What are those and what are they doing in my kitchen? Those are cross stitch hoops and the idea of using them for cakes came to me as I was working on a cross stitch project. Are you seeing it yet?
Okay, here’s the thing. If you know me or your regular reader, than you know I like to inhale cake like people inhale air. But if you take a look around the blog, I don’t actually do too many full size layered cakes. You’ll find lots of mini, bundts and various other cakes, but not the beautiful layered cakes you will find here, here, here, here and here.
There is a reason for that. Plain and simple: I’m not very skilled at it. I can never seem to cut nice even layers. No matter how hard I try the layers end up cockeyed or sideaways. I’ve even tried this tool, but the problem with it is either the cake moves around too much or you have to push down on the cake to hold it steady. Well holding your cake down pretty much squishes it flat.
But aside from cutting even cake layers, there is also the matter of actually being able to frost beautifully—not my forte. Luckily, I’m pretty stubborn, so for now I’ve solved my first problem to cutting even cake layers. As for the frosting, I’m still working on that one.
Check out this quick and dirty trick I came up with to cutting even cake layers. Seriously, can it get any easier? The best part, those cross stitch hoops are about $1.60 a piece and come in sizes from 3-12 inches. Want thicker slices – just stack two loops one on top of another and tape them together.
1. Place hoop around cake. I use the outer ring of the hoop, so that I can hold onto the the adjustment knob if needed.
2. Rest serrated knife directly on the top edge of the hoop and cut across the cake. Use the top edge of the hoop as the guide to keeping your knife level. Also, be sure to keep the tip of the knife fully visible on the opposite side to prevent the knife from angling down.
And there you have it – a fast and easy way to cut even cake layers.
If you haven’t guessed, cake post coming tomorrow. So come back and see what will become of those cake layers.