sugartopped Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 10:24pm
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http://www.agbayproducts.com/index.htm

I'm having a hard time leveling my cakes.....esp. the larger ones. I have both wilton levelers but they don't work well for me and I've tried several other ways mentioned on this site....but nothing seems to be working well to get a perfectly level, flat cake. Not usually a problem until I try to stack them. Had a slight problem w/this in the wedding cake I just did.

Well, my husband found this thing above and wants to get it for me for xmas. But it is so expensive!!! And I wouldn't be able to get the airbrush gun I've been wanting for months!!! But he said I could get the airbrush gun for mothers day.

So just wondering what you guys think.

Christine

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VACakelady Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 10:40pm
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icon_eek.gif Wow that is a lot for a cake leveler. I agree with you about the Wilton levelers. The small one is alright most of the time, but the larger ones blade is not sturdy enough to stay straight all of the time. I'm frequently getting low spots on my cakes when using it. I guess it depends on how many cakes you do and whether you think it would be more beneficial. I might have to put this on my christmas list, it's always better when you aren't paying for it yourself.

TamiAZ Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 10:54pm
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I don't have one, but I want one... It's an awesome leveler. You would be amazed at how thin you can torte a cake using it. I know people who have it and love it!! icon_lol.gif

sugartopped Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 11:09pm
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well my husband said since i would use the leveler for EVERY cake and the airbrush some of the time....the leveler would be a better investment!!

was hoping someone has had one or heard of it though before spending that much $$ on a leveler!!

tripletmom Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 11:17pm
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I have only read glowing reviews about the agbay. Everyone has said that it was worth every penny, a definite investment piece. It's on my wishlist as well!

tanyap Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 11:38pm
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Wow! Just saw the video demo! I want one!!! icon_surprised.gificon_eek.gificon_cry.gif

aupekkle Posted 21 Nov 2005 , 11:54pm
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I saw the demo too and I think I was more appalled at the fact that the lady threw away the top layer of cake!!!! icon_biggrin.gif That could have been used in cake balls!

Joking aside, that looks like a great tool, but it would have to be a good investment. I know my hubby wouldn't let me get that because we have no space for it in our apt and so far, I haven't had to do any real large cakes.

tanyap Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 12:03am
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aupekkle - you are right...I did have a gaped mouth at her agility to toss that top layer to the side like a frisbee! icon_biggrin.gif

MrsMissey Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 12:21am
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My DH teased me enough when I went from the small to the large Wilton leveler....so I can't imagine what he would say about that monster!! LOL! I really have no problems with the larger Wilton leveler, so I guess I'll stick with that one!

traci Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 12:29am

Thanks for the link...I have never seen one of those before. I would love to have one because I sometimes have trouble with my large leveler. So which one should you order the one for 149.00 or the other one for 250.00??? Or it that the cost of the whole thing??? icon_smile.gif

oohlalacakes Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 1:15am

I'm really looking forward to hearing from someone that has actually tried this. You know how those infomercials are, they always have everything just so to make the product look it's best. Looks to me like she had an extremely dense cake and notice how she's already trimmed off the crusty bits from around the edges of the cake (those are what always screw me up). I can't say for sure, but it almost seems that the cake could already be cut and she's just running the blades through it...that, or that is one sharp blade! Ok, maybe I'm too much of a skeptic...but I'd really like to hear from someone that has one.

usaribbon.gif Samantha

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to insinuate fraud or anything of the sort, I just find it hard to believe it's so wonderful...please don't take any offense.

stephanie214 Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:38am

I have a little gadget that I use to level or torte cakes and it only cost me $6.99.
LL

cakefanatic Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:40am

I will tell you about something I learned in a cake class "DON'T SPEND YOUR MONEY" I am not going to even look at it.

I also bought the both levelers from wilton's and the large one was bent, when I was going to return it, I realized that I left it in the car I rented oh well.

But any way's go to walmart to the fishing isle buy fishing line that is 6 lbs. this will cost you less than $10.00 you do the math.

I have clear but I think they have colored one, I think that is easier to eye ball.

Just cut a big piece depending on your cake allow extra to pull as you arange it all around making sure it is even all the way around.

As you end up with the two ends facing you crisscross the fishing line and pull it should give you a perfect cut.

Try this before you spend lots of $$$$$ then you can buy your airbrush machine.

TamiAZ Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:41am
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Originally Posted by oohlalacakes

I'm really looking forward to hearing from someone that has actually tried this. You know how those infomercials are, they always have everything just so to make the product look it's best. Looks to me like she had an extremely dense cake and notice how she's already trimmed off the crusty bits from around the edges of the cake (those are what always screw me up). I can't say for sure, but it almost seems that the cake could already be cut and she's just running the blades through it...that, or that is one sharp blade! Ok, maybe I'm too much of a skeptic...but I'd really like to hear from someone that has one.

usaribbon.gif Samantha

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to insinuate fraud or anything of the sort, I just find it hard to believe it's so wonderful...please don't take any offense.




It really works...They were at convention one year doing live demonstrations. Everyone one I know that has one just raves about it!!

edencakes Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:46am

this thread might be helpful if you're looking for more info: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-5302-agbay.html

dandelion Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:51am

stephanie214 what is that?!?! icon_lol.gif it looks complicated. could you explain how it works please?

MontiBellesBakery Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:54am

Great idea cakefanatic! I have both Wilton levelers and don't have problems anymore. In the beginning, it was hard but now I slice through a cake just as easy as the lady on the demo. I also find a large bread knife works really well for me. I must admit though, that is one cool leveler. icon_cool.gif

CakemanOH Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 3:59am

I have one. It is the best investment I have made along with my edible art printer. This thing is a true machine!!!! I can tort a 2 inch cake 7 times without a tear! I could have done more but didn't want to waste another cake messing around. It cuts through the toughest cake like butter and the blade is so tight if you pluck it it sounds like a guitar string. The blade does not sway or move at all so all cuts are to a T. The frame and all the pieces are top quality. Very well made and I believe when I spoke to the owner she did mention thay are all hand made. If you can afford it it is a great investment. I love mine and the time it takes away from torting and leveling is amazing. And no I do not own the company! icon_biggrin.gif

cakefanatic Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 4:08am

When I was introduced to the fishing line I was like what are you talking about...., especially when you have to cut off the top that rises in the pan so if it don't rise as much it gets kind of difficult but only for that part.

I sometimes just flip it over and just eye ball it to cut off the top. If I wouldn't of attended this cake class given in the cake supply/bakery shop I never would have learned this technique.

I hope this help's.

Cakefanatic

sugartopped Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 4:23am
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Originally Posted by edencakes

this thread might be helpful if you're looking for more info: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-5302-agbay.html




thanks for the link. Since I plan on starting my business soon....meeting w/the contractors next week icon_biggrin.gif ). I think this may be a good investment. I've tried the fishing line method and it cut the cake fine....but I couldn't get it even.

I am interested in hearing about the gadget Stephanie214 uses though. It looks interesting!!
Christine

stephanie214 Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 6:56am

dandelion and pinkbunny,

I posted the directions in the general forum. The title is "Cute little gadget".

It is so easy to use.

If you can't find the title, pm me and I will explain it to you.

peg818 Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 1:30pm

If you invest in the agbay, you'll wonder what you ever did without it. I use mine on every cake and it cuts though everything like butter. I have the one blade model, but the two blade is really cool, but i really couldn't justify the expense of the extra blade, as i can just not be lazy and adjust the one bladed one to do the job. Its easy to use and very sharp (watch your fingers)

No i don't own the company, just a happy customer.

cande Posted 22 Nov 2005 , 9:06pm

For those of you who have this:
Can you cut through sponge cake or joconde or angel food cake without any problems? What about really moist cakes?

It looks like it would work really well for dense cakes, so I wonder how it works with the aforementioned types? Is it really an 'all-rounder'?

CakemanOH Posted 23 Nov 2005 , 4:02am

The blade is so sharpe it will go through anything. I have had it through tough and moist.

dragonwarlord1969 Posted 27 Nov 2005 , 12:36am

I was watching Alton Brown decorate a cake and he used unwaxed dental floss to torte a cake. Has anybody tried this? I do like the leveler, it looks pretty sweet!

Joe

ashianadotkom Posted 27 Nov 2005 , 12:58am

One more toy to wash!! thumbsdown.gificon_cry.gif


AShiana

peg818 Posted 27 Nov 2005 , 1:17am

i used dental floss for years. Bought the agbay when i had the money to treat myself and i'm not sorry i did.

Cakepro Posted 27 Nov 2005 , 10:38pm

DANG that's expensive for a single-use tool. Looks neat though. icon_biggrin.gif

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