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Old 13-10-2003, 06:28 PM
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What are the causes of cracking on the top of a fruit cake?

Can ingredients etc. cause cracking as well as a to higher temp.?

I'm plannibg to make a Wedding cake for my daughter's wedding next
year. Any tips as to how to get the 'perfect' cake.

Chris....

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Old 13-10-2003, 08:37 PM
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What are the causes of cracking on the top of a fruit cake?

Can ingredients etc. cause cracking as well as a to higher temp.?

I'm plannibg to make a Wedding cake for my daughter's wedding next
year. Any tips as to how to get the 'perfect' cake.

Chris....


Fruit cake is a holiday item here in the US. The one's that I have made are
baked at low temperature for a long time and cracking isn't a problem. I
would think that you could just level the top of the cake with a knife and
turn it upside down so the top is perfect and the cake sits level on the
cake board. Are you going to cover the cake in marzipan and rolled fondant?


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Old 16-10-2003, 11:46 AM
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if the cake is peaked and cracked the reasons are as
follows.--insufficient creaming of fat and sugar or --the cake tin was
not large enough.or the cake was cooked too near to the top of the
oven.If the cake is dry then insufficient liquid or eggs was used,
or--over cooked or -- too much raising agent was used.If the cake has
sunk towards the base of the cake the fruit was too damp or the glace
cherries too sticky (always rinse the glace cherries and dry with
kitchen roll then toss in a little flour before adding)Or the oven
door was opened or banged whilst the cake was in the rising mode.If
this is your first cake then i would advise making one now as a
practise and if it turns out fine then everything is o.k. , but if not
it will give you plenty of time to make another and learn by your
mistakes.i have been making cakes for years but when i got a new
cooker i wasted a couple until i got used to my new oven and had to
adjust the temperatures which was rather a nuisance .a fruit cake
needs time to mature so making well in advance is advisable and double
wrap in greaseproof paper NOT cling film.good luck with the cake.
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Old 17-10-2003, 06:24 AM
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if the cake is peaked and cracked the reasons are as
follows.--insufficient creaming of fat and sugar or --the cake tin was
not large enough.or the cake was cooked too near to the top of the
oven.If the cake is dry then insufficient liquid or eggs was used,
or--over cooked or -- too much raising agent was used.If the cake has
sunk towards the base of the cake the fruit was too damp or the glace
cherries too sticky (always rinse the glace cherries and dry with
kitchen roll then toss in a little flour before adding)Or the oven
door was opened or banged whilst the cake was in the rising mode.If
this is your first cake then i would advise making one now as a
practise and if it turns out fine then everything is o.k. , but if not
it will give you plenty of time to make another and learn by your
mistakes.i have been making cakes for years but when i got a new
cooker i wasted a couple until i got used to my new oven and had to
adjust the temperatures which was rather a nuisance .a fruit cake
needs time to mature so making well in advance is advisable and double
wrap in greaseproof paper NOT cling film.good luck with the cake.


Why greasproof paper and not cling film? I always use plastic wrap for
both the cakes headed for long-term storage and regular storage. I've
never noticed any problem, and the cakes stay extremely moist.

Wayne
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Old 19-10-2003, 09:46 PM
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cakes wrapped in greaseproof paper stay moist but at the same time can
still breath. Using cling film can make them sweat.i know some people
use it regardless of what the experts say and their cakes are not
spoiled .


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Old 21-10-2003, 01:39 AM
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i too lace my cakes with alcohol ( in my case brandy) but if you are
not careful the booze COULD make the cake go mouldy. never had this
happen to me but i do know of it happening especially if the cake is
fed from the bottom and not the top. my kitchen smells of booze as i
type this, as i have just made a small square cake tonight. yummy!
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Old 21-10-2003, 02:38 AM
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.. my kitchen smells of booze as i
type this,


I suspect that is more common than one might have thought before reading
messages posted on Usenet. LOL!!


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Old 21-10-2003, 06:34 AM
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"paula" wrote in message
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. my kitchen smells of booze as i
type this,


I suspect that is more common than one might have thought before reading
messages posted on Usenet. LOL!!




Hehehe... You're probably right!
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