So you’ve baked your cake, I’ll assume it’s my simple vanilla cake recipe that you used.
Now you need to decorate the cake but you’re absolutely terrified that the cake will be bend because you’ve never decorated a cake before; or maybe you have and it just didn’t go well.
I’m here to share a few tips on how to level a cake so you get a nice and even structure once you‘ve built your cake.
Are you ready? Let’s get into it!
First things first.
Make sure your cake has completely cooled. You do not want to do this on a warm cake.
If you have one, please make use of your lazy Susan or turn table. This will make you job much easier. If you don’t, don’t worry, you’ll need a little more patience and precision but it is not an impossible task.
The next thing you’ll need is a serrated knife, not a smooth knife, it will not get the job done.
Now we can level our cake.
Start with your serrated knife at the edge of the cake dome, not the side of the cake. This way you are wasting as little cake as possible in the leveling process and your cake will stand taller, and lets be honest, who doesn’t want more cake and less cuttings? Literally only my siblings cause they live for the cuttings lol
Your blade should be completely parallel with the countertop/turn table. Then slice about one inch into the cake dome. Remove the blade and turn the cake a quarter turn until you have sliced all the way around the cake. Continue to do this going deeper each time you go around the cake until you’ve completely lifted the cake dome.
Check to make sure your cake is even and if not, take it as little cake as possible until you get to where you’d like.
Repeat with as many layers as you’ve got until you’re done.
Now you can build your cake!
For a visual aid, watch the video I made on leveling a cake here.