When I am making a layer cake, I usually put the bottom layer on the cake plate that I intend to serve it on, then start layering frosting and more cake right from there. It is a hassle to move layer cakes as they tend to be delicate and heavy. Usually this works out very well, especially when I am going to be serving a cake at home. Other times, however, I am taking a cake out to a party or event and I need to put it in a cake carrier – meaning that I usually assemble it in the cake carrier and leave it there to serve it. No one has every complained about this, but I recently picked up a Norpro Cake Lifter to help me improve my presentation.
The cake lifter is a giant, very sturdy, metal spatula that is big enough to lift up a 9-inch layer cake with ease and move it anywhere you need to put it. One of the best features of the tool is that it has a finely beveled edge that lets it slip easily underneath the cake without disturbing the top layers. Of course, I still wouldn’t recommend traveling long distances (like down a flight of stairs) with a cake balanced on this, but for short trips it works great and looks quit a bit nicer than just leaving the cake in its carrier. You can also use it to pull pizzas and breads out of the oven, if they’re too hot to handle easily on their own.