I Hate The Wilton Leveler

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leah_s Posted 15 Oct 2010 , 12:54pm
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Having an Agbay would be worth rearranging your kitchen, or placing it on a shelf of honor on your wall. YES, it's really that good.

Evoir Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 8:07am
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I remember this thread coming up in the past. As I said last time...the Wilton large leveller is THE biggest waste of cake equipment money I have ever had the lack of information and experience to purchase.

One lousy expensive piece of c***.

pixiefuncakes Posted 17 Oct 2010 , 9:09am
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Bin it and buy the Agbay, you will never stress again ( I am in Australia, so it was a massive expense for me, but so worth it)

chris14467 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 10:06pm
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I bought the wilton cake leveler in september and you're right it's a terrible product. The blade is very cheap and I had a very hard time getting it to cut through the cake properly. I was gong to write to Wilton to tell them what I think about this product. I did find, however, if the cake is more toward room temperature when you cut it, the leveler does work better. The Agbay rocks! Someday I will own one.

kakedreamer1212 Posted 29 Oct 2010 , 10:19pm
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My daughter is getting me an Agbay for Christmas this year!!!!! YAY!!!!! I HATE the Wilton. Some how my the blade got a bit warped and when I use it , the cakes come out more unlevel than before I used it. You would think Wilton would know by now that it's a bad product.

MissCakeCrazy Posted 30 Oct 2010 , 4:16pm
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I have just seen this site but it sells 3 different styles, which one do you think would be the most useful (I don't do cakes that often) http://www.agbayproducts.com/products.html

obsessed Posted 30 Oct 2010 , 4:54pm
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Also dislike my Wilton leveller....immensely! Purchased it with a 50% off coupon from Michael's, used it once and haven't touched it since. It made such a mess of my poor cake...like I needed the added frustration of a levelled cake that wasn't level! Have heard very good things about the Agbay...might just put it on my Christmas list.... icon_smile.gif

MissCakeCrazy Posted 31 Oct 2010 , 9:40am
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Thinking of selling the Wilton Leveller on Ebay...I wonder how much it will go for.. I bought it for £30

LisaPeps Posted 31 Oct 2010 , 10:50am
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My best friend bought me an Agbay. I'm in the UK so it was expensive to get it here.

It is great, I used to do the toothpick and floss method and my cakes would come out ripped to shreds. He got me the single blade one which is enough for me as a hobby baker, but I can upgrade at a later date if I want to.

I just need to practise getting my icing perfectly level now.

Very happy girl icon_smile.gif

RainbowBeach Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 9:56pm
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I just got back from my local cake supply store. The lovely owner and I were having a long chat, as usual, when it came up that she has an Agbay.

I asked her for a demo, and she whipped it out and torted a cake. Impressive.

Then she mentioned that before she had an Agbay, she would stack Rare Earth magnets from Lee Valley to her desired cake height, and attach one stack to her knife at the handle end, and one stack at the tip end, making herself a little bridge. Rest the magnets on your counter, and torte the cake.

Um, genius?

She gave me a demo on this too, and it worked just as well as the Agbay.
The knife blade is too stiff to twist like the Wilton, the height is easier to adjust than the Fat Daddio, and way less money then the Agbay. So much less storage room required.

Needless to say, I stopped at Lee Valley on the way home.

Thanks D! icon_smile.gif

tsal Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 10:19pm
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Rainbowbeach: what size were the magnets? I'm on the Lee Valley website and they have a few sizes.

mareg Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 10:26pm
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Rainbowbeach can you post a picture by chance?

RainbowBeach Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 10:31pm
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They were the b & c sizes, and she had enough to build up 1 - 1and 1/2 inches.

I add a photo to my pictures. Just let me find my camera.

RainbowBeach Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 11:14pm
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Photo is up. It's with the Barefoot Contessa Lemon Cake. It was the only cake I had available. icon_cool.gif

AnotherCreation Posted 2 Nov 2010 , 11:48pm
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That is a really awesome idea!!!

molo1116 Posted 29 Dec 2010 , 5:10am
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i have the leveler with the wire, and it creates such a HUGE problem if the outside of the cake is too hard. it literally TEARS it's way through the cake, taking huge chunks of cake with it. sometimes i put the cake in the pan and just use a thread to level it off. old tricks never fail.

retaunton Posted 29 Dec 2010 , 5:45am
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I have several Wilton "tools" that I hate and consider to be a waste of money. I bought them before I knew better.

Claire138 Posted 29 Dec 2010 , 6:21am
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I have the wilton leveller too and it does not work well at all. The blade is not solid enough and I also found it alot of effort trying to slice the cake, not sure I would use it again.
The other idea sounds worth a try (at least until I could afford the agbay)

qtcakes Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 10:44pm
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the blade tends to have more give the more its used, and of course the ends are ..plastic...which doesnt hold anything tight.
dont you push you cakes down level after baking? then you dont need to level them?

DessertManiac Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 10:54pm
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I just bought one too, and it didn't work very well at all. I did notice it just tore through my cake. I did end up just flipping the cake over and using the bottom as the top. It worked well for the cake I made.

platinumlady Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 10:36pm
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t's funny to hear about the Wilton Leveler...I thought it was user's error...I upgraded to the ultimate leveler & it works better but still have to use a knife to get it perfectly straight.

I am gonna put the Agbay on my goal poster..I heard everyone talking about it googled it & fell in love with it. It takes a lot of the guess work out. And being a perfectionist...this is right up my alley icon_wink.gif

I'm gonna use the cake pan trick until I can get an Agbay!

LisaPeps Posted 7 Feb 2011 , 8:30am
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Originally Posted by platinumlady

t's funny to hear about the Wilton Leveler...I thought it was user's error...I upgraded to the ultimate leveler & it works better but still have to use a knife to get it perfectly straight.

I am gonna put the Agbay on my goal poster..I heard everyone talking about it googled it & fell in love with it. It takes a lot of the guess work out. And being a perfectionist...this is right up my alley icon_wink.gif

I'm gonna use the cake pan trick until I can get an Agbay!

You won't regret it. The Agbay is the best cake toy I have got, I wouldn't give it up EVER!

surgery2 Posted 12 Feb 2011 , 11:20am
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bought mine several months ago, I got mine for only $195.00, great price. LOVE it!

MissCakeCrazy Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 9:13pm
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Crabbabs, alot of people do card boards but I don't understand how you will be able to gef the exact height you want when each cake is different and the dome might start of below the level it normally starts? Also, if the boards measure half an inch and you level the cake, the cake will be shorter. Also, what do you do if the cake needs to be 4" high which is an inch over the tin?

tigachu Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 9:35pm
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I hate my wilton leveler! I am planning to save up so I can get the Agbay. For now, all I can do is dream...and try to make more cupcakes for the sake of ease icon_cool.gif

Now, I just need to find a way to convince the hubby to get it for me now so I don't have to wait! Let the bribery game begin icon_lol.gif

CakesbyOma Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 9:48pm
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OK, I also hated my Wilton leveler, because after 10 cakes, it was as dull as the rear end of a cow!! But I'm a penny pinching Dutchwoman, who thinks twice before spending any money. But that Agbay looked tempting and the dollar was creeping up to almost par with the US, so this is what I did to get it...I started collecting pop cans, bottles and/or anything the Bottle depot would pay money for! Went to parks, along sidewalks and anywhere there were lots of garbage cans. People looked at me like I was too well dressed to be homeless, so what's going on here but what did I care. I was goin' to get my Agbay!!! And I got it two weeks ago, just in time for my grandson's birthday cake (carrot) and it cut like a dream. Maureen was so wonderful to deal with and I maybe cheap but I know a good quality product when I see one. The Agbay was worth every sticky bottle, can and milk carton. Best thing I ever did and I love, love, love it. My Wilton is now in the recycling bin. So if you're like me and on a tight budget, do what most people wouldn't. It works!!

cakeRocket Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 9:55pm
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I too have bought and stored the leveler in my pantry...biggest waste of money and time trying to level a cake with that thing. I use a knife. No matter what size the cake, a simple knife does the trick.

MissCakeCrazy Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 10:00pm
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I have been meaning to sell my leveller off on ebay, haven't had the chance. The thing is, I can't find anything nice to write about it to sell it off! Completey rubbish. I have promised myself that with the next wedding cake order I receive, I will buy the Agbay.

Cookingkimber Posted 20 Mar 2011 , 10:14pm
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I have bought several other levelers and they never work, they don't cut straight or they tear my cake up. I finally broke down and bought the agbay and it is the best thing ever. It not only cuts my cake clean, super straight but it is soooo quick and easy and makes the process so easy.

The woman who runs agbay is super nice and helpful and if you have any troublem with anything just give her a call and she will walk you through it. By far the best product I have bought and once you see what its made out of and the way it cuts, you'll see it is more than worth the money.

CakesbyOma Posted 21 Mar 2011 , 3:05pm
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CookingKimber, couldn't have said it better myself! It's worth every penny when you see how well it works and just as important, how well it's made. I also tried to cut with a knife, but my cutting skills suck! Can't even cut a slice of bread straight! So the Agbay is worth every penny and then some, even if you are like me and just a hobby baker for friends and family. My fund raising method might be a bit unorthodox, but heh, I got the Agbay and it didn't cost me a cent!!

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