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4th November 2019 

Free Cake Tutorial: How to Fix a Damaged Cake

It's late at night, you're tired and you just want to get this cake filled and crumb coated before the end of the day. You're happily going about your work and then *gasps* something goes wrong and you're too tired to even know how to fix it.

Well our first tip would be, don't do cake things late at night. It just never ends well, trust us we know.​​​​ 

We've all been there, you've spent hours carefully making your cake, baking it to perfection, filling and stacking it and then something happens and it breaks. Your heart sinks and you just think "well that's that then, I'll have to start again". You go to bed sad and annoyed and that's never good for anyone.

Well, we've heard this all too many times, cakes break or something goes wrong and we think it's the end of the world. Nope, not any more!

With this free tutorial from Pretty Witty Cakes you can learn how to fix a damaged cake. No one will know you had a bit of a baking blunder, a frosting faux pas, and it's actually a lot easier than you think. A little buttercream can cover a multitude of sins.

So next time you have a late night battle with your bake, DON'T PANIC, we've got you. Have a watch of this free tutorial and we'll show you how to fix your damaged cake. No stress needed. 

If you loved this tutorial then have a look at our other tutorial on how to split, fill and crumb coat a big cake. This is perfect for all your celebration and wedding cakes! Have a look over at the  Academy!

How to split, fill and crumb coat a big cake

Top Tips for how to Fix Your Cake:

  • You really need to start with a very level and flat cake before you do any filling or stacking.
  • It's ok to lose a little bit of cake when you're fixing and levelling it.
  • If you've made an incision and have a flap of cake but it's still holding together don't panic, leave it as it is for now, it can be sorted when you build your tier.
  • When you're choosing a cake for your top layer, choose the one that is the flattest. 
  • If you've accidentally gauged a bit of cake out of one of your layers then you can hide it in amongst the layers, it will get filled with buttercream.
  • When adding buttercream, use a rocking motion and apply a bit of pressure so you don't pull up that flap where the cake was cut wrong.
  • When applying the buttercream, over lap the buttercream to the sides, this will help with the last layer of cake that is not square on the edge.
  • To make sure the cake is completely level use a bigger cake board and spirit level placed on top of the cake to level it.
  • You can fill all the holes on the sides of the cake by filling with buttercream, making a nice square and straight edge.
  • Keeping the scraper square to the cake, gently scrape off any excess buttercream.
  • As there is a lot of buttercream on the cake, pop it in the fridge for half an hour to chill.
  • Then go in with the buttercream again and do a second crumb coat just to finish it off.

Products Used for Fixing a Damaged Cake:


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6 inch Cake Drum

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12 inch Cake Drum

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Spirit Level

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Palette Knife

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Side Scraper

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Non Stick Green Board

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Our Final Words:

So there you are, most problems can be fixed and with a little help from some butter cream you can sort almost any problem. 

But seriously, don't bake when it's late. It's just not worth it.

Now why don't you head on over to the Pretty Witty Academy and have a look at our tutorials. You could start with how to split, fill and crumb coat a big cake and then look at all our other amazing tutorials from a huge range of guest tutors.

How to split, fill and crumb coat a big cake

Over on the Pretty Witty Academy site we have nearly 1000 cake tutorials showing you everything from how to cover a cake with sugarpaste to fully advanced gravity defying cakes. We also have a huge business section for those wanting to run a cake business. 

Why not check out some of these amazing cake tutorials. See more at Pretty Witty Academy.

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