How to Cut the Wedding Cake

Many people don’t realise this, but there is a special way to cut the cake.There is nothing worse than looking at a wedding cake that has been cut completely wrong.       

                                                               Happy couple cutting the cake


The Bride and Groom Make the First Cuts to their Wedding cake 


Its traditional at weddings that the cutting of the wedding cake begins by the bride and groom making the first two cuts. To start, the bride will place her right hand on the handle of the wedding knife.Then the groom puts his hand over hers.


Begin cutting on the bottom tier of the wedding  cake with the point of the knife and then make two cuts. Remove the small slice and place on a plate. The bride and groom will then feed each other their wedding cake to symbolize that they are committed to share with and support each other.


Wedding Fruit Cakes






6 inch

15-20 portions

20-30 portions

8 inch

40-50      "

50-60       "

10 inch

60-70      "

70-90       "

12 inch

80-100    "

110-130   "

 Wedding Sponge Cakes





6 inch

8-10 portions

10-12 portions

8 inch

    10-15     "          

20-25      "

10 inch

    20-30     "         

35-40      "

         12 inch          

 35-45    "      

45-55      "


 If you are going to have someone in charge of cutting your wedding cake, you will need to make sure they know how to cut the cake in advance. You will begin cutting the cake on the bottom tier. Do not cut far under the second tier or this will cause the cake to tumble later because it will be too top heavy. You will cut about two inches in from the outside of the cake and cut all the way around the layer.


 After the bottom layer has been cut all the way around, you will begin working on the second layer. When the second layer has been cut all the way around, you will remove the top tier for the bride and groom to save later. The cutting continues in a circular manner until all of the cake has been cut and served.

The Caterer’s Cut for A Wedding Cake

If you are having your reception at a reception hall with a caterer, you will not usually have to worry about whether or not your cake is being cut properly.


You will need to let them know if you plan on keeping the top tier of the wedding cake, otherwise they may serve it to your guests. If you don’t want to save the top tier, let them know and they will serve it.


A nice gesture for the bride and groom is for the bride to serve wedding cake slices to each other’s parents. Do this before your caterer takes the cake away for serving. Tradition is that the bride serves the groom’s parents and the groom serves the bride’s parents.

Serving Sets

The wedding cake serving set also makes a nice touch to your wedding.


Many couples will have a set with their names engraved on the wedding knife and cake server. After the wedding, you can save the set for your children or for use at anniversary parties, birthdays, etc.. Wedding cake serving sets can also be made from a variety of materials including crystal, glass, silver or pewter.


Most blades on knives are made from stainless steel. There are several options to choose from when you are shopping for your set.


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