filling or making a two layer cake (12 x 1 do I have to level it? Since I'm only making a one layer cake I don't want to cut too much off? Does this question make sense? Please help. Cakes are due on Saturday.
If you don't level it, the cake will have a dome shaped look once iced, unless it baked pretty level - you can also try to flatten it a bit by pushing down the top with a cardboard round when its hot out of the oven and still in the pan. Your iced cake will resemble the shape of your naked cake, you can adjust a bit with icing but not enough to hide a large dome top.
Agree with Fullhouse.
Whilst still hot - place a heavy object on it to flatten out any rise/dome, before you take it out of pan.
Same size cake pan with some jars of jam in it will work...
LOL - it worked for me.
I use a sheet pan for the flattening. And yes, even for a single layer cake, it should be level on top. It's the mark of someone who knows what she's doing.
Also if you filled the top down on the board, depending on how big the dome is it could crack the layer in half.
If the dome is slight you can let the cake cool for a few minutes then invert it out onto a cooling rack and it will flatten out. For a clean, neat, more professional looking cake you need a nice level top. Learn the tricks to accomplish this and you'll be much happier with your results, every time. You can level your cakes then stack them with the cut sides together and have that nice even bottom up to ice.
Thank you all so much. I will attempt to level it tonight. I'll post my pictures when done.