Day 242 – How to Bake a Level Cake

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Have you ever made a cake only to have to shave part of the top off because you can’t seem to bake a flat cake? I know I have! I had to make the little man’s birthday cake today, so I knew I was going to need some help getting my round cakes to bake flat enough to stack nicely. Pinterest to the rescue!


old dish towels or rags
safety pins or paperclips


1. Cut your towel or rag into strips about 1 1/2 or 2″ thick. They should be about the same width as your pans. Determine how many strips you will need to reach all the way around your pan, and cut the amount needed.

2. Run the strips under cold water and lightly ring them out. You want them wet, but not soaking.

3. Wrap the strip around your pan and secure the ends with safety pins or paperclips. You will want to make sure you have a tight fit so it doesn’t slide off in the oven.

4. Place the pan on a cookie sheet and make sure the towel is still secure around the pan. The cookie sheet makes it easier to get your cake in and out of the oven. Cook your cake as directed.

This totally worked! Check out how flat my cake is. They stacked on top of each other perfectly. Why does this work? The towel helps to keep the pan cooler so the outside of the cake isn’t cooked too quickly. Genius!

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  1. No flipping way! This is awesome! Although when I’ve had to shave off the rounded tops of the cakes, I usually end up all the little cake balls that I squoosh together while I’m frosting. 🙂

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