Baking a cake is something that you really want to get right. Whether you’re baking a cake for a special occasion or if you just want to enjoy a nice dessert with your family, it’s important to ensure that the cake turns out how you want it to.
That’s why it’s so disappointing when you pull a cake out of the oven and find out that it’s broken in some way. Are you going to have to throw the cake out or can it be fixed?
There are actually a number of things that you can try to do to fix a broken cake. Below, you’re going to learn about your options.
Hold it Together with Frosting
One of the most popular ways to fix a broken cake involves holding it together with frosting. Essentially, the frosting is going to be like the glue that holds the cake together.
You might have a big crack down the middle of your cake or it could have split clean in two. Using frosting to secure it and make it stay together is a solid idea that can work out nicely.
Using the frosting like this will allow it to serve as the glue that mends the broken cake. Of course, some types of frosting will work better than others when you’re trying to achieve this.
It might be a good idea to go with buttercream frosting or mascarpone. Both of these frosting types should do a good enough job of holding the cake together while still being quite delicious.
You’ll want to make sure that the type of cake that you’re making will go well with the frosting before proceeding. It’s possible to try other types of frosting and see how things go, too.
This might work best if your cake is just sort of split in the middle. So long as you can make the cake hold together with the frosting, you’ll be able to cut it into pieces and serve it as normal.
The taste of the cake will still be very good so long as nothing else went wrong during the baking process. You might wind up using a bit more frosting than usual, but many people won’t mind getting a bit of extra frosting with a piece of cake.
Serve Ice Cream on Top of the Cake
Perhaps it doesn’t look like the cake will hold together as well as you’d like it to even when you use extra frosting. If the frosting can’t hold it together, then you could still frost the cake and eat it as normal.
You can sort of mask how the cake looks by serving slices with ice cream on top. Simply buy some ice cream and place a scoop or two of ice cream on top.
Many people eat cake alongside ice cream anyway, and this idea will certainly be appealing. You’ll be able to serve a tasty treat that everyone is going to enjoy even if the cake doesn’t look quite the way that you want it to.
Hopefully, everyone will enjoy the ice cream and cake without worrying about things too much. It is unfortunate when one breaks, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t any good.
Make Cake Pop Treats Instead
You could use the broken cake to make something else that will be just as tasty. Sometimes people will hold onto the pieces and turn them into cake pops.
Cake pops are balls that are made up of cake crumbles. You form the cake crumbles into a ball and then you coat them in melted chocolate.
Once this is done, you can add frosting to the cake pops or dip them in some type of candy. You place them on sticks so that they can be enjoyed easily.
This is an interesting bite-sized cake snack that will allow you to use your broken cake nicely. If you want to be able to enjoy cake in a different way, then this is a good idea.
Make a Trifle
Making a trifle isn’t necessarily a way to fix a broken cake either, but it’s still something to consider. Trifles are good desserts that are simple to make and allow you to throw many things in.
You could fill a bowl with ingredients such as pudding, various fruits, whipped cream, and melted chocolate. Then, you can add your broken cake into the mix so that it can be used up.
People often make trifles out of baked goods that didn’t quite turn out the way that they planned. It’s a good way to ensure that nothing goes to waste.
There are many different ways to incorporate cake into a trifle dessert. Simply determine what ingredients you’d like to use and you’ll be able to enjoy something tasty despite having issues with your cake.
How About Enjoying a Cake Shake?
Shakes can be a very scrumptious dessert to have with friends and family. It might not be what you planned to enjoy, but you could use your cake to make special cake milkshakes.
You’ll be making a milkshake and then topping it with whipped cream and bits of the cake that you made. This will be very tasty overall, and some people even choose to mix cake into the milkshake itself.
It’s easy enough to take the broken pieces of cake and decorate them with frosting. The pieces will look very pretty on top of a milkshake and they’re going to taste excellent as well.
If you’re someone who enjoys milkshakes, then this will be a solid way to enjoy your cake. Making mistakes won’t necessarily mean that you have to give up on the cake entirely.
Bread Pudding Is an Option
If you think that the cake isn’t salvageable enough to enjoy it as normal, then you might want to try to turn it into bread pudding. Bread pudding is a very different type of dessert, but it’s going to be tasty nonetheless.
Many people love bread pudding and you can make a very good type of bread pudding using cake. Some people even choose to turn leftover pieces of cake into bread pudding.
This isn’t hard to make and you’re likely going to enjoy it a lot. It might not seem like an appropriate replacement option if you were baking a cake for a birthday party, though.
You Could Throw the Cake Out and Try Again
Perhaps you really had your heart set on baking a cake and having it turn out perfectly. You might have a good idea why things went wrong with your cake as well.
Often, cakes will break when you don’t measure the ingredients properly. It’s pretty normal to see cracks when the ingredients are just a bit off of what they should be.
You could also have used a pan that just wasn’t well-suited for baking a cake. Sometimes people have cakes break because they stick to the pan too much and it’s impossible to pull the cake out without breaking it.
Try to use a cake pan that doesn’t have these issues and be careful when measuring your ingredients. Bake it at the recommended temperature and keep an eye on it so that you can ensure that you get the best results.
You don’t have to force yourself to try to eat one that didn’t turn out great. Perhaps you’re worried that the taste won’t be perfect or maybe you just don’t want to try to enjoy the cake in an alternative way.
It will feel a bit wasteful to throw out the broken cake, but sometimes mistakes do happen. You can start over again so long as you have the necessary ingredients and the time to bake another one.
Baking a cake and having it turn out a bit wrong can be very annoying. No one wants to have a cake break on them because it throws everything off.
You can try to fix a broken cake in a few ways, though. The best thing to try first is to see if you can get the cake to hold together using frosting.
This might not work well if the cake is very broken or if you had issues with it sticking to the pan. It’s best to use this idea when you have a big crack in your cake or something similar.
If you don’t think that fixing the cake is possible, then you can attempt to use the broken cake to make other desserts. You could turn the broken pieces into bread pudding or you could use them to make cake pops.
There are so many options to consider and that should show you that a broken cake can still be useful. Regardless, not everyone is going to want to have a different dessert when they have their hearts set on the cake.
If you don’t want to try to repurpose the broken cake, you could simply throw it out and try to bake another one. Just do what you can to correct your mistakes so that things will turn out perfectly the next time around.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.