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Norpro Cake Lifter, reviewed

Norpro Cake Lifter

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.

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  • Radu Prisacaru
    May 18, 2010

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  • Tiff
    May 18, 2010

    Please tell me the recipe for the cake in the photo! it looks sooo yummy! Thanks. Love your blog.

  • Jamie
    May 18, 2010

    Yes, please, I would love the recipe for that cake! Oh my goodness does it look like decadence….

    May 18, 2010

    Superbe !!

  • Carlie
    May 18, 2010

    Hi Nicole, love the blog! I am intrigued by the idea of this cake lifter, but I was wondering how well it performs on frosted cakes. I would worry about it disturbing frosting and decoration around the bottom edges. Have you used it under that situation yet? And if so, how well did it perform?

    Thanks!! =)

  • Sweet beans! Everytime I come here I almost get a heart attack looking at all these delicious recipes!

  • Kristi
    May 20, 2010

    I’ve seen those, and they look handy. I usually just put a paper doily on top of the cake carrier/plate/whatever and then position/ice the cake on the doily. You can then slide the cake, doily and all, into or out of a cake carrier. The downside there is that the paper is slippery and can slide around in a cake carrier, or slide right off a cake plate while carrying it (as my dining room carpet can attest). And you can still smush the cake or brake it. The cake lifter would probably work well with my doily trick.

    I have also used the cardboard cake circles (covered in plastic wrap or foil so they can be re-used), but the doilies are prettier.

  • wndr3700
    May 21, 2010

    Thank you for good topic.

  • Cookie
    May 23, 2010

    Cardboard cake boards do an amazing job for making your cake transportable. I put my first layer of cake on the board that is the same size as my cake layer, therefore you never see the cake board. I then begin to frost my cake, layer by layer on my kitchen counter. After the cake is completely frosted, I take a long flat cake spatula and run under the cake board to lift onto the decorative plate I am using for it. You can easily then put the cake into its carrier. I keep all sizes of cake boards on hand at all times. I could never decorate a cake without one! Any cake decorating store, and all online decorating stores have the cake boards.

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