How to Cut a Wedding Cake

The most important thing to remember is to remove the top tier which is usually saved and remove the topper. Then start from the top of the cake and go towards the bottom. If there are more than three tiers, remove the tiers before cutting to avoid having the tiers slip off while cutting. 

General Guidelines

The first step is to use the right knife. You should always use a sharp, thin knife.. The cuts should be made by first inserting the knife straight down into the cake, and the by pulling the knife at an angle toward the outer edge. Before the next cut, wipe the knife clean with a damp cloth. 

Three-Tiered Round Cake 

  1. Start from the top by removing the 6” tier, which is usually the bride and groom’s cake to save. 
  2. Cut a circle about two inches from the outer edge of the 10” tier. 
  3. Work from the circle and make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the ring is completely sliced. 
  4. Use the same starting procedure and cut another two-inch ring, again slicing into one-inch pieces. 
  5. Repeat the procedure until the tier is completed; then repeat entire process on the 14” tier cake has all been served. 

Three-Tiered Square Cake 

  1. Start from the top  by removing the 6” tier, so that the bride and groom can save it. 
  2. Work from any side to cut a horizontal line abou two inches from the outer edge of the tier. 
  3. Slice from right to left to make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the entire row has been sliced. 
  4. Cut another horizontal line two inches from the new edge, and slice this row. 
  5. Repeat until the entire tier has been cut. 
  6. You should produce five rows in the 10” tier. 
  7. Move to the 14” and repeat the process for seven rows. 

Heart and Oval Cakes 

Heart and oval shaped cakes are cut in a similar fashion as square and rectangular cakes. 

Hexagonal and Petal Cakes 

Hexagonal and petal shaped cakes are cut up in the same way as for round cakes. 

Information from the Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory of 2019

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