Uneven sides of a torted cake

by Julianne
(Altoona, Iowa, USA)

I have a question about torting cakes and making the sides even.

Whenever I tort a cake, or layer two cakes (i.e. two 8 inch circular cakes) on top of each other, the sides never are even.

I try to patch them together with the buttercream and then frost it with the buttercream, but after the cake sits for awhile, the sides show the "seam" between the layers.

Does anyone have suggestions?



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Apr 01, 2009
Tips For Getting Level Cake Layers
by: Michelle (admin)

Hi Julianne,

There are a few tricks you can use to get perfectly level layers every time and avoid the 'seam' you mentioned:

1. If you're having trouble getting the layers perfectly level by using your knife free-hand, try this trick. Mark the lowest point around the top rim of the cake with a toothpick. Measure the height of this point and mark the same height with a toothpick in several places around the cake. Now you can lightly rest your knife blade on the toothpicks as you slice and when you've cut all the way through, you'll have a very level top.

Repeat this technique, measuring half the height of the cake layer you just trimmed. Mark with toothpicks around the perimeter and cut. Now you have perfect, level cake layers to stack.

2. To avoid the 'seam' you mentioned, try levelling and splitting (torting) the cake layers and filling between them, then wrap well in cling wrap and refigerate overnight. The following day you crumb coat and top coat the cake. By allowing your filling to firm up overnight, you can trim any bulge created by the weight of the cake layers before frosting and you won't see any seams in your finished cake.

Thanks for posting your question. I hope this info has been helpful.

Michelle (editor)

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