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Cake Leveling???Am I the only one who does this?

post #1 of 121
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I have only been decorating for a couple of months and during my course I class, I bought the leveler and leveled the cake... I HATE USING A LEVELER. I tore the cake up and etc.... I was online ( I dont remember where) and ran across an article about baking. The cake decorator said that she never took the crown off a cake, that she used a dishtowel while the cak was still warm and just pushed the cake down level.. I tried it and on my first time it worked perfectly.. It (in my novice opinion) makes the cake more dense also. I have done it on all my cakes and they are all really tall and very straight and even. I have done it on all the cakes in my photos, both sheet and round... I hope it works for someone else who hates the leveler.....Anyone else use this little trick?
As for me and my house.... we will serve the Lord. ~Tonja
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post #2 of 121
I have not done this, but maybe i will try it.
if it worked for you, I'm sure i will work for anywbody..Also this would prevent being wasteful..thanks for the idea.. icon_smile.gif
post #3 of 121
Yes, i do this too!! I was told this little secret by a long time decorator and it works perfectly everytime....
post #4 of 121
yes, I do it as well! It works great!
post #5 of 121
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It has saved me much frustration...
As for me and my house.... we will serve the Lord. ~Tonja
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As for me and my house.... we will serve the Lord. ~Tonja
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post #6 of 121
Thanks for sharing. I am going to try this. Everytime I try to level, it comes out uneven.
post #7 of 121
I JUST tried it with the cake I pulled out of the oven. It worked PERFECTLY!!!
I will be doing this everytime from now on.

Thanks Tonja!!!
post #8 of 121
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Yeah!! I am glad I could help... Isn't it sooo much easier? Glad it helped you Vanaya!!!
As for me and my house.... we will serve the Lord. ~Tonja
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post #9 of 121
I do it all the time!! I use wax paper and a smaller pan to push the tops down, although since I found out about the flower nail trick, I haven't had to do it to the larger cakes. I use my leveler to tort, not to level off tops.
post #10 of 121
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Torting is my next project. I am really not sure about what to do, but I am looking into some fillings.. Thanks
As for me and my house.... we will serve the Lord. ~Tonja
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post #11 of 121
i do what Rezzi does only with parchment. Tell me though do you still use the strips? I hate those things!!
post #12 of 121
I have tried the push down method and didn't care for the results(increased denisty in the cake). I always use the leveler but I wait until usually the day after I have baked the cake to level. For me it just took practice to figure out how to get the right spin on the cake to keep it from tearing. This is the same for torting as well.

If you are going to start torting, use a stiff dam of icing piped just inside the inner lip of the layer, place your filling no higher than the dam and once the cake is reassembled let it set at least an hour or so that way you'll be able to tell if you have any places that are going to leak. Good luck and enjoy all the wonderful possibilities filling adds to your cake making! icon_biggrin.gif
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Cake's a powerful food. Cake can actually bring people together. You know... "It's Bill's birthday" "Yeah, I hate that guy." "There's cake in the conference room." "Well, I should say hello."-Jim Gaffigan
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post #13 of 121
Found this hint on this website a while back and it really works great!!! thumbs_up.gif
Elizabeth
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post #14 of 121
I've never used the strips.
post #15 of 121
Have you guys who don't squish yer cakes tried leveling it while it was still in the pan??
You would use a large serrated knife and use the top of the pan as your guide. I like the squishee method myself though.
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