Perfectly Level Stacked Cakes

Decorating By kjbrooks Updated 6 Aug 2010 , 10:43am by Pickulz

kjbrooks Posted 1 May 2010 , 5:59am
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I am still having tremendous problems with lop sided cakes. Any help would be greatly appreciated

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mamawrobin Posted 1 May 2010 , 6:27am
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I overfill my pans when I bake so that I can use my knife (I have one with a 22 inch blade) and cut it even with the top of my cake pan. That's how I get my cakes level. It works for me but someone else may have a better idea.

indydebi Posted 1 May 2010 , 7:50am
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can you tell us how you are leveling your cakes?

dalis4joe Posted 1 May 2010 , 11:29am
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it might not be your cake... it might be when you ice it that it's not being iced the same height on all sides... I have a leveler from the home depot and I always use it when I am icing my cake to ensure it's level....

hth

leah_s Posted 1 May 2010 , 11:46am
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If you start with the Agbay leveler you'll be assured of a level cake to begin with. Then use a laser level to project a line around your cake and remove icing above that line.

dalis4joe Posted 1 May 2010 , 11:49am
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uuuu leah I like that.... are those expensive??? I want a laser thingy

cakes47 Posted 1 May 2010 , 12:13pm
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The Agbay leveler is very expensive but if you do many cakes a week, it's worth it.
The laser is not expensive.

sweetjan Posted 1 May 2010 , 12:31pm
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Never heard of a laser level...wow! Are they at Lowe's, etc.?

cakes47 Posted 1 May 2010 , 2:12pm
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You should be able to find them in any hardware store. icon_smile.gif

mamawrobin Posted 1 May 2010 , 2:21pm
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Yep. I got mine at Lowe's. Can't afford an agbay icon_sad.gif .

To the op..ARE you leveling your cakes?

sweetjan Posted 1 May 2010 , 2:34pm
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Talk to you all later......gotta run to Lowe's!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

bonton Posted 1 May 2010 , 5:36pm
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does anyone know how the laser works..to help level cakes...I to have a problem with cakes being lopsided. I have used the towel method to
press down on the cake after it comes out of the oven AND I use a
flower nail while baking..The cake looks even..So I guessing it must be the
icing...I just solved my own dilemma. LOL Any thoughts...I am doing an anniversary cake in June..
Thanks
Bonton

leah_s Posted 1 May 2010 , 6:25pm
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bonton, "the cake looks level" doesn't cut it. It's not level. You have to level it.

The laser is less than $10 at the big box hardware store.

bonton Posted 1 May 2010 , 10:17pm
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Thanks, Leah
I guess I will be off to Lowe's for one soon. I did check them out online.. to see what it looks like...
Bonton

cheatize Posted 2 May 2010 , 5:49am
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Originally Posted by bonton

Thanks, Leah
I guess I will be off to Lowe's for one soon. I did check them out online.. to see what it looks like...
Bonton




Mine looks like this:
LL

Skirt Posted 2 May 2010 , 6:17am
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now I know what I want for mother's day ... a laser level! Well, I'd love a Cricut but even Costco can't get the price under $300.00. Ok, it's 299.99 but you know what I mean!

bonton Posted 2 May 2010 , 4:47pm
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Thanks Cheatize for sharing the picture...so you angle the light at the cake,
and any gaps would indicate the cake isn't level?

momma28 Posted 2 May 2010 , 5:14pm
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Yay a new toy!!! I love getting cake decorating tools at the home improvement store icon_smile.gif

Bonton: You really need to level the cake before even starting or no amount of fixing later is going to work. Have you tried sugarshacks video on buttercream? It was a life saver for me when I was learning! Even if you are covering in fondant that icing needs to be smooth and level or the problem multiplies. You can even use her method with smbc just leave out the viva step.

kjbrooks Posted 3 May 2010 , 5:59pm
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I level my cake using a serrated knife and remove the tops. That is how I was taught in school. (It doesn't always work)

miny Posted 7 May 2010 , 10:17pm
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Yeyyy, I'm getting my agbay leveller for mother's day but I don't know where to get it icon_sad.gif I tried the website already but there is not link to place an order, do you know where I can order it or go buy it in California? TIA

superstar Posted 8 May 2010 , 10:21pm
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Wow! Leah...never in a million years would I have thought of using a laser leveler for my cakes. You are a star, thank you.

Kitagrl Posted 8 May 2010 , 10:43pm
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Wow that's cool...I'm all for a cheap new cake toy.

Kitagrl Posted 8 May 2010 , 11:00pm
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Stupid question...but does a laser level level things like anything else...I mean... if the countertop is slightly "off" will your cake be slightly "off" too?

I do get a little nervous about measurements...I end up usually trusting my eye more than anything concrete.

Mencked Posted 8 May 2010 , 11:24pm
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Wow that laser leveler looks like a perfect way to get things level. I've just been using a seam guage tool to make sure my cakes are level at the top edge!

denetteb Posted 8 May 2010 , 11:50pm
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Also make sure your oven is level and that your decorating surface is level. I found my countertop was level but my table was not. I made sure that got taken care of.

sugarshack Posted 9 May 2010 , 3:33am
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the cake has to be level, but then you have to ice it level. but the most important thing in a stacked cake is that your supports are level, even if the cakes are not.

pastryqueen9 Posted 9 May 2010 , 11:57pm
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I'm still confused on how to use the level on the top and on the sides of the cake. My trouble tends to be more on the sides of the cake then the top. I hate to be a bother but can someone explain it to me icon_smile.gificon_sad.gificon_redface.gif

momma28 Posted 10 May 2010 , 12:22am
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Originally Posted by pastryqueen9

I'm still confused on how to use the level on the top and on the sides of the cake. My trouble tends to be more on the sides of the cake then the top. I hate to be a bother but can someone explain it to me icon_smile.gificon_sad.gificon_redface.gif




Sides? Do you mean before icing? If so are you using straight sided pans.

LuvLyrics Posted 10 May 2010 , 12:41am
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If you are new at this, like me, I will recomend Sugar sharck's DVD's. I can't afford an Agbay right now, but I have learned so much from her DVD'S.

How are you feeling your cakes? and when you cut the leyers, are you making sure to match the sides? you can do this by marking it with tooth picks, to make sure the sides match.. I hope I explained it right..

pastryqueen9 Posted 10 May 2010 , 5:17pm
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momma28 wrote:

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Sides? Do you mean before icing? If so are you using straight sided pans.




I mean after icing...and I've never heard of a straight sided pan before...what is that?

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