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post #91 of 166
I had the smaller Wilton leveller which didnt cut anything! I then recently got the Large Wilton one thinking from the description that it would be better and it completely ruined the cake i was working. Luckily, i called the company i bought it from and they agreed to take it back, just that i lost the money i used to post it back to them. Complete waste of time and money. I then went and got a very very sharp and long knife from ASDA and it works well!!!
post #92 of 166
I have the small Wilton leveler, I have used it a few times successfully but I am a hobby baker and haven't had many overly complicated cakes, and none that I have actually sold yet. I just like to bake for friends and family.

I have been considering purchasing the larger leveler from Wilton but I think I'll pass now.
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post #93 of 166
Definitely pass on it! I've used it but once bc the results were so dismal & although I usually like to persevere with stuff until I get the hang of it, I knew straight away that this was rubbish & not worth my time or money.
post #94 of 166
After fighting with the Wilton leveler and deciding not to invest in an Agbay, I went online to Amazon.com and purchased a cake knife with a 16" serrated blade. Can't remember what it actually cost, but I remember thinking it was a bargain. In any case, it works great for splitting cakes. I put four toothpicks around the vertical side of the cake. Then start cutting at just above one of them and through to the middle, staying above the next two toothpicks and then rotate the knife in the cake to cut through the other half... again staying just above the toothpick on the opposite side of the cake. I would be lost without my ugly 16" knife. Fortunately, it fits in my knife drawer, along side my knife rack.
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post #95 of 166
WOW! This is funny, I was just using one I don`t care for it my self, But you know what. (It`s not bad if you go slow) beats me using a knife
post #96 of 166
I honestly do not like the large Wilton leveler either and had plans to get the Agbay for Christmas, but other things came up. Now, I will say this - I have learned how to manage my Wilton leveler a little better. It isnt always a happy ending, but I have just about got that puppy in line. Seems like square cakes cut fine, however the round ones never do. What I do now is I start on a side of the round, go about a 1/4 of the way in, and then turn the cake, and start the process again. I do this all the way around and then cut through the entire cake at the end. This is working better for me for now. I will still purchase the Agbay because I will be able to cut in smaller sections if ever needed. Maybe this will work for some of you until you can get the Agbay or decide to do differently.

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post #97 of 166
I have always used a knife and made up the difference with frosting (heehee) for bigger cakes, but I do plan to eventually enter the minor leagues on my way to the majors, so I should probably get a ginormous knife or start saving up for an Agbay if I ever need one.
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post #98 of 166
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Originally Posted by Tclanton

I have learned how to manage my Wilton leveler a little better.

Ditto!!! and yeah, I position the leveler and start moving in a zig-zag motion and turning the (round) cake around at the same time. Do this very slowly and it works. With square cakes I do corners first.
This method works, but like you said, is not perfect and I still hope to buy an Agbay some day. icon_smile.gif
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post #99 of 166
After saving up for it, I purchased an Agbay icon_lol.gif Once it arrived, I felt a huge sense of relief to toss all of my Wilton levelers into the trash!! I don't regret buying the Agbay one bit!!
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post #100 of 166
[quote="tigachu"]After saving up for it, I purchased an Agbay icon_lol.gif Once it arrived, I felt a huge sense of relief to toss all of my Wilton levelers into the trash!! I don't regret buying the Agbay one bit!![/quote]

The Agbay is probably the best cake tool ever invented, although Magic Line pans are right up there also! I resisted buying it for quite a while, but finally listened o everyone raving about it and plunked down my money.

Best. Investment. Ever!!
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post #101 of 166
I HATE THE WILTON CAKE LEVELER TOO!!! i just ruined a 10 inch and a 16 inch cake with it!!!!!! i dont even know what im going to do i have no ingredients left!! icon_cry.gificon_mad.gificon_sad.gif
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post #102 of 166
I just purchased my Agbay, LOVE IT! DH says "Why don't you sell that other one you have" (Wilton) My response- " I couldn't even give that piece of .... away" My Agbay was the best cake investment/purchase I have ever made!
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post #103 of 166
I have the super cheapo Wilton leveler and have no problems with it. I did rip the little feet off it but its fine
post #104 of 166
I got my Agbay 2 weeks ago, right as I was baking a 1, 2 tier and a 3 tier. It came in 2 days! I was expecting it to adjust a little more easily, but it cuts really well. I plant to pretty much "set it and forget it" because I like my cakes to be pretty uniform, so it isn't a problem, but it should be upgraded eventually.

I still LOVE LOVE LOVE it, especially next to the Wilton one. I have a big 4 tier this week, so I will let you know how it does on a 14 and 16 inch.

BTW, I leveled and toted a 5", 6", 7", 8", 9" and 10" all at the same time, lol. I just clustered them together and shimmied it through them all! It was a moment where I wanted to smoke after, and I quit smoking 4 years ago! (again). (The 3 tier was a 5,7,&9, and the 2 tier was 6, and 8, and the 10 was single)
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post #105 of 166
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Originally Posted by cake-angel

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.




What a great idea! I use the Wilton wire leveler and found that if torte while the cake is frozen, it works better, but still not the greatest.
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