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The Cake Knife

The Cake Knife

Layer cakes are notoriously difficult to slice and serve if you want to keep the slices looking their best. After the cake has been sliced, you typically need to slide a small spatula or even a pie server underneath the wedge of cake and try to transfer it to a waiting dessert plate. The multi-layer slices of cake often shift around, needing to be held in place with a steadying finger or two, or land on their sides when they tip over after being pushed off the spatula. Unless a cooking show is being filmed in your home (or you’re a food blogger who takes a lot of photos!), it’s not critical to ensure that every slice of that cake looks perfect – but I know that when I spend a lot of time and effort decorating a cake, I want every piece to look as good as possible. This is where The Cake Knife might come in handy.

This knife is made of an unusual type of resin (Ultem, which is often used in making medical instruments and is actually used to make some guitar picks, as well), which is nonstick, as well as heat and stain resistant. It has a wide, flat blade that is just 4.75 inches long and 3 inches high- an ideal size for cutting into 8 and 9-inch round layer cakes. In short, the knife can slice through a two l or three ayer cake without getting cake stuck all over the blade, then you can use the large, flat blade of the knife to lift that slice easily onto a waiting plate.

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  • rainey
    September 22, 2011

    OMG! This sounds wonderful.

    Have you used it for any length of time? How does it hold its edge? Is it possible to sharpen it? How is that done with this new material?

    In the process of trying to find out more I’ve discovered that there are other shape blades and that cutting cheese is another application. Apparently, it won’t stick to even really sticky cheeses.

    Meanwhile, there is a site with not only more choices but a lower price. If anyone is interested: http://www.thecheeseknife.com//Products_c_1.html

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention and for additional information.

  • Elizabeth Pappas
    September 22, 2011

    Where might I purchase this cake knife and what is the cost, please!

  • Nicole
    September 22, 2011

    Rainey – Good questions. The material is very durable and holds its edge well, but I do not know if it can be sharpened at home. That said, if you’re primarily using it for cakes and (soft) cheeses, I wouldn’t think that it would need to be sharpened very often to keep a good edge.
    Great link to the other site, by the way!

  • spender
    September 24, 2011

    Nicole, this link describes the material a little further.

  • EN
    May 26, 2013

    looking for 22-24″ serrated cake knife to slice layers

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