I am aware of the TILE method. Once cake is filled some folks place a floor tile on top of the cake and let sit overnight. Can you please share any other methods of allowing your cakes to settle before icing? When my cakes are filled I place in food safe bag and place same size cake pan on top of the cake. I then fill the pan with water to the top for added weight.
Why am I asking?? I "think" I might be applying to much weight. When I went to go remove the cake pan and unwrap my cake, it was lopsided?!?! WTH? One side actually slopped down. I use a thick BC icing dam. I add a lot of PS to make it thick. Then fill. This has happened to a couple of my cakes. Sometimes part of the cake layer, NOT THE FILLING, will bulge out. I would have to trim the bulge off.
I let my cakes settle with the cake pan for about 12-18 hours. Do you think this is to much weight? To much time?
Please help! I had to build the cake up with icing to make it even. God, I hope the icing will support itself????
Freaking out!!!! =)
When filling my cakes, I first pipe a stiff dam and use a cake board to compress the dam slightly and check for level. (Sprinkle the board with a bit of powdered sugar or corn starch to keep it from sticking and pulling up the dam.) Once filled, I put the cake in a large, foodsafe plastic bag, remove as much of the air as possible and let it sit for a few hours or overnight. Every now and again the cake bulges a bit, but I just slice off anything I think might show through the icing. Most times, though, I can just ice it and go.
The cake I have iced now, rested with the cake pan for about 23 hours. I cannot remember how long I let the cake rest when I use to do it with no weight. I don't think it was 23 hours though. Less than...
I hope that when I get home at 2:00 today, that my icing has help up just fine. I iced it last night about 8:00pm. This morning about 6:00 am it looked fine....I am thinking that the weight from all the water in the cake pan was just to much?....
Thanks for your input....
If interested I posted my cake in Life Celebrations. Titled "Pink and Green Birthday Cake..."
Good point, when I went to take it off the water was visibly not level. It was higher on one side then the other. I have a cake next week that I am NOT going to use a weight. Maybe just a empty cake pan with no weight in it.
Thanks again folks!!!
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