Bulging and sweating Cake?!?!?!

by sonia hanks
(oakville, ontario, canada)

Ok I’m no newbie here but I’m going to pull my hair out!?!?

I’ve had no problems with my cakes from November till May.
Now it’s June and all my cakes are bulging and sweating….

My cake is filled with butter cream and fresh fruit.
I always refrigerate my cakes perishables or not (I know I don’t have to….)
Day 1 - I always freeze my cakes 1st
Day 2 - Then I pull them out fill let it settle for an hour or two
Butter cream and put back in the fridge.
Day 3 – I spritz it with water and apply the fondant decorate and voila!

Well my voila is now an ou lalalal……
All my cakes are drooping and bulging.

Help !?!??!?

From the editor:

Hi Sonia,

It's definitely the humidity that's wreaking havoc on your cakes. There is a couple of tricks you can use:

1. Pipe a ring of stiff buttercream around the edge of each layer before filling. This will prevent the bulges. Make sure to refrigerate overnight before top coating, so it all has a chance to firm up.

2. Instead of spritzing with water, which can contribute to sweating in a humid environment, try lightly painting the back of the fondant with clear alcohol (like vodka). The alcohol acts like a glue but evaporates quickly and completely, which will help prevent sweating.

Good luck.

Michelle (editor)

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