At the weekend I overcame one of my big cake fears, using a cake leveller. Not the most dramatic of revelations I admit but when you have had many wonky cakes over the years, a piece of kit that can do it easily, quicker and with a lot less hammering of the heart and holding of breath gets my vote.
So why haven’t I used one before I hear you ask? Well, plain and simple – I didn’t know how! It looks a bit like a bandsaw but the ‘blade’ is actually a bit of wire and not terribly sharp, so how does it actually work?
Well, here is a few tips for any of you cake amateurs like me
- Keep the feet of it on the work surface you are leaning on and if one rubber foot wears away, remove the other to keep level
- start at the corner of the cake or if its a circular cake make a small cut with a very sharp knife to get started
- then just move it back and forth – a bit like a bandsaw in fact – don’t be shy, give it wellie!
So, I’m off to try my brand spanking new cake leveller to level both a square and a circular cake and I will keep you posted on its virgin flight.