Cake Leveling???Am I the only one who does this?

Decorating By Tonja Updated 14 Aug 2006 , 9:54pm by mkerton

susieq76 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 4:34pm
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I will try this dishtowel method tonight! I am quite excited icon_smile.gif

fearlessbaker Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 4:36pm
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i never found the cakes to be dense with the pressing method. I have both Wilton Levelors andhate both. I am springing for an Agbay. Thanks for reminding me.

Tonja Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 5:03pm
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SusieQ be sure and let us know how it worked for you...

nickshalfpint Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:17pm
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What is the flower nail trick?

Cakeasyoulikeit Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:25pm
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I've done this for years. I actually usually use a potholder, but same idea. I don't know where the idea came from...I think it just seemed like a good idea. icon_smile.gif

MariaLovesCakes Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:29pm
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What is the flower nail trick?




Grease the flour nail that you use to make a rose, put it in the middle of the pan, and then pour the cake mix. Bake it and then when its cooled, flip the cake, and then the flour nail should come out easily, because you greased it before. The metal in the flour nail acts as a heat conductor and its supposed to make your cake baked evenly in the center.

nickshalfpint Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:32pm
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Thank you so much. I'm gonna have to try that.

butternut Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:34pm
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I always use the baking strips, flower nail and I press down the top of the cake upon removing from the oven. I found that it is even easier if you use a cake board to level the top of the cake. I found that you can place the dish towel over top of the cake and push it through the nail. Then place a cake board over this and press down until it is level with the top of the cake pan. The nail will go right through the cardboard and you can get the top of the cake completely flat. It really works great. I've never had to cut the crown off of a cake.

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 6:45pm
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Oh My Gosh you all!!

I can NOT ever in a million years express how much I LOVE THIS SITE!!

I am so excited about this method! I could ::pop:: icon_lol.gif
I am going to try this dish towel method. I level & am sad to see cake goto waste.

Thank you EVERYONE for sharing so much wonderful information.....

traceysob Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:00pm
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I've never had a problem with the wilton leveler tearing up my cakes but I do hate to throw away all that yummy cake. I'm going to try the combo of the flower nail and the pressing method tonight! Thanks so much for the wonderful tips! This site is so great!!!!!

tobycat Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:00pm
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Definitely going to try this this week! I, too, have felt sorrow over the wasted cake. I've tried eating it, passing it out, and saving it for trifle, but seriously, there's only so much you can use!

Sarah

MariaLovesCakes Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:07pm
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Lately, I've been given cake that I don't need to the kids in the neighborhood. They love it!

peajay66 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:14pm
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Originally Posted by fearlessbaker

I am springing for an Agbay. Thanks for reminding me.




What is an Agbay and where do you buy them?

tiptop57 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:14pm
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I said it once and I will say it again, those of you who are hump pressers scare me a bit. icon_surprised.gif
Gosh, what do you have against the cake anyway that you have to push it around. icon_lol.gif

oneprimalscream Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:23pm
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Thanks for the tips.

I use the small Wilton leveler and have NEVER had any problems. I suppose it was good luck or something...haha.

I don't like cutting the best part of the cake off though. It always gets eaten by my 6 yr old brother, but still...that part of the cake is always so yummy!

cakesbyjess Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:27pm
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Originally Posted by peajay66

Quote:
Originally Posted by fearlessbaker

I am springing for an Agbay. Thanks for reminding me.



What is an Agbay and where do you buy them?




peajay66, Agbay is an AMAZING leveler. Here's the link: http://www.agbayproducts.com/

I don't own one yet (though I hope to someday), but I had the opportunity to try one out, and it was just amazing. So worth the money!!

4kids Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:30pm
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Great tips!

Totally going to try the dish towel. Thanks a bunch!

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:30pm
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Originally Posted by tiptop57

I said it once and I will say it again, those of you who are hump pressers scare me a bit. icon_surprised.gif
Gosh, what do you have against the cake anyway that you have to push it around. icon_lol.gif




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4kids Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:36pm
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Monica.. you are hilarious! I just love you! icon_lol.gif

Monica0271 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:39pm
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mckaren Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 7:43pm
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I always level and haven't had any problems but i'm going to try the dish towel method - i'm quite excited about this!

How do you do it with cup cakes/fairy cakes without squishing them or spoiling the cases?

fourangelsmommie Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 8:04pm
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Ok, I think someone mentioned something like this, but can you just take a cakeboard and put on the top of your cake that came out of the oven, and flip it onto the board, so it pushes against the board and levels itself? Then you have the 'bottom' of the cake on top, which should hopefully already be flat?????


I'll have to try it tonight when I bake some cakes. Thanks for a good tip!

Cake_Princess Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 8:15pm
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I have only been decorating for a couple of months and during my course I class, I bought the leveler and leveled the cake... I HATE USING A LEVELER. I tore the cake up and etc.... I was online ( I dont remember where) and ran across an article about baking. The cake decorator said that she never took the crown off a cake, that she used a dishtowel while the cak was still warm and just pushed the cake down level.. I tried it and on my first time it worked perfectly.. It (in my novice opinion) makes the cake more dense also. I have done it on all my cakes and they are all really tall and very straight and even. I have done it on all the cakes in my photos, both sheet and round... I hope it works for someone else who hates the leveler.....Anyone else use this little trick?




Tonja, a few people do this HOWEVER if the cake is overbaked this will not work. So just keep this in mind.

I would highly recommend bake even strips and the heating core for the larger pans.

tiptop57 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:04pm
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OMG, OMG Is it just me? But $250.00 plus dollars for a SAW! Geez, you guys, what a rip off. Everytime I watch the food network, the professionals level or torte cakes with a chefs knife like at the Disney Kitchens that put on mega princess weddings, which is probably a part of set that would cost $250. What are we coming to anyway.

I am actually looking for a great chefs knife and not another gadget like the Wilton tilting turn table that will take up precious counter space..........$250 bucks - OMHO too much money for a gadget.

cakesbyjess Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:14pm
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I agree that it is expensive but don't think it is a ripoff. If you have to do enough leveling and torting, it becomes worth it. It cuts through cake like butter. I can understand why you wouldn't want to buy it because of the price, but it makes life easier. I haven't bought one yet because it's not at the top of my spending priority list, but it's definitely on my wish list.

tiptop57 Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:26pm
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cakesbyjess: Yep, yep, seriously, I really do understand the idea of the latest and greatest toy urge, but my point is the professionals use a knife! And that is what I am striving for, professional looking cakes and not the "I baked this at home and gee it was torted with a $250 dollar expensive gadget, so I am going to up the price on your cake to help pay for it!"

Actually for $250, I would rather put in another fridge, a drying cabinet, another KA or save for a dough sheeter. I'm such a stubborn snob! icon_lol.gif

fourangelsmommie Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:30pm
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Tiptop57, I agree! I have many other things I can spend my hard earned money on than a $250 saw.

Like Alton Brown says, gadgets should multi-task!

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cakesbyjess Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:35pm
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tiptop57, I understand where you're coming from. My point is that I HATE torting and leveling cakes ... I have almost cut myself many times, even with my good serrated knife. So, for me (and maybe others who share my disdain for torting and leveling), this is worth the money. If I do buy this leveler, I definitely won't be increasing my cake prices because of my decision to make the purchase ... that wouldn't be fair to my customers. I'm just saying that while this product doesn't appeal to you at all and seems like a ripoff to you, it may be the best thing since sliced bread for some people. I would also be willing to bet that there are some professionals out there who do use this leveler. I'm not trying to be argumentative ... I'm just trying to share a different viewpoint.

candyladyhelen Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:55pm
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Yeah, I have posted that hint several times on this board. I have been doing this for about 30 years. I almost never have a problem with it.

candyladyhelen Posted 26 Jul 2006 , 9:57pm
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Originally Posted by MariaLovesCakes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tonja

IThe cake decorator said that she never took the crown off a cake, that she used a dishtowel while the cak was still warm and just pushed the cake down



A dry or damp dish towel?



You use a dry terry towel.

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