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post #16 of 42
Lately I've been doing the smashing thing too. I usually put a smoothe (non-textured) kitchen towel over the cakes immediately after they get out of the oven. Then place a flat cookie sheet (I have to say flat because a lot of mine are pretty banged up) on top of the towel. Then I weight it down with something like our tea kettle, a stack of glass bowls, whatever is handy and fairly heavy. I leave that on there for 10 min. Then then I take all the stuff off the top and turn the cake out onto a cooling rack as usual. It seems to work really well. I also use this method to flatten out my cup cakes for when I'm doing a cupcake cake.
post #17 of 42
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Thanx montana--- I think I have a lot of experimenting to do!
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post #18 of 42
I do the same thing as Traci - I just fill the pans a little more than normal, and then cut the excess off before I take them out of the pan. My boyfriend usually likes to eat the scraps. So it all works out. I have never heard of the smashing thing. I will have to test that one out. Good luck. I just takes practice.
post #19 of 42
I used to cut my cake sto level, but they never came out perfect, until i tried the smashing thing! Now they are perfect and no extra crumbs! I do the same thing as montanakate!
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post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by edcjenv

icon_confused.gif I bake my cakes, let them cool a minimum of 45 minutes (usually a lot longer ), level them (sometimes right away, sometimes after they've cooled) I usually make 2 layer rounds...and most of them wind up slanted...like i never leveled them???? It's very weird? Any ideas? I'm I missing something? icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif

TIA TIA!!!



My corners were sometimes not always very straight and I figured that the dam inside my layers was not far enough around the corners. I then started pipping my dams closer to the edge and it holds the cake perfectly in place and leveled...
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post #21 of 42
Hi -
I find that the blade on the Wilton leveler shifts if I don't hold it down with my thumbs. It doesn't shift levels, it just moves up and down because it is pliable. Try this - push down on the edges of the blade down with your thumbs when you are cutting the cake. That does the trick for me!
post #22 of 42
I also use the "smash" method (never really thought about it as that!). Immediately out of the oven, I put my large cooling rack on it and then put a cast iron frying pan on top of the cooling rack. I only have to leave it for about 2 minutes--perfectly level cake! It's the bomb and I've never gone back to "sawing" my cakes level.

Also--one thing that I learned on CC that was REALLY helpful was baking only at 325 and using a flower nail in the centers of my larger cakes. My 1/2 shee I barely have a crown on now that I use the flower nail.

Lisa
post #23 of 42
I've never heard of the smash trick. I am going to have to try it. I still have trouble layering my cakes, to the point that I add more frosting in the bottom to even it out some...kind of like a filling.

Lisa
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post #24 of 42
I use the bake-even strips and then place a large cutting board on my cake as soon as it comes out of the oven to level it too. The only thing I ever have to do is trim a bit off the side corners because for me, the cutting board/smash method gives the cake a little lip.

Good luck experimenting!
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post #25 of 42
I just let mine cool for about 20 min., put them on the cooling rack, let them finish cooling, wrap them, freeze them and then cut them while they're frozen. I don't have to worry about levelness. I've never had a problem with it with this method.

I've also filled my cake pans higher than should be (about 3/4 full) and cut off the excess after it's cooled for 20 min. I like that one too (mainly because you're not only garaunteed an even top, but a higher cake). Great for torting.
post #26 of 42
"Also--one thing that I learned on CC that was REALLY helpful was baking only at 325 and using a flower nail in the centers of my larger cakes. My 1/2 shee I barely have a crown on now that I use the flower nail."

Hi Lisa, you've mention about the flower nail on your cake. How do you use it?
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post #27 of 42
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Originally Posted by Mylene

"Hi Lisa, you've mention about the flower nail on your cake. How do you use it?



I just spray it all over with Baker's Secret (cake release) and then put it in the center of the pan--flat side down. Pour in my batter and bake. It acts as a heating core without destroying as much of the cake as a regular core does. Basically all that is showing on the actual cake is a little hole where the nail was.

HTH!!

Lisa
post #28 of 42
Using the flower nail was the best thing I've learned on CC. It's easy to do. You grease and flower it just as you do your pans. Before you pour your batter in the pan, place the nail in the center of your pan then pour your batter (carefully so the nail doesn't move.) When you are ready to take the cake out of the pan, gently flip the cake out (the nail will be on top now.) Then flip the cake back over onto your cooling rack. The nail usually falls right out.
post #29 of 42
I use my dinning table to level. Of course the fondation is not perfectly level in my dinning room. So I put a Level (the kind you get at home depot) on the table and put a towel under the leg of the table untill that little bubble is perfect. When you put your cake on the table to level it comes out perfect. You can set that level right on your cake after you cut to make sure it is level.
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post #30 of 42
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Okay...I am a rookie so I've got to ask...I think I know part of my problem...I don't think I'm using enough batter...my cakes don't rise to the top of the pan (I use a 2" deep round) So I don't think laying something on top would do anything. Jscakes---I'm with you...I tried smashing last night and it looked like a crooked pan cake!! icon_sad.gif LOL!
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