So, I went ahead and ordered one from Amazon and selected the Nordic Ware Cake Lifter. I'd never actually seen a cake lifter and wasn't sure what to expect ...or even if I was wasting $10 on the purchase. Boy howdy was I wrong to doubt myself. This tool looks like it is meant to do the job! It is huge...obviously big enough to slide completely under a 9 inch cake. It is very sturdy with a rubber/silicone handle for comfortable gripping. It's like a big
Not only was my Hummingbird Cake off-center, I nearly broke one of the layers in half by trying to lift it off the cooling rack. It seemed like such a dense sturdy cake, I thought I could do it...and I saw it starting to crack immediately, requiring a return to the cooling rack, and flipping upside down between two racks to transfer it to the cake in the correct position. The entire endeavor would have been so simple with this cake lifter!
I can't wait to make another layer cake...this also should solve all those tricky problems involving icky icing smears on your serving platter too (well, I hope). I'll certainly give you an update after I've used it a time or two and put it through its paces. If it works as well as I think it will, you'll be wanting to get one too.
Last good thing...it says, right on the front "MADE IN U.S.A." and that's what I like to see!
BON APPETIT, Y'ALL!!!