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post #16 of 46
Oh my! I have to have one of those! How much do you think they run?
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post #17 of 46
They are $150 plus $15 shipping. I have one and love it!!!

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post #18 of 46
I noticed the blade on the Wilton leveler has some give-n-play in it. If you watch it, the blade will angle up or down just slightly ..... but enough to make a 1/4 to 1/2 inch difference when cutting.

As I'm cutting, I'm keeping and eye on that blade to make sure it holds steady. Cutting slow helps, too.

I'd like to have the $150 one, but there are too many things ahead of it on my wish list.
post #19 of 46
Hmmmm??? Thats interesting.And I always tought that my cake leveler is the best thing that ever happend to me.I could never get my cakes to be leveled no matter how hard I tried.But the day I got that leveler it was like a heaven on earth.I just love the thing,I never had any problems with it.I really don't know what to think of it.Maybe if you really,really slow you would get better results.Interesting!!!
post #20 of 46
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Originally Posted by Lejla

Hmmmm??? Thats interesting.And I always tought that my cake leveler is the best thing that ever happend to me.I could never get my cakes to be leveled no matter how hard I tried.But the day I got that leveler it was like a heaven on earth.I just love the thing,I never had any problems with it.I really don't know what to think of it.Maybe if you really,really slow you would get better results.Interesting!!!



Oh don't get me wrong! I'd cut off my left arm rather than give up the leveler! You just have to watch it once in a while! thumbs_up.gif
post #21 of 46
I've had my Wilton leveler since they first came out and haven't ever had issues. When I teach how to use one I tell students to make sure your cutting surface is level, you have the sides of the level fixed to the same height and you "saw" slowly, with short, even strokes. Also, when storing it make sure the blade isn't free of anything that would bend it as there is give to it.

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post #22 of 46
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Originally Posted by srodge1

I have the large Wilton leveler and have experienced your same problem. icon_mad.gif My cake would not end up being level. icon_cry.gif Through trial and error, this is what I've learned. icon_biggrin.gif

When you start leveling your cake, only level about 1" on the first side. Rotate your cake 1/4 turn and level about 1" on that side. Again, rotate your cake 1/4 turn and repeat this process until you've done all 4 sides.

When you get back to your starting point, repeat the process . . . only cutting in about 1"-2" at a time. As your 'cut points' get closer together, the blade will 'fall' into the previously cut tracks.

Hope all this makes sense . . . it works pretty well for me. Good luck!! thumbs_up.gif



OK. So I decided to give it one more try before I take it back. I used this technique (sort of). I went into the cake just far enough for the blade to disappear and rotated the cake as I sawed just the outer perimeter. Then once I had "scored" it I sawed through the cake and was able to keep an eye on where the blade should be. This way, I was able to adjust the "pitch" to keep it on track with the score marks! Perfectly level! I guess I'll keep it after all! Thank you so much for this tip! icon_biggrin.gif
post #23 of 46
I thought it was just me...my leveler does the same thing! I just go slow and watch it carefully, but it will cut downward and very unlevel if I'm not really careful. I only use it when I'm in the mood to fuss with it. bleh Love my wire one, though it's too small for bigger cakes.

I'm going to try the "scoring" idea and see if that helps. Good tip!

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post #24 of 46
I used it once and had a horrible time getting my cake level as well. I will try srodge1's advice and give it another shot too! Thank you!
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post #25 of 46
This is funny as I just bought my leveler used it on 4 cakes yesterday and didn't have any problems and then I stumble upon this thread while looking for a thread for my cake scraps other than cake balls. It's good to know that if I ever get tired of my Wilton one there is another kind that out there.
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Anybody with artistic ability can make a cake look beautiful, but it takes someone with the heart and soul of a "true baker" to get in the kitchen, bake from scratch, and make that cake taste good.
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post #26 of 46
somehow my leveler got tweaked....improperly storing it? Maybe it was the many moves I've made and the number of times it has been packed. It's a booger trying to keep it straight. I do as the other poster mentioned and rotate and cut to ensure levelness. No matter how many times I bend it to where I think it looks straight it ends up having a mind of it's own.
post #27 of 46
Okay, I have a question: The two biggest cakes I have coming up which need to be torted are a 14 inch round and a 12 x 18. I (thankfully) don't own the big leveler, but don't want to spend $$$ on the spiffy one, how would y'all suggest I cut those cakes evenly? Any tricks?
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post #28 of 46
Thread Starter 
bobwonderbuns,
Try using this technique:

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Originally Posted by mikko

I heard that leveler was bad also so I never bought it (so glad)
I use toothpicks to make sure that i get everything level with a knife.
Just use a ruler & stick toothpicks around the sides & when you cut try to stay just above the pick, or take it out as you go along.
A sheetpan wont fit in my oven so i haven't tried it with that yet, but if you use a long knife i don't see why not.

Hope i explained that right icon_confused.gif
post #29 of 46
Wow! I thought I was the only one! I hate using it myself. I always try to convince my customers to round cakes instead of sheet cakes.

When I get some extra dough i'm going to get one of those! Did you all see that 11 layer cake?!?
post #30 of 46
I've heard so many CC's say they didn't like the large leveler....but I absolutely love mine...however, I only use it on sheet cakes. It did not work well on my rounds. I love, love, love the smaller wire one also. So far, both have held up well, but if the large one bends or I have trouble, I will probably buy another.
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