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post #16 of 166
I have never had trouble with the Wilton leveler, so I am sorry to hear when people do. icon_sad.gif but I also LOVE the Leah_s/Indydebi idea of stacking the cake on cardboards to raise them up.

Leah, I also have to tell you that my first SPS came today. I ordered it for a wedding cake I'm doing at the end of the month. I'm so excited! I've read and re-read your instructions, so...here goes! icon_biggrin.gif
post #17 of 166
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Originally Posted by leah_s

Gosh, Cake-Angel I thought that was my tip, but if Indy posted it first, I bow to her.



Sorry leahs - the first I had read of it was a post from indydebi but it is entirely possible you posted first. It is so hard to know who had which idea first but at any rate it is a great one and thank you! icon_biggrin.gif
post #18 of 166
BRATTYR, I didn't get the 2 bladed one, just the single one so it was less $$$. Still alot, I know but since my in-laws gave me a nice birthday check this year, I treated myself. I also told my DH that if I die before him to put it on E-bay and make some money off it LOL!

I never thought about renting it out. What a hoot. I'll tell my DH that it is going to pay for itself in no time at all. He just raises his brows when he sees some of my on-line purchases and bills.

Leah_s no pressure at all. I trust your judgement. It is my skills I have doubts about!!
post #19 of 166
The Agbay Leveler is the way to go. Yes, it's expensive but it's WORTH IT! I bought the double blade one a few years ago and wouldn't trade it for the world. I didn't even bother to pass the Wilton one on to someone else. Just didn't want to be the source for someone else's aggravation.

Save your money ladies and gentlemen, it's worth every penny. Ask for cash for birthdays and other events, take a percentage from each cake you sell, dump your spare change and put it all into a "Magic Money Jar" You'd be suprised how quickly it adds up. I keep my jar out of sight and only reach for it to put money in, I never actually look at it. Last year I started in January for the trip to St. Charles, IL for the ICES Convention. By the time we got ready to leave home at the end of July, I had almost $500 in that jar!
post #20 of 166
That's a great idea. Take $2 -$5 from each cake you sell, and the change from the bottom of your purse every couple of days. It will add up. And I swear, the Agbay is totally worth the cost.
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post #21 of 166
Whoever came up with the cardboard inside the cake pan leveling idea that is BRILLANT - gosh wish I had known that like 20 years ago!!! Thanks so much for the idea. Now I hope I remeber to try this next time I make a cake....
post #22 of 166
Oh Agbay...how I want you. I HATE my Wilton leveller...and after my last cake and the subsequent throwing of said leveller across the room...I'll just have to use Leah's advice until I can save up enough. icon_cry.gif
post #23 of 166
My BF told me yesterday that as soon as he can, he is going to buy me the Agbay - YIPPPPPPEEEEE!!!
post #24 of 166
My Agbay came in the mail 3 days ago. I used it for the first time yesterday on a 10" Irish Creme Cake - perfect cuts!

I went ahead and purchased the deluxe version with the 2 blades. I really like this feature because I set the blades in position once and never have to change it. It tortes and skims the top off for me at the same time.

Now I can finally use SPS on my cakes because they are all the same height.
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post #25 of 166
Yep, Leah is right - save up for the Agbay. You will never be sorry you did. Takes away all of that irritation and frutration trying to get a level cake or when you are trying to torte. I saved up for mine and it was the best money I ever spent and I am just a hobby baker. But when my hobby became so irritating that it was no fun any more because of the leveling and torting I knew I had to get the Agbay.

Oh - I also bought the Wilton large and small levelers and both of those were in the trash the day my Agbay arrived.
post #26 of 166
I'm a Wilton hater too. I tried to level a cake with it & it wouldn't even cut through it (doesn't say a lot for my cake does it lol)
I've tried to be patient & still no good. Thought it was just me. Glad I'm not alone.

I've heard so much about the agbay on here, but I don't think there's a stockist in the UK. Even if they shipped here the charges + customs would be way too much.
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post #27 of 166
I am only a hobby baker, and I used the small Wilton leveler with the wire and it worked well enough for me. But I recently saw the cardboard trick (I saw leah's post icon_smile.gif ) and it worked so well! I have stacked cake boards, taped together and covered in press-n-seal at the exact height for each of my pans. It works perfectly, every time - even with a dull knife. As a hobby decorator I would never need (or want to spend the $) for an Agbay, but I can see the benefit for a business owner to own one.
post #28 of 166
I am a hobby baker too that would like to do more in the future. The agbay is very expensive, but like I told my BF (he owns his own business), "would you be satisifed with a 10.00 saw when you knew that the 200.00 saw would save you time, aggravation, and stress"? He agreed!

I only wish the one that I have now would work, but it just doesnt at all. I spent almost 1/2 hr last night turning 2 8" rounds from side to side leveling. And then had to have the BF tell me where to place the cakes when stacking (high side vs low side).
post #29 of 166
Having the right tools makes all the difference in the world, but when cash flow is an issue you have to come up with a cheaper alternative. Thanks for the post (whomever posted it), this is a fabulous trick of the trade one would do well to remember.
post #30 of 166
I've only had fair results from the Wilton leveler (that is, it works better than my freehand attempts with a long bread knife), but unfortunately there is no Agbay in my future (they're not available here in Mexico as far as I know), so leah_s/indydebi/cake-angel, that tip is worth its weight in gold!
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