifthumbs_up.gif

Let's see a few cookbooks wouldn't hurt...ahh, need any Nick Lodge tapes or something???

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Deb_ Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 12:38am
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If you hear someone sneaking around in your kitchen tonight after you go to bed it's just me coming to eat that cake in your trash icon_razz.gificon_biggrin.gif

Sorry this happened after all your hard work.

I don't know where you buy your cakeboards but I stopped buying the Wilton ones for this same reason. Since I've been buying professional boards from a local baker's wholesaler, I haven't had any issues with them absorbing moisture or grease from the icing.

Have fun shopping for all those "necessities" thumbs_up.gif

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sweettreats36 Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 12:43am
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I am soo sorry. I have had many cakes like this and in the end it's all on me for rushing or poor planning. But then there are times where it's just meant to be. I hope ur next cake turns out better thumbs_up.gif

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mkolmar Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 3:08am
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Thanks everyone. You know how to boost a girls spirits back up!

I'm glad it happened to this cake and not my 40th anniversary cake for this coming up weekend. Family from all over is coming for their surprise party and I would freak if it would happen then.
DH said to buy more SPS and whatever else I need....so I ordered a bucket of fondant from Albert Uster icon_lol.gif I didn't think about an agbay, but maybe next time my DH ticks me off really bad (just kidding).

dkelley--you don't have to eat trash cake, I'll make you a fresh one.

Everything I touched today has turned out bad. I made a red velvet cake and it came out just a touch dry. I must not have measured right. Oh well, cake balls it is.

The grocery store cake did not go over well. Very little was eaten. I'm not use to that. Cake doesn't usually stick around long.
They liked the decorations I put on top though.
My brother told me thanks anyway for trying. He hates grocery store cakes, but he was really nice about it.

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