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I HATE the Wilton Leveler

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Ahhhhhh! Does anyone else have trouble with the large Wilton leveler????? I just leveled two 10" cakes - one is just fine and the other is not level at all. Well, if this cake was a topsy turvy it would be just perfect. I am so frustrated!!!!!! Now I have to rebake the 10" cake and it sets me completely behind schedule. It may be time for me to break down and buy the agbay but I'm in agbay denial. (Definition of agbay denial - knowing it may be a superior product but refusing to believe the hype because it is beyond expensive so I'll just keep up the Wilton insanity and make gazillions of cake balls with my ruined cakes.) ha! Is there any alternative to the agbay leveler? And where is my Sugarshack Back to Basics video?????? I need my Sugarshack right now!
post #2 of 166
I bought mine from Michaels - not sure if it was made by Wilton or not, but I have experienced the same frustrations. Hope that you dont ruin too many cakes.
post #3 of 166
I have the same issue, I end up trimming it with a knife until it is level. The Agbay is so expensive, I cant touch it right now.
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The Wilton Large leveler is really not a great product. The blade has too much flex and tends to follow the path of least resistance making for very uneven cuts. I love the small leveler for cakes 10" and less. For trimming larger cakes i now use the top of the pan as a trimming guide. I put cake boards inside the pan to raise the cake, place the cake in and the resting my knife on the edges of the pan cut the top of the cake off. If my knife is shorter than the distance accross the pan - I cut in from all edges as far as i can with the knife still resting on the pan edges and then finish off the center freehand. I would love the Agbay too but haven't saved enough pennies for it just yet. icon_smile.gif

****I learned this very fabulous technique from our lovely cake and business guru Indydebi - here on cake central. Thank you Indydebi for all your great advice!
post #5 of 166
I get frustrated each time I go to level and try very hard not to show my temper, but it is hard. I believe that I will write a letter to Santa for the agbay. Nice to know that I am not alone in my aggravations.
post #6 of 166
someone on CC had an adaption to make it work better but you'll have to do a search for the previous thread.
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post #7 of 166
I would like an Agbay but can't afford one I did have enough for the Fat daddio's one that someone talked about on here. It is pretty nice. I haven't had any trouble with it. It is not super easy to adjust but not hard either and I think it is a lot more reliable than the wilton wire thing.
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post #8 of 166
Gosh, Cake-Angel I thought that was my tip, but if Indy posted it first, I bow to her.
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post #9 of 166
I bought a small Wilton leveler over 5 years ago and never even took it out of the cardboard package. It realized a large bread knife worked fine and the thin blade on the leveler did not impress me. I just use a long knife for all my cakes - If it's a bit unlevel - then I just pile a little extra icing or filling on the cake to make it levelicon_smile.gif
post #10 of 166
I just broke down and ordered the agbay (thanks to my in-laws). The last cake I used the Wilton levelers on were a mess. I could have chewed a straighter line!!! So with 2 cakes due next week, I'm hoping if the leveling goes well, it will continue through out the process of the whole cake. I'm just a hobby baker but my stress level it worth something too. I listened to Leah_s about SPS and she steered me in the right direction there so I'm sure she is right on this also.

By the way, Maureen from Agbay said hello. She hasn't been on CC for awhile because she is keeping her 3 grandbabies for the summer.
post #11 of 166
Gosh, am2pm, no pressure, huh?

Yeah, the Agbay is fabulous. Sometimes the simplest things make the most difference. You'll even feel like a pro1
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post #12 of 166
Oh i am so glad I'm not the only one that is having problems with this leveler. I seriously thought maybe i was doing something wrong every time I use it. I purchased the one that folds in half about 2 months ago and for the life of me could not get the thing to torte straight.
I just emailed Wilton directly and told them of the problems and disappointment I am having with this leveler and am anxious to see how they reply back.
I would love the Agbay one too and as soon as I strike oil (jk) I'm going to get one.

missmikey - HOw is the Fat Daddio one??
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I too am wondering how well the Fat Daddio works.
post #14 of 166
wow i have never heard of the Agbay leveler before and after reading this thread i google it and it looks fabulous!!! what perfect cuts!! i have always just used a bread knife to cut my cakes. you have all said it cost alot but i could not belive when i saw the price!!!! $275 for a knife wow!!!
i hope that you enjoy your new toy am2pm, hey if you know any bakers that are close to you, you could rent it out (they would have to come see you at home {i would not let that thing out of sight} and charge $5 a use to help pay for it!! LOL
i know i would pay just to try it out once!!!
enjoy
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post #15 of 166
Since the agbay is not an option for me until I hit the lottery..LOL I am going to try the cake board trick on my cake tomorrow icon_surprised.gif) thanks for all the helpful tips everyone!
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