I Can't Do It!

Decorating By PoodleDoodle Updated 11 Dec 2010 , 3:03am by leah_s

PoodleDoodle Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:12pm
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For the life of me, I can't ice a cake level. My cake is level before I put on the icing so it's not the cake.

I've tried Sharon's method & the upside down method and everytime the cake is slightly higher in the center. It's driving me crazy! Plus, the dry weather dries my buttercream so quickly that I don't have much time to work with it.


Any advice would be appreciated.

13 replies
Kiddiekakes Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:14pm
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Try a different icing recipe..I use WBH which is a soft whipped bakery icing that does not crust.Much easier to smooth...

tiawanna02 Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:23pm
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practice make perfect icon_biggrin.gif

Kitagrl Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:31pm
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Try using a bench scraper or putty knife, 6" across....make sure you use even pressure as you drag it across the top of your cake. Works good!

Babarooskie Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:41pm
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If it's in the center, are you putting a little too much filling between layers?

visionsofprisms Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 7:46pm
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Have you tried to use a cake Icer tip? I use mine all the time. Since you have issues with it being higher in the middle, when you use the tip put more frosting on the outside.

playingwithsugar Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 8:01pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by visionsofprisms

Have you tried to use a cake Icer tip? I use mine all the time. Since you have issues with it being higher in the middle, when you use the tip put more frosting on the outside.




Better yet use the icing tip to frost the entire top, one row after another, and you will have an even layer of frosting all the way across.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

jillmakescakes Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 10:31pm
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try sitting eye level with the top of your cake when scraping the icing off the top- that usually does it for me!

costumeczar Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 10:35pm
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Take a long plastic ruler and drag it across the top of the cake to level off the entire top in one swipe icon_smile.gif

LisaPeps Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 11:20pm
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I'm pretty sure Leah_s uses a laser level from hardware stores to project a line across the top so she can see where it isn't level.

If you have an Agbay, I saw a thread on here where the OP used the non-cutting edge to mark a level line round the icing.

When you torte the cake do you mark where the layers should line up when put back together?

leah_s Posted 10 Dec 2010 , 11:22pm
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Yep, laser level gal here.

Rosie2 Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 12:03am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

Yep, laser level gal here.


Where do you get a laser level? hardware store?

LisaPeps Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 12:08am
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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=laser+level&x=0&y=0

Just a few as an example, I don't know which brand would work best though.

leah_s Posted 11 Dec 2010 , 3:03am
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Yep, hardware store. I think I paid $9.

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