Help! Icing Broke The Dam

Decorating By stephi17 Updated 19 Jun 2009 , 7:57pm by Carlymoon

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stephi17 Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 6:03pm
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Ok ... I'm doing a wedding cake for tomorrow. It's iced in buttercream. It's WASC with lemon curd filling. On the top tier, the icing completely broke the dam, and it's so wobbly, I can't crumb coat it! I just put it in the fridge to firm up a bit. So my question is, should I scrape off and start over? Just spread fresh icing after it's chilled? I don't want there to be a big bulge in the side of the cake. Please Please tell me your opinions.

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stephi17 Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 6:04pm
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alright, in my stress ... I'm realizing that it's the FILLING that broke the icing dam. Sorry if anyone was confused!!

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ziggytarheel Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 6:11pm
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I'm not a pro, so take what I say with a grain of salt...but your cake symptoms seem to point to way too much filling. If it broke the dam and it is wobbly and it is a wedding cake, I would not hesitate to take it a part, scrape some of that filling out add to your dam and re-crumb coat. Just firming it up in the fridge is not going to give you the stability you need for a cake like that.

Just a little filling. A very thin layer. You know?

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stephi17 Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 6:27pm
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thanks, that's what I was afraid of. Do you think my crumb coat icing could be too stiff? Would that be causing the "moving" problem? I still think I do have a little too much filling. At least it's not the base layers, only the 6in. top that's having the problem.

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tiggy2 Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 7:54pm
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I also think you have too much filling. The icing for your dam should be very thick and applied with just a coupler (no tip). I don't think your crumb coat would cause the moving. How thick is the filling layer?

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Carlymoon Posted 19 Jun 2009 , 7:57pm
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gosh I had this same problem last night. I took the layers apart, recreated the dam where it broke and it still slightly broke again but only in one spot that I was able to fix. I feel your pain. Someone suggested to me use a stiffer icing for the dam which I think would have helped. Maybe you could try that? Good luck, I know it's frusterating!

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