Why Cakes Crack and How to Prevent It

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Have a cracked cake on your hands? Stay calm, all is not lost. We’ll show you how to quickly fix a cracked cake and how to prevent cracks in the future.

Layer cakes
How to fix a crack:
If the top of the cake is cracked, use a serrated bread knife to carefully slice it off. Then frost and stack the layers as usual. This also works if the top of the cake is domed.

If your cake layers are completely falling apart but still taste good, crumble them into pieces and make a trifle by layering the cake pieces in a deep bowl with whipped cream and fresh fruit. Your secret is safe with us.

How to prevent a crack:
If the top of your cake is cracked, your oven is probably too hot. This can cause the outside of the cake to cook faster than the inside, creating cracks. If you suspect this could be an issue, check the accuracy of your oven with a good oven thermometer.

Also try to resist opening and closing the oven door while the cake is baking. Even though you’re just taking a quick peek, this can cause the temperature to fluctuate, which can lead to uneven results.

Cheesecakes
How to fix a crack:
Spread on a thin layer of sour cream to hide cracks. Or top the cheesecake with fruit preserves or fresh sliced fruit. A pile of fluffy whipped cream always works too.

How to prevent a crack:
A too-hot oven is probably the culprit. But overbeating the batter can also cause a cheesecake to crack. If you add too much air to the batter, it will rise nice and tall in the pan, then deflate—and crack—as it cools. Beat the batter on medium speed just until it is smooth and all the ingredients are incorporated. Make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature, which will help them combine better.

Also keep a close eye on the cheesecake during the final minutes of baking. Take it out of the oven when the cheesecake is cooked through but still a little jiggly in the center when you shake the pan.

Pound Cakes
How to fix a crack:
Don’t worry about it! Pound cakes often have cracked tops because the batter is so dense. The exterior of the cake cooks first, which can cause the batter to rise up and crack in the center.

How to prevent a crack:
If you really can’t stand cracks, bake the cake in a tube pan, rather than a loaf pan. The hole in the center of the pan distributes the batter so it will cook more evenly and have a smoother surface.

Sheet cakes
How to fix a crack:
Buttercream frosting is like rich and creamy spackle. Unlike other types of frostings, buttercream is thick enough to repair and hide cracks. Give the cake a thin crumb coat to hide any imperfections, then top it with a nice thick layer of frosting.

If the cake is beyond repair, go the trifle route.

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How to prevent a crack:
Make sure your oven isn’t too hot. And if you’re concerned about cracking a sheet cake while removing it from the pan, a cold cake is always easier to remove than a warm one. Once the cake has come to room temperature, cover it and let it chill in the refrigerator overnight before removing from the pan.

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