Hi! I'm Emily Tatak from the Wilton Test Kitchen. Today, I'm here to show you how easy it is to level and torte your cakes. When a cake bakes, it sometimes develops a dome top, also known as a crown. By removing the crown, and leveling your cake, you're creating a flat surface, perfect for decorating. Leveling is crucial because it prevents cracking when stacking and filling your layers. There are two ways to level and torte your cakes. You can use a serrated knife or a cake leveler. To begin, securely attach your cake to a cake board with a small amount of icing - just like this. This is crucial because this prevents your cake from moving around while you're leveling. If you're using a cake leveler, you first want to place your cake on a flat surface. Place the leveler next to your cake, so you can see how high to set your wire. You want to remove as little cake as possible, while creating a flat surface. There are notches all they down the side of the leveler, numbered 1-9 for easy adjustments. In this instance, I'm using a number 2. So, using a gentle sawing motion, I'm going to cut through just the top of my cake, and remove the crown. I like using a cake leveler because it creates an even and straight cut, every time. This leveler can be used on any cake, round or square, up to 10 inches, or even a 9 by 13 cake. If you're using a serrated knife, place your cake on a turntable. While slowly rotating your turntable, use a gentle sawing motion to remove the crown. From here, you can leave your cake "as is" or you can cut it into multiple layers, called torting. Torting adds height and gives you the opportunity to add additional filling to your cake. If you're using a leveler, place your cake on a flat surface. Re-position the wire, so it lines up right in the middle of your cake. In this instance, it's about a number 7. Using a gentle sawing motion, I'm going to cut right through the center of my cake, giving me two equal-height layers. Carefully remove the top layer of my cake with a cake board to prevent cracking and breaking. If you are using a serrated knife, place your cake on a turntable. Position your knife in the middle of the cake, keeping it level. Place one hand on top of the cake and, using a gentle sawing motion, cut horizontally through the cake, while rotating the turntable. As you can see, I now have two even layers, ready to fill and stack. For more tips, techniques, and inspiration, visit Wilton.com.
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Removing the crown from your cakes ensures a flat, smooth surface for layering and decorating perfect cakes, every time. Watch how easy it is to level and torte your cakes with a Wilton cake leveler or a serrated knife, right here!
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