DiddleMeSweet Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 5:30am

So I am in the process of making my 14 year olds birthday cake...I have the Wilton ultimate folding cake leveler. Yeah, it doesn't level squat. So now I'm leveling by knife.

I am extremely nervous when it comes to cost. So here it goes, has anyone used the Agbay cake leveler? There's the junior and the regular large size. Please any comments are very much welcome as it will ultimately influence me in purchasing it or not. If you use something else to level cakes please let me know. I only wish to become a better cake baker/ decorater. Thanks!

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scp1127 Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 5:49am

First, only you can decide the worth. I personally love it. I would have one even if I was a hobby baker. For the size, I prfer the large with the double blade.

But can you do this without an Agbay? Yes. All my life I used the toothpick/good bread knife method. It is essentially the exact same thing except you still will have to eyeball any small shaves on the top. But... a good bread knife the quality of the Agbay will set you back quite a bit too, about$100.00. The beauty of the Agbay is the quality of the cut.

Addictive_desserts Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 6:04am

Where do you buy it from?

DeniseNH Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 11:36am

I've always said, if the house was on fire and I could only take two cake decorating items, I would take my KitchenAid mixer and my AGBAY leveler. LOVE that thing. I don't have the double bladed one. I have the single blade with the extra blade I can put on in place of the main blade to cut styrofoam dummies with.

ibmoser Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 2:40pm

Cakes are my hobby - my passion. I do not sell anything, so there is no "justification" for my purchases. It took me three years to decide to buy an Agbay, but I have no regrets. I use it on every cake I bake. My creations are prettier and much more stable now. I did buy the full-size double blade but could certainly have made the single blade work, and I would recommend the larger one rather than the smaller version. Nothing else works like an Agbay. Think of it as an essential tool that you'll use constantly with every style and trend that comes along. It is really worth the investment.

saapena Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 3:34pm

I LOVE my Agbay!! I, too, am also a hobbyist and received mine as a birthday gift. One of my favorite gifts--next to my 7-quart mixer!

tiggy2 Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 3:51pm

I have the large double blade and the single blade Jr. and wouldn't trade ether of them for anything. I threw the wilton leveler in the trash a long time ago.

littlestruedel Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 3:57pm

I have the large single blade (and am considering buying the second blade!). I love love love it. The inside of my cake is now as pretty as the outside, it is so easy to use. I do about 1 cake a week and this is by far my favorite tool!

cms2 Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 5:00pm

I have the large single blade and I really do love it. I think you can achieve a perfectly level cake without it if you take the time to measure and mark and cut carefully, but this does make it soooo much easier. You will use it for each and every cake that you do so that alone makes it a worthwhile purchase, at least for me anyway.

srkmilklady Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 5:22pm

As a hobby baker I found it hard to spend the money, but I hated the Wilton one...never cut straight! icon_cry.gif I decided that because I don't do a lot of cakes and the ones I do are generally no larger than a 12" I would go for the Agbay junior. So my DH bought it for me for Christmas and I love, love, love it!! icon_biggrin.gif

If you do decide to buy an Agbay, be very aware of how sharp it is! I knew it was sharp and still managed to knick my fingers twice with it...I've learned my lesson! icon_redface.gif

But as DeniseNH said, If the house was on fire I'd be grabbing my kitchenaid and my agbay! icon_lol.gif

cheatize Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 6:16pm

Agbay all the way, baby! I've got the large double blade and I cut my finger nearly every time but I still love, love, love it!

I can't give my old Wilton one away. Seriously- I've tried several times.

lovinspoonfull Posted 10 Aug 2012 , 9:39pm

This is the one tool that I miss more than anything! As soon as I can justify purchasing one for myself, I will have it!

cheatize Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 5:56am

Cut corners on grocery shopping and put a little away each week or something similar. It is completely worth it.

You can view it online (check out the youtube videos by the company, too) but you have to call to order it. Great company and a great product!

cindynes Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 6:21am

I have had my eye on this machine for a long long time. It wasn't until my husband watched me struggle with that (should I say it?......Wilton leveler) that he felt so bad for me and surprised me with a large Agbay and wished me a "Happy Christmas in July". Now my Wilton leveler will be in our next yard sale (cheap) lol. I totally recommend you save to get one, it will save you so much aggravation. I especially love that you can level a cake after you have stacked and filled so you know it is now level no matter what!!! icon_wink.gif

cheatize Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 1:50pm

Cindynes: I got so aggravated that for a year I made my husband level my cakes. I knew that he wouldn't see the need for the purchase unless he experienced it himself. Man, that Wilton one would occasionally cut on a slant! and it never, ever worked well. Anyway, after about a year he got together with our adult kids and they all got me one for Christmas. Woo hoo!

In the meantime, at least it wasn't me struggling to level a cake.

JWinslow Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 2:21pm
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Originally Posted by DeniseNH

I've always said, if the house was on fire and I could only take two cake decorating items, I would take my KitchenAid mixer and my AGBAY leveler. LOVE that thing. I don't have the double bladed one. I have the single blade with the extra blade I can put on in place of the main blade to cut styrofoam dummies with.





Just how I feel. I spent years re-leveling cakes after using Wilton. My husband bought me the Agbay last year for my birthday. I think he was tired of the four letter words coming out of my mouth - LOL. Anyway, I love my Agbay. I will have to look into another blade for dummies.

Jeanne

JanDunlevy Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 2:50pm

I just bought one at ICES after seeing it demonstrated! I was sold. Can't wait to get it. Have struggled with every cake with my Wilton leveler or any other method.

CiNoRi Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 3:06pm

Definitely! I put off buying one for a long time... and finally got one last Christmas....WELL worth it. It actually has saved me time, and money....and kept me from cursing up a storm! icon_wink.gif

WeezyS Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 3:29pm

I just watched the video on the Agbay sight. This is something I am getting for sure.
But does anyone know where to get a cake lifter the size that she has? That looks great, I've never seen one that large.

JWinslow Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 3:52pm
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Originally Posted by WeezyS

I just watched the video on the Agbay sight. This is something I am getting for sure.
But does anyone know where to get a cake lifter the size that she has? That looks great, I've never seen one that large.




It's cookie sheet. I have a set. Got them 10 years ago in the grocery store. I would check Walmart or Target.

JWinslow Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 4:38pm

I believe the name is Airbake.

Addictive_desserts Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 10:11pm

Can you only buy the agbay on their website?

MartiW Posted 11 Aug 2012 , 11:01pm

I have the large one with only one blade. I'm a hobby baker. I too would grab it if the house was on fire. I use it with every cake I make. Don't know how I manged without it so long. Worth every penny. I love it in case you can't tell!

cindynes Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 2:08am

@ addictive deserts...yes. their website is the only place to buy it. Maureen is the person who helped me and she was great to communicate with. Easy to order, got to me fast even with a thank you note from Maureen. Great customer service!

HootersAlicia Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 2:38am

I hate spending money. I'm ridiculously cheap and I hate shopping. I often make my life more difficult just so I don't have to get something new. That being said, after a lot of research I showed my husband the agbay website and the short video they have and he made me buy it. One reason I gave in was because in all the reviews and all the CC threads I read I never heard a single bad review or someone say it wasn't worth the money they spent. I've never seen another product of any kind with that kind of unanimous praise.

DiddleMeSweet Posted 12 Aug 2012 , 4:26am

Wow! Thanks to all that responded!!!!!! I am getting one. Well the double blade large version, lol. If I'm going to spend that kind of money I'd rather get the big one with 2 blades.

To Addictive_Deserts here is the web address: http://www.agbayproducts.com/

Hope this helps! icon_wink.gificon_biggrin.gif

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