The Art of Cutting the Wedding Cake

There are some dos and don'ts!

Wedding Cake Cutting

Many couples are now forgoing the tradition of cutting the wedding cake.


Cutting a wedding cake can provide you with an excellent opportunity for photographs, which can be cherished for years to come. Guests also expect to see the married couple cutting their wedding cake, without which no wedding can be complete. Thus, it is important to incorporate this tradition in your wedding.


Cutting a wedding cake can be a complex affair because of its size and multiple tiers. Very often, couples do not know where to start cutting their wedding cake and how to go about doing it. We call cake cutting an art simply because if a cake is not cut properly, it will soon resemble remnants of a food fight and will be impossible to serve to your guests. Here’s a guide to cutting your wedding cake properly.

1) Cutting Square Shaped Wedding Cakes:

Such shapes are the easiest to cut as you do not have to contend with irregular shapes and forms. To cut a square shaped wedding cake, follow these simple steps:

  • Go 2 inches in from the outer edge and cut across the cake.
  • Cut this strip into 1 inch pieces to get cake pieces of 2 by 1 inch size.
  • Continue in the same manner till the entire square tier is cut.

2) Cutting Round Shapes:

  • Go 2 inches in from the edge of the cake and cut a circle following the outer circle of the cake.
  • Cut 1 inch pieces of cake within the previously cut circle.
  • Do the same till you reach the inner core of the round tier.
  • This core (and the top most, smallest round tier) can be halved or cut into fourths depending on the size of the portion.

3) Cutting Heart Shaped Wedding Cakes:

  • Cut the cake in half lengthwise, where the point of the heart is.
  • Cut each half into further halves or quarters depending on the size of the tier.
  • Cut each resulting strip of cake into 1 inch pieces.

Other common shapes of wedding cakes, such as hexagonal shapes or petal shaped cakes can be cut in the same manner as round wedding cakes.