Ann Reardon

3 Ways to Rescue a Cake Fail

Making a cake for a special occasion is such a lovely gesture. If the cake fails you may be able to laugh it off and just enjoy the taste, despite the looks. But what if you really wanted it to look good? Here are three ideas on how to rescue a cake fail.


Cake Rescue 1 Bunch of Flowers Cake

You will need:
600g (21.16 ounces) compound white chocolate (you can use real chocolate containing coca butter if you temper it)
non-stick baking paper
a few squares of milk chocolate to colour it
a bunch of flowers
a board or a tray to put the cake on.
If needed one batch of buttercream – this depends on how much frosting the original cake fail had, there was plenty on the one in the video.

Cake Rescue 2 The Ice-cream Cake

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You will need: 2 flat cakes, or one cake cut into two layers.
4L (1.06 gallons) of ice-cream
cookies or chocolate bars (optional)
A tallish round container, or you could use any shape container if you cut the cake to fit.

Cake Rescue 3 Chocolate Mousse Cake

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For the mousse you will need:
6 sheets of gelatine
Water to soak the gelatine
375mL (12.68 fluid ounces) or 1 1/2 cups milk
625g (22.05 ounces) chocolate (I used half milk and half dark chocolate), broken into pieces
845g (29.81 ounces) or 3 1/2 cups cream, whipped (I used what I scraped off the cake)

Put the sheets of gelatine in a bowl of water to soak and set aside.

Place the milk in the microwave on high until it just starts bubbling (watch it doesn’t boil over)

Pour the milk over the chocolate, leave for a couple of minutes then stir well together until it is smooth. Pour about a cup of this mixture into a smaller bowl and add the squeezed out gelatine sheets. Place this smaller bowl int he microwave for 30 seconds, stir and check the gelatine is dissolved. Add it back into the larger bowl and once mixed let it cool to room temperature.

Fold in the whipped cream and assemble the cake as shown in the video.

yummy chocolate covered cake recipe

For more ideas check out my previous cake rescue video.

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15 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Can you use these cake rescues to make a good looking cake that was not first a cake fail like for a perfect cake

  2. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne
    My name is Melody I am 12 and I am watching one of your chocolate truffle videos as I write this .
    I really enjoy your videos
    I love cooking and baking and won a prize for a chocolate cake I made once
    What age did you start cooking?
    Thank you

  3. Rating: 4

    I love your cake rescure videos, I’d love to see you do a video about improvising things for baking. You know, creating interesting cake decorations or variations using the scraps people may have at the back of the fridge or cupboard, such as bags of potato chips or leftover biscuits or making buttercream from the wrong type of sugar because that’s all you had in. I’m often watching your channel for inspirations but often find myself missing a lot of the ingredients and having to improvise, I’d love to see your ideas in a similar situation. Keep up the great work, all the best to you and your family

  4. Rating: 5

    wow i love your channel my dads birthday is tomorrow and i wanna know hot to make a cake thx

  5. Rating: 5

    Hey, Mrs. Reardon! I really love your channel. I was wondering if you use a round cake turntable, and if so, what your recommendations are for one.

  6. Rating: 4

    My cake fail os impossible to eat. Every time I bake a cake by myself, it fails to cook properly. The edge is always burnt and the middle is raw. It doesn’t matter if the cake is from a box or scratch recipe. I have tried changing the pans (circles, squares, jelly roll, hearts, Bundy, etc), as well as using both electric and gas ovens.

    Can you help me?

    • This sounds as if your oven is too hot. Mine gets hotter than the one I had before, so I had this problem. You should always test the cake before taking it out by sticking something in the middle and see if it comes out clean. You can put tinfoil over the cake if i starts getting to dark. Reduce the temperature a bit and let it bake longer.
      Good luck

    • Hi Courtney, Burnt not he edge and gooey in the middle sounds like the oven is way too hot. You can get and oven thermometer to check your oven temperature. If the oven gauge is faulty it may just be a css of turning it down.
      Also double check if the recipe / your oven is in centigrade or fahrenheit. I know some people who have set their oven to 355F but their oven was in C so should only have been at 180C.

  7. Rating: 3.5

    Was a good guide, but the third trick didn’t work out for me.

  8. Rating: 5

    Hey Ann this was one of the cakes you fixed in the other video hope you like it. I topped it with Lindt chocolate instead of fresh fruit.
    Ps. 14 and love your channel

  9. Rating: 5

    I love the quality of your content Mrs Reardon

  10. Rating: 5

    Thanks for sharing

  11. Rating: 5

    These are absolute genius!! I especially love the idea of using chocolate to make the wrapping on the bouquet cake… it’s a really cool method that could be used to make some really cool cakes!
    Well done Ann you’ve done it again ?

    • Thanks Eva, I’m glad you liked it

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