Ann Reardon

How to fix a cake fail

Toppled cakes, broken cakes and even a crumbly mess can all be rescued with these three strategies. No one will ever know that there was a cake failure involved.

Follow the techniques in the video above to repair broken cakes. Prevention is better than cure, so here’s a few tips.


Allow yourself more time!

I feel like lack of time is the number one reason for cake failure. Bake the cake on day one and decorate on day two.

How to avoid icing dripping off your cake:

* If you are making ganache use 1 part cream to three parts chocolate (eg: 100g (3.53 ounces) cream to 300g (10.58 ounces) chocolate). If you’re in a hurry, place it in a ziplock bag flat in the freezer to cool fast.

* If you’re making buttercream do not add any liquid just use margarine/butter and icing sugar. See recipes here

yummy chocolate cake ann reardon

Prevent cakes toppling over

* Wait until the cakes are COMPLETELY cooled before icing.

* Do not stack more than two standard sized cakes without internal supports.

* If it is a hot day your frosting will melt, so keep the cake in the fridge or an esky with ice until the last possible moment.

motor bike cake ann reardon

Stop cakes crumbing

* The fresher the cake, the more it will crumble. So bake them the day before you need them.

* Handle the cakes as little as possible, support larger cakes with a flat baking tray when moving them around.

m&m cake easy ann reardon

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

4 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 4

    hi ann can you link me to the cake recipe that you use in this video. it honestly look amazing

  2. Rating: 5

    I will probably never use this video, but everything you do is AMAZING and so cool. Thanks for making these videos

    • Ann

      thanks Mybuddy19

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