How To Properly Cut A Wedding Cake

How To Cut A Wedding Cake
The wedding cake cutting ceremony is a highly anticipated (and photographed) part of the wedding reception. This nostalgic moment symbolizes the first time the newlywed couple breaks bread as husband and wife, and demonstrates their pledge to nourish and support one another throughout the rest of their lives together.

With more and more couples taking a more hands-on approach to their wedding planning, I felt it’s important to share with all you DIY brides the correct and proper way to cut a wedding cake. While cutting a cake sounds simple, it can sometimes be a tricky and difficult task.

Below is a guide that shows how to cut popular shaped wedding tiers into pieces approximately 1 in. x 2 in. by two layers high (about 4 in.).

How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Round Tiers:
Move in two inches from the tier’s outer edge; cut a circle and then slice 1 in. pieces within the circle. Now move in another 2 in., cut another circle, slice 1 in. pieces and so on until the tier is completely cut. The center core of each tier and the small top tier can be cut into 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths, depending on size.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Square Tiers:
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is cut.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Heart Tiers:
Divide the tiers vertically into 1/2ths, 4ths, 6ths and 8ths. Within rows, slice 1 in. pieces of cake.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Petal Tiers:
Cut similar to round tiers as diagram shows.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Oval Tiers:
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is cut.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Hexagon Tiers:
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in another 2 in. and slice again until the entire tier is cut.
How To Cut A Wedding Cake
Paisley Tiers:
Move in 2 in. from the outer edge and cut across. Slice and serve 1 in. pieces of cake, similar to oval tiers as diagram shows. Now move in another 2 in., repeat process until the entire tier is cut.

One important thing to remember is if larger serving sizes are desired, the order of cutting is still the same. The first step in cutting is to remove the top tier, and then begin the cutting with the 2nd tier followed by the 3rd, 4th and so on. The top tier is usually saved for the first anniversary, so it is not calculated into the serving amount.

Other helpful tips:
– The groom’s hand should be over the bride’s as the first slice of cake is cut.
– Make sure your wedding photographer is set and ready when the cake cutting begins.
– Take the time to practice your cake cutting skills at home before the wedding.
– Traditionally, the groom feeds the bride first, then the bride feeds the groom.

Source: Wilton.com

Good Luck!

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  • My husband and I were completely caught off guard when we went to cut the cake together. We both looked at each other like "how do we do this without ruining it?!". I hadn't thought about it at all but it was definitely tricky! Thanks for the tips.

  • Felecia

    This is such a great topic to cover! We were just talking about this 2 days ago! We figured the pieces were to be cut into "triangles" but after reading your post it seems we were wrong. We will be able to get more servings the way you suggested. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! Felecia Adkins

  • Hey this is true technique! Very mathematical. I hope this article will help more and more couples to surprise theyr guests with sharpness and precision 🙂 That's a valuable tip.

  • Great post. Another tip is to use dental floss to easily cut the bottom layer in half (horizontal) to create more servings. This is mainly for wedding cakes with only 2 layers.

  • The photo of my husband & I cutting our cake is hilarious. I'm not sure a how to would have helped us cut through the cardboard support layer! It was like an episode of punked. Neither of us could cut through the cake!

  • Great article! Most people have NO idea how to do this properly…. thanks. Hope you don't mind that we've posted the link to this from our site!

  • Great blog entry! Also, I would like to tell the audience to cut the cake early. It is the dessert and is special. You spent a fortune on it and if you wait too long, you will take a lot of it home with you because all of the old people left and did not get any!