How to Bake a Level Cake

by Katie on July 25, 2012

Have you ever baked a cake only to have the layers so uneven that the entire stacked cake was wobbly? Or it had the dreaded domed look?

If so, you are going to love these 2 tips…they will ensure a nice level cake!

#1: Towel Strips

You can buy fancy schmancy baking strips, but really it isn’t necessary.  All you need is an old towel!

Cut an old towel into a 2″ strip and soak with water.  Ring it out and wrap it around the cake pan.  Secure it with a pin (I use tidy pins found in the sewing aisle).  Bake cake as directed ( it may take slightly longer to bake) and it will come out looking level.

Amazing, huh?  No more wobbly, domed cakes!

(And if you are wondering what that metal thing is sticking up in the middle of the cake…it’s a flower nail (found in cake decorating supplies).  I use flower nails when I’m doing a larger cake because it helps it to bake evenly.)

#2: Paper Towel

If you don’t want to mess with the bath towel…you can use a paper towel.  Immediately after taking the cake out of the oven, place a paper towel on top of the cake and press down with your hand all over the cake to level it out.

Have you had trouble getting your cakes level in the past?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Misty July 26, 2012 at 9:52 am

I will say that I “dread” baking cakes. Either for the not so pretty result (domed shape) or the crumbly icing issue… I usually just make the trusted 9×13 glass pan. I think cake baking is intimidating! I might just break down and try these tips with Rylee!


Katie July 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Misty, I know baking is intimidating for a LOT of people! You have to try one of these out and treat Tim to a pretty cake :)


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