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How to slice Angel Food Cake layers easily?

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Shiro Miso Feb 6, 2005 09:37 AM

To all the bakers out there...

I am working on a recipe that involves many thin layers of Angel Food Cake but I am having trouble slicing them. Is there a trick? Because of the sticky nature of the sponge and lack of fat content my knife keeps gumming up and destroying the layers. Should I be freezing the cake first to make it easier? I have been using a serrated knife with a saw action with little pressure...

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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    Coyote RE: Shiro Miso Feb 6, 2005 09:49 AM

    I often use dental floss to separate cake layers. Position floss where you want cut to be, cross ends of floss where they meet and pull.

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      summertime RE: Coyote Feb 6, 2005 03:50 PM

      Floss or a string is agood idea. Only for angel food cake, I think you want either a silk thread or unwaxed floss, to reduce traction for a cleaner cut.

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      Candy RE: Shiro Miso Feb 6, 2005 12:55 PM

      you might try an electric knife. I think if you used floss it might squish each layer together. Or, maybe washing the serrated knife between each slice to remove the residue which is slowing the knife down.

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        yum RE: Shiro Miso Feb 6, 2005 04:02 PM

        http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

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          Erin RE: Shiro Miso Feb 7, 2005 08:09 AM

          I don't think floss or string is a good idea with angel food cake. I agree that it will squish the pieces together and won't look very good. I make angel food cake often and put a large glass of hot water near the cake while I'm cutting. Use a serrated knife and dip it in the hot water before cutting. Repeat before each layer. This will help avoid the buildup on the knife and help you get a clean cut. Give it a try!

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            jill RE: Erin Feb 7, 2005 02:14 PM

            You might try using scissors, maybe scissors sprayed with pam if the cake sticks to the scissors.

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            yum RE: Shiro Miso Feb 8, 2005 12:58 PM

            buy the comb! use it!

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              Pat Hammond RE: yum Feb 8, 2005 01:08 PM

              Do you think the comb would work on horizontal slicing, for layers?

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                Shiro Miso RE: Pat Hammond Feb 8, 2005 06:13 PM

                Thank you for the suggestion... I am imagining a comb is, well, a comb with really long tines? (are they called tines on a comb?!) So I am guessing you get two and stab the cake on either side and pull up to achieve a layer? Is that right?

                Sounds like a great solution.

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                  yum RE: Shiro Miso Feb 8, 2005 06:35 PM

                  http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro...

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                    Shiro Miso RE: yum Feb 8, 2005 08:06 PM

                    Thank you! That makes a lot of sense.

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