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Sometimes the iceing doesn't fall far from the cake.

My wife made us a 2 layer white coconut cake yesterday. It was made basically from scratch with the help of Betty Crocker. LOL.

The cake mix from the box was easy to make but making the icing from a mix using a special type of meringue powder, purchased from W a l m a r t in the birthday party section of the store.

She spread the thick icing over the cake before it was completely cooled down and as a result, and after it sat on the table under a glass cake dome on a glass pedestal, the cake started to fall apart like there was some kind of earthquake in the middle of it and some of the icing managed to just fall off at the sides.

Anyway, that was expected. We had a piece last night of the coconut cake. It was just fine.

She removed the lid on that cake to let it get some air. Apparently the moist air, under the dome, caused the icing to melt off. This has happened more than once. One time we had this happen with a butter creme icing on a 2 layer cake. I guess I need to let the cake cool off a bit more next time and maybe refrigerate the cake over night to keep the icing firm and it not fall from the cake.

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MegL wrote on April 3, 2018, 3:15 AM

I have never heard of that before, nor cake quakes either! I made millionaire's shortbread one time, which is biscuit base, covered with a toffee made from condensed milk boiled in the tin and then covered with chocolate. I didn't boil the tin long enough, so the toffee didn't get thick enough. It was ok while the biscuits were still in the baking tin and I added the chocolate on top, which hardened correctly. I cut the biscuits and arranged them on a plate for my guests, only to see the chocolate and toffee slowly slide off the biscuits onto the plate. none of the guests ate them because they were too messy. The kids had no such problem! no waste!

lookatdesktop wrote on April 3, 2018, 10:25 AM

I like eating a slice of cake right out of the oven but have to wait until my wife ices it. So, even then I often grab a slice even before a meal and sometimes go for a second slice. I think they cool off the cakes that are ordered at a bakery and ice them within so many hours of pick up time so then the cake will set and warm up to room temperature and the icing lasts longer on the cake that way. Cooling the cake in the fridge and taking it out and putting on the icing the next day will work wonders and not be so likely to fall off. But who has that kind of patience? When I smell cake I can't wait.

MegL wrote on April 3, 2018, 12:53 PM

Yes, much the best, straight from the oven!

VinceSummers wrote on April 3, 2018, 4:19 PM

Not particularly a cake fan. What I do recall very well was when Mom cooked fresh doughnuts, rolling the warm, cooked doughnut in cinnamon-sugar mix. Oh boy, do I remember that.

VinceSummers wrote on April 4, 2018, 9:56 AM

Re-thinking this piece, you certainly chose a clever title, Anthony. There is one tiny detail to it: there is no "e" in icing.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 4, 2018, 12:23 PM

There could be, at least, when I misspell it. LOL. I have a bad habit of putting the "e" in icing. It is a habit I can't seem to break.

VinceSummers wrote on April 4, 2018, 1:32 PM

I'm only too familiar with habits. I won't go into specifics, because I wouldn't want you to think I run people down, but some make the same errors repeatedly. Um. I see you've said you do. Sorry...