I am about to buy an agbay cake leveling tool, so my question is, is it worth the $100 extra to get the double blade instead of the single blade? Pros? Cons? Need advice please! Thanks!!!
I bought the single blade one and I'm really happy with it. It is not difficult to move the blade to a different height and it only takes a couple of seconds, I wont bother upgrading. I guess it depends on how many cakes you actually make. See I only make 2 ish a month, so having to move the single blade is not an issue. But say your making 20 or 30 a month, the time adds up.
I bought the double but for some reason I usually only use the single blade.
I bought the single blade... you can always "upgrade" later by getting the second blade.
I have the singe and it works fine. I agree with the other comment about it all depends on what your volume of work is too.
It really only takes seconds to adjust the blade. I used mine last night and kept telling my family how much I LOVED this cake tool. It is worth every penny I spent on it.
I have both. I do torte and level every cake and I bake a lot, so the double was what I needed. I just got a single for cutting off the top icing of the cake after it's finish coated. Now that the single is upgradeable, you can always start with that and add on as your needs change.
The newer models are a little lighter, I think and the new blade guards are a big improvement.
Best. Cake. Tool. Ever.
I don't have the single, so I can't compare the two. But I am only a hobbyist, and only do a few cakes a month, if I'm lucky. Still, the double blade has been soooooo wonderful, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. My cake life before the Agbay was ridiculously cumbersome, and the double blade has reduced my leveling and torting time on a four-tier cake to five minutes. Fabulous!
im just a hobbyist and have the single blade model (before the upgradable one) its not a problem to change the blade height and as was stated before it really depends on how many cakes you are doing whether or not you would need the double blade model
I just bought the single blade last week and after doing two cakes, I have already written them to request the second blade! If you want to level and torte at the same time, double is the way to go, I'm thinking...because with the single, I had to adjust it once to level and a second time to torte....if I had two blades, I could just set them for how deep I want my torted layers and then just run each layer through real fast and be done.
I just got a single for cutting off the top icing of the cake after it's finish coated.
I have read this before and am curious to how this is done. Can you please give me more details? I assume you let the cake crust and then use the agbay but how do you get the layer of icing off the cake without messing up the cake below it?
I don't use a crusting icing, so I mostly get a good imprint, although the Agbay blade takes off a chunk of the icing.
The cake underneath never gets messed up, because I never get anywhere near it. I'm only working with the icing on the top of the cake.
I have the single blade and agree with everyone else who has posted saying it takes a few seconds to adjust the height of the blade to do the rest... such a FANTASTIC investment. Happy agbaying
Thank you all so very much!!! I truly appreciate all the comments and advice . I guess I will start with the single blade and upgrade as needed. Thanks again!!!
I just torted red and white layers for a flag cake and I used the single blade, set to 1/2". It is easy to change the height! And I just don't want to mess with my double blade, because it's set perfectly for wedding cakes.
In Agbay love all over again!
I have the double blade and I love it. Since I torte all my cakes, I didn't see the point in doing twice as much work by buying and adjusting a single blade.
I am on the verge of buying an Agbay myself- I made a cake which was so great EXCEPT it was not level- that is all I saw
[quote="OhMyGanache"]I have the double blade and I love it. Since I torte all my cakes, I didn't see the point in doing twice as much work by buying and adjusting a single blade.[/quote]
All you really have to do it cut thru the cake twice - no adjustments at all.
Set height on Agbay that you want you want your layer to be.
Set cake on counter, make cut.
Lift off top part of cake, set on counter, make cut.
Although I lurve my two blade Agbay that levels and tortes in one cut.
Well Leah- I'm sold-- you should def go into sales! I won't bo a cake withour SPS- ever! I have stocked up on every size and every size column as well- and now I am Agbay bound! (ha)
I just needed a tiny push really- that unlevel adorable cake I made is still driving me crazy--
I'll post pics of my cakes as soon as I figure out how- I signed up for photobucket sooo---- heck I'll just get my son to do it for me- thses kids can do anything on a computer
Happy caking everyone
i'm a hobby baker and i'd saved up to get the single one and when I went to order my dh surprised me with the difference to order the double bladed one.
After struggling with the wilton single blade small and the ridiculous large one and attempting to use a serrated knife to cut evenly, the agby is wonderful!!! i've only used it on a few cakes and dh has had his turn as well it's well worth the expense. so easy to use, as leah said, one swipe and it's level and torted...
I think I am going to sit in the floor and pitch a tantrum until my husband buys me one! Lol! I really have wanted one for a while, I think I will get the double blade when I order one.
I think I am going to sit in the floor and pitch a tantrum until my husband buys me one!
how do you think i got mine? lol jk! it truly is the best cake tool ever, i have the single blade but i def still want to get the extra blade soon
The double blade is my favorite tool in my arsenal, love that thing!
I just happened to "luck up" and found the single blade one on ebay for $40. i love it. and I pratically stole it at that price!!! I really dont feel the need for the double blade. But be careful....you can cut your hand off with that thing....its super sharp!
I gave up on the Wilton leveler a long time ago and I just resort to baking multiple thin layers - washing the pans between each. I've been telling hubby about the Agaby and he finally started listening this past month and even sat down to watch the video. He's agrees it would be nice to have and a time saver, but he's still on the fence since he just bought "me" (while he says it's for me, I've only played with it once while he's taken 100's of pics!) the new Nikon. I'm hoping to push him over the edge soon! I'm hoping for the double, but would be very happy with the single.
For me it is so hard to justify the expense because I am just a hobby baker and have only made 4 cakes (one was a cake disaster- overheated in the car) so... how do I justify it to myself... but I have to tell you- my polka dot cake was so cute- really agreat cake EXCEPT for the uneven top- and that is all I saw-- all that work and expense and I can't get past the crooked part-
Another problem- where do I store that thing- I am in a maze of bins and boxes as it is- ha!!! Shooty- I know I want it- I know I'll use it- what am I waiting for????
I really want it!!! and of course so many other things but that for sure-- I'm also looking for that metal ribbon cutter that I have seen TV decorators use- I can't seem to get the Wilton one to work for me- any ideas on that item?
So sorry to the OP'ster- didnt mean to hijack your thread!
Christy, that's not how you get it........
Are you saying, after you have smoothed your cake, you use the Agbay to remove frosting/icing? I am assuming that is because after your cake are leveled and then you frost them, they may not be level again. That isn't messy and just make it harder to smooth the top again?
Maybe I am completely misunderstanding this. If so, please help. :)
AIs the agbay easy to clean? Get all the icing/grease off? Can it go in the dishwasher?
MaurorLess67: hard to justify buying an agbay cake slicer.......well....I don't smoke, and I don't chew, and I don't party with them that do. Don't do my nails, don't curl my hair, I wear cheap clothes, and I just don't care. With all that cash$$ that I still ain't spent, goinna buy an Agbay and skip the rent.
I just wipe it off--VERY CAREFULLY--with a damp paper towel. It comes with a small tool that helps to get off a lot of stuff before I do that. I can't be bothered with disassembling & reassembling it.