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Topic: Cutting cake with dental floss
nevadagrandmother 11/13/2012 3:43 PM
A friend just told me you can cut a cake with dental floss but sawing it back and forth. She said it works well also on cheesecakes. What do you all think?
cakedujour 11/13/2012 3:44 PM
I think it would work, but I'm not sure why you would use floss instead of a knife. I think it makes more sense with cheesecake or a similarly textured cake.
nevadagrandmother 11/13/2012 4:34 PM
She said she saw it on Cake Boss and it elimiates having to clean the knife especially for a wedding cake. Just wanted to know if anyone out there has tried it yet.
cakedujour 11/13/2012 4:50 PM
mmm, I see. That's what I was thinking for the cheesecakes. Wouldn't it slow down the cutting a lot? I suppose that once you get the hang of it and get a rhythm going it would work quickly.
JLynne93 11/13/2012 4:50 PM
I saw that on cake boss to I tried it to see if it worked and found that it didn't. I have never tried it on cheesecake but it may work.
dietcokenoice 11/13/2012 5:21 PM
I first saw it a few years back at a friend's house. Her boyfriend was a chef and he made 3 cheesecakes. He cut them with dental floss. With the floss in both hands he went straight down and then pulled it out on the one side - instead of pulling it back up again. It was a very clean cut. I was impressed.

Here's some youtube videos showing someone cutting a cheesecake and one with a cake. It really makes a nice clean cut. Glad you brought this up!!
sweetgrandma 11/13/2012 6:10 PM
I saw it done somewhere...could've been Cake Boss and I tried it too..without much success, but maybe with practice it would work.
CollectorEJ 11/13/2012 10:15 PM
I find that for sheet cakes dental floss is great for cutting. Hold a piece of dental floss longer than the cake, one end in each hand, press down on the cake and then pull through to one side. Take hold of the end that you let go and do it again. Turn the cake and cut the other way. I have found that a knife gets all messed up with icing, the dental floss doesn't. I don't use the dental floss as much for stacked cakes, but for sheet cakes it's the way to go.
nevadagrandmother 11/13/2012 10:58 PM
Thanks for your insight.
LBGunnin 11/14/2012 6:44 AM
We have used this method at work and it works great.
conw 11/14/2012 12:37 PM
I use dental floss when leveling my cakes. Simply run it along the edge of the pan and you have a nice even layer.
nevadagrandmother 11/14/2012 1:48 PM
Wow what a good tip. thanks
cakedujour 11/14/2012 2:56 PM
It is great for torting a cake too. Place toothpicks about 2" apart all around the perimeter of the cake layer. Wind floss around the cake over a pick and under the next until you are back at the start point. Cross the ends and pull. The floss will perfectly tort the cake. Occasionally a toothpick will fly so be on the lookout but it is a very good technique.
nevadagrandmother 11/14/2012 3:34 PM
Do you use this method instead of a cake divider or slicer?
sweetgrandma 11/16/2012 6:10 AM that's a great idea....
whoknew? 11/20/2012 12:48 AM
nevadagrandmother~~Thanks for asking the question!

dietcokenoice~~Thanks for the links. Those were great.
nevadagrandmother 11/20/2012 8:51 AM
Great videos. Thanks dietcokenoice.
I used the dental floss method last Sunday for my Pumpkin Cheesecake. It looked great except I had graham cracker crust with chopped pecans in the crust and it didn't cut down through the crust. So I had to used a sharp knife to cut the crust. I wiped it off after each slice. I should have inserted the knife on the side of the cheesecake down half way where the crust was instead of on the top of the cake, but overall it was a success. I was thinking maybe a hacksaw would work good also. Ha Ha
whoknew? 11/20/2012 11:50 AM
hacksaws always work (but sometimes it scares the guests at the party).
nevadagrandmother 11/20/2012 3:47 PM
How funny. I might try it someday. Thanks
jordansmom 12/09/2012 12:04 AM
I like the idea of using the floss to cut a sheet cake. I might have to try that next time! As far as leveling or torting my cakes (the smaller ones), I LOVE the new leveler by Wilton. It works awesome!