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How to Keep Layer Cakes Straight

Handmade TV and Sarah Breckenridge
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A lot of layer cake recipes call for splitting a cake horizontally and stacking these thinner layers with filling or extra frosting. But say you don’t cut the layers perfectly straight…one crooked cut times 4 layers, and you can end up with the leaning tower of Pisa once you put them back together.

But there’s a better way: You just stick a toothpick into the side of the cake near the top, and then another toothpick close to the bottom right underneath the first. Then position your knife horizontally between the two toothpicks and slice apart your layers. Even if you get a crooked cut, it’s no problem.

Spread on your filling, then set the top back on, but line up the toothpicks so they’re once again aligned vertically, and you’ve got a perfectly level cake, without a level cut.

Want to try it out? View our slideshow of Spectacular Layer Cake Recipes for inspiration.


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  • mmmiller | 05/30/2014

    This is a great tip! I'm going to use it tomorrow when I make a carrot cake

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