Does anyone have any tips on getting a tiered stacked cake compleatly level? i have to say i am not very good at cutting a completely straight and level line free-handed. i dont want the cake to look uneven when finished! how does everyone else do it? x
I use the wilton leveler (which I modified) when leveling a cake.
I bought a small level at Home Depot and I use it on a paper towel to check that each layer is level after I tort, after laying on fondant and after I stack. Overkill maybe, but nothing worse than worrying about your cake holding up after you leave the venue.
I use the small Wilton leveler, I bought the large, waste of money, it's crap. The small one has a wire, I would much rather use a wire. Come to think about it, maybe I will have the hubby modify the large one for me. The blade on the large one is really junk.
I also use a small level from the local hardware store. Works well for me. I only use my Wilton leveler on small cakes as the reviews on the large one were not positive. I really don't even use the small one much anymore as I read in one of the forums a tip on torting by putting toothpicks around the cake at the point where you want to cut the layers. I find this works really well on larger cakes. The level was the best investment I could have made.
Make sure you cut all of your dowels to the same height. The dowels support the tiers above, so even if the cake was a tiny bit uneven the dowels would still hold the upper tiers as long as the dowels are all even.
I use the small Wilton leveler most of the time. I have the big one but only use it when I have to. I use a sewing gauge to measure height for the dowels and to make sure I cut them all the same height.
Thank you all. i thought that there must be some kind of tool available to help with this. i dont suppose anyone could pass on a link to a website where i can buy one? i have no idea what im looking for! lol. x
Wilton cake leveler: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E30D67E-475A-BAC0-5792C543763E855E&fid=78510F78-475A-BAC0-5DD469DF1DB0367C
Level from hardware store: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=level&hl=en&show=dd&cid=5496128199537740926&sa=title#p
Sewing gauge: http://www.beverlys.com/sewing-gauge-by-dritz-black?source=googleps
The only reason I like the sewing gauge better than a plain ruler is that it has the little tab to move to mark the height so I don't have to remember which little mark on the ruler I'm aiming for when I cut everything.
You can get all this stuff at Walmart, no need to order anywhere Just posted links to it so you'd know what we were talking about.
Im in the uk and we dont have walmart here wish we did! so i will have to order online as iv not seen anything like that in my local decorating shop. thank you so much for the links, going to look at them now. x