Chocolate Mud Cake. Completely Destroyed.

Decorating By baking-mama Updated 12 Apr 2013 , 12:59pm by FrecklesCakes

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baking-mama Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 11:21am
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AI have just got up to check on my cake, and it has spilled everywhere. The top is crunchy and cracked. It isn't jiggly but doesn't seem cooked.

Wedding is Saturday. I really don't have the ingredients/time to bake another cake!! Grrrrr.

I have used this recipe before, but not in this pan. Sigh. I might just sit here and cry.

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810whitechoc Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 1:25pm
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I can't do anything to help you other than to send you some good vibes and hope you work this out.  Do you have another recipe that you know will work? I know there will be an answer to why this happened but you are cutting it fine to ganache and fondant a cake for Saturday without test baking recipes as well. Will keep my fingers crossed for you.


Have you checked all the obvious things like that your ingredients are all fresh and not past their use by, and that you weighed and measured everything out correctly.  It just seems odd  that a recipe that you have made before would react so badly just be changing the tin.

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remnant3333 Posted 11 Apr 2013 , 3:04pm
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I am so sorry that you are having issues with your cake. What size of pan did you use? What temperature did you cook on and for how long? I am sure others will ask also about what recipe you used.  I only have experience with the Hershey's perfectly chocolate cake recipe and it comes out perfectly every time. I have baked it in a round cake pan and also a 9 x 13 pan before with no problems. I am hoping someone here who is more experienced will be able to tell you what is going on. I also never fill the cake pan but about 1/2 to a little less than 2/3 full.


I will be praying for you. I know you have got to be at your wits end by now and pretty frustrated. I have been there before. I do not sell cakes but remember one time when I had to re-bake my cake. I just had to stay up a lot later at night to get it done. Hang in there!!!  I am sure others here will be able to help you!!!  You will get through this!!! Good luck!!! My thoughts are with you!!!

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baking-mama Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 3:53am
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This is the recipe I used. I baked another cake the exact same this morning, only half filled the pan, and it sunk in the middle. I did it both times in a heart shaped pan, about 3-4cm deep I think. So close to giving up. :(

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baking-mama Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 3:55am
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ASo my second cake has cooled, May be salvageable. It'll just be a thin layer once I level it.

Oh well.

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baking-mama Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 9:53am
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AUpdate, I baked another simple chocolate cake. And I'm icing it now. The ganache icing smoothing out too well.. I've done a crumb coat, and its in the fridge, hopefully I can fix it with a final frost.

Trying not to throw the cake out the window right now.

I need a beer!

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810whitechoc Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 12:22pm
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Hope you have had your beer and relaxed a littleicon_biggrin.gif, the recipe you used was the Planet Cake Mud, there a various threads on forums about this recipe and the general opinion about why the crust is forming and the cake sinking is that it is not beaten enough.  The crust is caused by the sugar not being mixed in and beaten thoroughly.  This info comes from ApplegumPam a legendary caker here, she knows what she is talking about.

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FrecklesCakes Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 12:59pm
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oh I'm so sorry Baking_mama! I'm so glad you were able to use it though and hopefully relaxing a little more now.


810whitchoc is right about ApplegumPam :) and she also was kind enough to share a wonderful recipe of her mudcake if you ever need another to use. Mudcakes do sometimes or always for some recipes form that crunchy top but I cut it off or have heard some people brush it with hot water straight out of the oven and others cover with foil for the first 3/4 of baking.


good luck with the rest of the cake and hope the stressful part is over!

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