Holiday Baking Disaster Recovery: What Happens When a Cake Flops?

by in Holidays, How-to, December 20th, 2012

Holiday Bake Disaster RecoveryBy Ron Ben-Israel

I once made a few cakes for dessert — some coffee cakes. The recipe that I tried was not accurate; it said butter the pan, but should have said butter then flour the pan. Half the cake came out and half of it didn’t, and it had a big crack on the side.

So if a cake flops, what can you do to save it? If the cake is supposed to be frosted, then don’t worry about it. Just cover it with frosting. It will still be delicious. If it’s like a coffee cake, which doesn’t get frosted, preslice and serve it plated with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream and berries.

Always remember this rule of thumb: If the cake’s not gorgeous enough to be presented whole, just plate it. Be flexible enough to change the end result and don’t get stressed out. There’s no reason to tell your guests! This is what I do for a living and it even happens to me at home. Professionally, it’s different, of course — I’d have to make the cake again.

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Comments (3)

  1. mykidsmom71 says:

    Flops are kinda fun… sometimes. :) I had a huge cake flop for my hubby's birthday once. I made a chocolate cake and it fell apart. (I can't remember how it happened.) I was stuck at home with a colicky baby and didn't have time to make a new one. So I gently blended chocolate pudding with the cake in an oblong dish and refrigerated. I called hubby and had him bring whipping cream home. I spread the whip cream on top of my mistake and decorated the top. It was a good save. He didn't get a birthday cake, but it wasn't an utter disaster. :)

  2. Ellaschmella says:

    I made the Ultimate Vanilla Cake in the newest Food Network Magazine. What adjustments to I need to make for High Altitude? My cake was dry, and didn't really rise enough??? Waiting to hear so I can make the Feb Chocolate Cake…Help

  3. There are recipes in case a cake flops… One is cake pops on which he use sprinkles and other batter. Try them if your cake flops or not. They are great.

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