You are having an outdoor wedding in your parent’s backyard. You and your new husband just sliced your first cake, feed the cake to each other, smiled at the camera, and “voila” your moment is captured. Now what? Don’t have a professional to cut your cake? What do you do? Who is going to cut your cake? Here are some simple instructions on how to cut a wedding cake.
First, pick someone you trust to be in charge of cutting your cake. Cutting your own cake in a white wedding dress could be a huge mistake! Depending on the cake’s size, you will also need some strong women or men to gently move your cake to the kitchen or other designated area. Cutting a cake can be a messy job! Once you get the cake to that specific area, dismantle the cake tiers so they are all individual cakes. Most bakers recommend that you start cutting the small tiers first. However, from my experience, I always liked to start with the largest cake because the smaller tiers are easier to store. This reminds me – – when you have your cake delivered, ask for cake boxes to store left over cake. Nothing worse than to have left over cake and nothing to store it in! Then, if weather permits, take the top tier (which is usually the bride and groom’s anniversary cake) and place it back on the cake table for display. There is nothing worse than an empty cake table!
To cut a wedding cake you will need a thin sharp knife, a deep pan with very hot water, apron, and a clean, dry towel. Take the knife and put it in very hot water and then dry it off. You never want to cut into the wedding cake with a wet knife; the hot water is to be used to heat the knife and to keep the knife clean in between cutting every slice. When cutting into the cake, insert the knife straight down into the cake, and then move the knife’s edge towards you. Then wipe the knife clean. Repeat the process.
How to cut a round, hexagonal, or petal cake? Cut a circle into the cake about two inches away from the outer edge. Next, from the circle cut, make vertical cuts one inch apart all around the cake. Repeat this same process until you have finished cutting the tier. Then, repeat the process with the other tiers until all guests have been served. Any extra cake could be served around the anniversary cake on the cake table. You never know, someone might want seconds!
How to cut a square, heart shaped, or oval cake? Cut a horizontal line about two inches from the outer edge of the cake. Then, slice the cake vertically one inch apart from right to left until the entire row has been cut. Repeat the process until the entire tier has been cut and served. Repeat with the other tiers until all guests have been served.
Cutting a wedding cake is not too difficult. As long as you have your trusted friends, the right tools, and these simple directions, you too can have your wedding cake appear likes it has been cut by a professional! Enjoy!