Making a level layer cake
Many cake recipes require a baked sponge to be split horizontally
with a knife before sandwiching around a flavoured filling. Unless you are an
artisan pattisier, it is likely that your horizontal cut will not be exactly
level. This generally leaves you with
two options: use the filling to level the cake, meaning that some slices will
be more generous than others, or accept a “rustic” look to the finished
To get a perfectly level cake, put two toothpicks in the side of the sponge near the top and bottom. Slice the cake horizontally and add a uniform layer of filling. Then simply line up the toothpicks on the top and bottom halves to get a perfectly level masterpiece.