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post #46 of 81
Ditto! My leveler is also somewhere in a cabinet or under the sink. I use a serated knife instead. I should've saved my $3 for decorator tips.
post #47 of 81
I've heard nothing but good about those Agbay's...I was just complaining today about my leveler...I'm in the middle of doing a wedding cake a geez, I wanted to scream!
Maybe someday, the 'agbay' fairy will come and leave one under my pillow icon_biggrin.gif
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post #48 of 81
I don't use the Wilton cake leveler. When I practiced torting, I used mom's large serrated knife and didn't have any problems. When I start making larger size cakes, I think my aunt said she always used dental floss or and electric knife, so I'll give them a shot.
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post #49 of 81
Where can I find the Agbay? I have the small Wilton and it does pretty well, but I haven't had any dense cakes, just from box mixes. I agree with a pp that I start the edge with a knife at the wire level and that helps get everything going. As long as I go slow I do okay
post #50 of 81
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post #51 of 81
I tried leveling cakes by hand for 20 years ... bought the large leveler a couple of years ago and I am never turning back.

I trim any doming while the cake is still in the pan, using hte pan sides as a guide. After the cake is out of the pan and cooled, if I have to do any add'l trimming, I just make sure the feet are flat, use a short sawing motion, and I keep an eye on the blade to make sure it doesn't twist up or down.

If you're throwing yours away, send it to me. I'll happily take it off your hands.
post #52 of 81
I made a wedding cake last weekend and used my new, expensive Wilton cake leveler. What a piece of junk! It was ripping my cake and the feet kept falling off while cutting through the cake. If I still had my receipt, I would take it back to the store I bought it and get my money back. Luckily I was able to salvage the cake layers and get the darned cake to the wedding in time.
post #53 of 81
I also like the small leveler.

The large one I hate! I thought it was ME, and I wasn't "skilled" enough to use the large one.

I feel better that I am not the only one who hates it.

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post #54 of 81
I saw the video on the Agbay Deluxe.....oh so nice wanted to scream it was so cool! icon_smile.gif
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post #55 of 81
I've never had a problem with my small leveler. I use it slow and steady (wins the race right?!?). I don't have the large one but I imagine it's the same idea. Those Agbay ones sure are impressive but WHEW with prices from $150-$250 they are only in my cake dreams (for now at least!)
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post #56 of 81
I'm pretty new to all this but I am surprised to hear so many people have problems with their large Wilton levelers. I have both and I can't stand the small one. It always tears my cakes, but I have had nothing but good luck with the large one. No damaged cakes. I just make sure to clean off a large area, keep the feet flat on the surface and saw back and forth slowly. Maybe it's cuz my levelers in new and with time they wear out???
post #57 of 81
I have the lil one and it works ok. For bigger cakes my hubby came up with an awesome solution. He took two wooden dowels , notched each one 1" up and then tied fishing line in the notches. I stretch out the finhing line until it's straight and then saw through the cake, keeping the dowels flat on the table.

I take the unleveled cake and cut a 1" layer with my homemade leveler, then take the top off and cut another 1" layer from it. Perfectly torted and level cake, I cut another 2 layers from the next cake and then stack all 4 layers+filling.
post #58 of 81
I have both the small and large one and I have only had problems with the large one on the first cake I used it with. And it was my fault. I was just going way to fast and not doing the sawing motion. I did my first wedding cake this weekend and used the large leveler and had no problems with it.
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post #59 of 81
Once upon a time I had both of the Wilton levelers. Both are complete crap. Now I have the Agbay Deluxe. One pass and the cake is leveled and torted. Totally worth every penny. Once you own the Agbay, you will truly understand what pieces of crap the Wilton levelers really are.
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post #60 of 81
I have both the small and large Wilton levels. I hate the small one! It is literally crap!! The large one works pretty well for me. I'm looking forward to getting an Agbay in the future though. Until then, my big Wilton one will work!
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