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The Best Cake Levellers: Getting your cake even with cake levelling gadgets

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The Best Cake Levellers: Getting your cake even with cake levelling gadgets

best cake leveller to buy

Wilton Small Cake Leveler

Wilton make the sturdiest cake levellers for light to medium sponges

Buy on Amazon – £9.34

Prices correct at time of Publishing

As the baking revolution takes over Great Britain, more people are trying their hand at cake making at home. And we all know that cakes come out in all different shapes and sizes. One thing is certain though, no cake comes out of the oven with a delightfully flat top. And that’s fine. We appreciate that a cake will have a puffed up centre, leaving it with a rustic, and not unappealing dome shaped top. But as home bakers flex their creative muscles and attempt to create cakes that can challenge the professionals, we thought we would take a look at the different ways the pros get their cakes level

Why level a cake?

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2PCS DIY Cake Slicer

Use a bread cutter with your own serrated knife to get even layers

Buy on Amazon – £8.49

Prices correct at time of Publishing

As I mentioned before, cakes come out of the oven domed. However, some people may want to ensure that their cake has a lovely neat, level top. And they can do this by levelling their cake. Levelling is essentially the act of cutting the top off, in order to leave a neat and flat edge.

But why would you want to level your cake? Well, there are a few main reasons why people do it. For starters, if you are stacking cakes on top of each other then flat edges make the entire structure more sound. If you’re stacking dome topped cakes on top of each other, then they are bound to be a bit wobbly, whereas nice flat cakes will stack with ease.

Also, if you are wanting to create a cake that you will decorate with icing and other bits and pieces, it looks much neater, if your icing is smoothly spread over a flat surface. It’s how the professionals do it, and if you want to make a cake that looks professionally done, then you should consider levelling too. It is essential if you are using a fondant, that you make sure your cake is very flat and smooth. Any lumps and bumps on your cake can lead to a messy finish once it’s are covered in fondant.

Use a serrated knife to  level your cake…

If you decide that a serrated knife is the best way to go then that is perfectly OK. Many professional bakers use a steady hand and a good eye to achieve a level cake, but it’s not easy and does require some practice.

If you are going to use a knife, then the best way to level your cake would be to place it on a cake stand and rotate the cake as you cut. This way you can focus all of your attention on keeping your knife as level as you can. Another option would be to make sure that you bake your cake high over your bake tin, then you can use the rim of the tin as a guide, ensuring that your top remains straight all across. There are a number of handy tools that you can use to make cutting your cake with a knife even easier, so be sure to check them out below…

The benefit of using a knife, is that you don’t need to go out and purchase any other equipment. As long as you practice using in this method, you will soon learn how to cut your cakes beautifully straight freehand (which is something I am yet to achieve!)

Some tips from the pros to help you cut your cake with a knife

Using a wire cake leveller

If you are after a more guaranteed level finish, then you may wish to purchase yourself a cake leveller. Cake levellers sort of look like junior hack saws, and are make with a thin metal wire, pulled tight onto a plastic or metal arch.

Cake levellers are great tools if you want a level cake., but you’ve not got a steady hand..like me! The cake levellers work by sawing the cake with a very thin, saw toothed wire.

  • To use a cake leveller, you must first adjust the wire to the correct height for your cake. Cake levellers either have set rungs to sit the wire on, or you simple slide the wire up and down to the correct height.
  • Place the cake leveller on the table next to your cake and slide along and push the feet firmly down on the table ensuring the leveller is steady
  • Use a gentle sawing motion to cut through the cake with the wire.

So long as you do this carefully and nice and slowly, the dome of your cake should slice off with ease!
This is a great way to level a cake and will usually provide you with better results than if you just use a knife. However, cake levellers can be awkward to store, as you need a big enough drawer to fit them in, which can be a little annoying as you can only really use it for its one intended purpose.

You might also run into a bit of trouble if you’re cake has big chunks of fruit or nuts in, as the wire in the cake leveller tends to just drag big bits of fruit or nuts out of the sponge rather than cutting them, as the wire isn’t that sharp. So if you are making a sponge with bits in, do a test run with your leveller to make sure you don’t end up with big dents on your cake.

Wilton Small Cake Leveler

best cake leveller to buy

Wilton Small Cake Leveler

Wilton make the sturdiest cake levellers for light to medium sponges

Buy on Amazon – £9.34

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Wilton is generally considered the best when it comes to making gadgets like this to make your baking easier and more professional, and this is the one that I use at home. This cake leveller has a sturdy, tight wire to cut through light or heavy sponges and you can torte or level cakes up to 25cm wide with this leveller. The over-sized purple grip handle is a nice feature that helps to move through your sponge smoothly.
The wire in this leveller is wavy rather than serrated which apparently helps to create a smooth surface by reducing the amount of crumbs dragged off the cake when cutting. You still need to use a slow sawing movement to make the most of this leveller. Wilton include a handy video guide for using the cutter here. https://youtu.be/gqo3YzoRKgA
The only issue with this leveler is if your cake is bigger than 25cm, it will be too small.

Lakeland Adjustable Cake Cutting Wire

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Lakeland Adjustable Cake Cutting Wire

Buy on Amazon – £4.99

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Lakeland is another fairly reputable brand when it comes to baking gear, and this cutting wire is great for levelleing light sponges. The silicon feet on this cutter are good for sliding the wire across your worktop to help you level the cake.

Wilton Large Folding Cake Leveler

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Wilton Large Folding Cake Leveler

Full serrated knife for leveling medium to heavy sponges

Buy on Amazon – £4.50

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Another one from Wilton, specifically designed for bigger and tougher sponges. The stainless steel blade offers nice simple clean cutting. And despite its size, it folds neatly in half, allowing you to store it with ease.
Because the knife is bigger, this leveler can get through medium to heavy sponges, and it much better suited for fruit cakes and other cakes with “bits” in. The blade with this one can seem a little flimsy, so make sure hold the leveler, and use a sawing motion to cut the cake. DO NOT just drag the leveler through or you will end up with a mess!

Niceeshop(TM) Baking Layered Cake Cutter with 2 pcs Steel Wire

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Niceeshop(TM) Baking Layered Cake Cutter with 2 pcs Steel Wire

Two wires for cutting multiple layers in one go

Buy on Amazon – £1.84

Prices correct at time of Publishing

This cake cutter is very similar in design to the one above, however, it also comes with a second wire. This means that you can slice your cake into three pieces in one go. Again, this item is adjustable, and it also is made from stainless steel. This cake cutter is a little flimsy, so I would only be using this one on light sponges. But it is super cheap.

Using a cutting tin

Cutting tins are another alternative to your classic wire cake leveller, or levelling by hand. These tins can be used to bake your cake and then the guide lines on the side allow you to get a perfect straight cut using your serrated knife. More often than not these cutting tins can also be adjusted in size, allowing you to bake a wide range of different sized cakes. I have only managed to find round versions of these tins which is a shame, as they are very accurate and I would happily invest in a square version if it existed.
Cutting tins are good for cutting heavy cakes (you can use a normal knife and cut right through). They are also perfect for delicate light sponges and mousses. As the structure of the bake is completely supported whilst levelling.

HeroNeo® Adjustable Stainless Cake Ring Layer Cutter

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HeroNeo® Adjustable Stainless Cake Ring Layer Cutter

Buy on Amazon – £5.08

Prices correct at time of Publishing

This cake cutting tin is easy to use and is also fairly affordable. The tin has six different layered gaps which means you can cut your cake into a variety of different sizes, even super thin layers which would be difficult to cut by hand.
The cake ring is adjustable meaning it should fit around most standard sized cakes from (16cm to 20cm in diameter). The height of the cake ring is 8.5 cm so it should be tall enough to fit around most cakes.
If you’re planning on using all of the rings to slice very thin layers, you must must must use a cake lifter like this one as your sponge layers will be extremely delicate and flimsy.

DiDaa Adjustable Layer Cake Slicer Kit

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DiDaa Adjustable Layer Cake Slicer Kit

Buy on Amazon – £5.99

Prices correct at time of Publishing

This six layered cutting stainless steel tin is adjustable and so will fit cake sizes from 24.5cm to 30.5cm. The small gaps in this guide allow you to cut a range of layer thickness, so you could use it to cut your cake in half, or into seven very thin slithers.
The metal rungs of this one are a little flimsy so you need to be careful not to put any weight on the open side of the ring when you are cutting.

Homeself Adjustable Stainless Steel Cake Ring Cutter

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Homeself Adjustable Stainless Steel Cake Ring Cutter

Buy on Amazon – £11.99

Prices correct at time of Publishing

The Homeself adjustable cutting ring comes in two sizes for smaller and larger cakes. The smaller of the two is 20cm widem, and the larger is 30cm. Both of the cake ring cutters are adjustable, allowing you to level a range of round cakes with each.
The expanding edge (and in fact on any cake ring cutter), means you can’t quite get through all of the cake, and have to finish the last bit off by hand. However once most of the line is cut, you have a guide and it’s not hard to do this accurately.

Use a Bread cutter to level your cake

Bread cutters offer an alternative to help you cut your cakes using your own serrated knife. These bread cutters come in pairs to allow you attach both ends of your blade and create a sturdy, level saw.

To use a bread cutter, push down the round button on top to release the spring and insert the very tip of the knife into the correct slot. Repeat with your second cutter, and slide the cutter right up the handle of the knife, ensuring you have the knife in the same slot in each cutter. Then sit the cutters on the table next to your cake and turn the cake cutting through it with a steady sawing motion. Bread cutters are, as their name suggests, designed for cutting bread, but they are also very effective for use on cakes. These cutters are only ever going to work as well as your knife, so make sure you use a sharp knife.

Portable DIY Cake Bread Cutter Leveller

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Portable DIY Cake Bread Cutter Leveller

Buy on Amazon – £1.10

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Cheap and easy to use, this bread cutter is ideal for cutting cakes. It is simple to operate – you simply choose the height you wish and begin cutting. They are also nice and small, which means that they are easy to store when not being used. This cutter is also durable thanks to its stainless steel spring and is adjusted by merely clicking the button.

2PCS DIY Cake Slicer

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2PCS DIY Cake Slicer

Buy on Amazon – £8.49

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Very similar to the cutter above, this cake slicer comes with a plastic box for easy storage. Again these two pieces are nice and small, which is great and they are also adjustable, which means you can use them to cut different sized cakes.

SODIAL(R) 2pc Cake 5 Layer Leveller

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SODIAL(R) 2pc Cake 5 Layer Leveller

Buy on Amazon – £2.36

Prices correct at time of Publishing


This cake leveller has five different layers, the same as the two listed above, and also comes as a pair. It is nice and simple to use, and adjusts at the click of a button. It is also small and easy to store and helps cut a nice even cake!

Using a knife? Here are some tips…

If you are going to level your cake with a knife then these snippets of advice from the professionals may well come in handy…

Chill your cake

If you chill your cake over night and wrap it well, it should make cutting it much easier.

Use toothpicks

If you use a ruler to measure half way up your cake and poke toothpicks into it at the same height all the way around, then this can help you ensure that your cake is nice and neat and even.

Use a sewing  hoop

Whilst you may wish to use the toothpick method, or one of the gadgets listed below, another option is to fasten a sewing hoop around your cake. Then you can just rest the blade of your knife on the edge of the hoop and cut through the cake with ease.

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Wilton Trim & Turn

Buy on Amazon – £21.99

Prices correct at time of Publishing

Once you have sliced through the cake you can use a round piece of cardboard to ensure that you can move the top piece off without breaking it.

Use a sawing motion

You should always cut through your cake with a serrated knife using a slow and smooth sawing motion. This way you can cut neatly and accurately without causing the cake to break. And we’d advise you to press down slightly on the top of the cake with your non cutting hand.

Invest in a trim and turn

Cake turntables are great for decorating, and they also make levelling by hand much easier. You can essentially keep you hand in the same position, just sawing whilst you rotate the turntable, meaning your cut should be more accurate.

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