How to Cut a Tiered Wedding Cake

by Amie Taylor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Cutting a tiered wedding cake is not as difficult as it looks.

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The wedding cake is often the focal point of the reception. Modern cakes, created with difficult techniques and elaborate designs, are considered artwork, as well as dessert. In fact, it seems almost a shame to cut them. However, cut you must, when there is a line of hungry guests waiting. Cutting a tiered cake can seem daunting because you don't know where to start. By removing tiers, you'll have the cake cut up and on plates before the guests start grumbling.

Remove the top tier of the case, and store it in a cake box. Many couples like to save the top tier to enjoy together on their first wedding anniversary. Remove and lay aside the pillars that support the top layer.

Remove the next tier, and set it directly on the table. Trying to cut the cake while it is still supported above the tier below it is a disaster waiting to happen.

Cut a round cake with a sharp, thin-bladed knife. Measure 2 inches in from the edge, and cut a circle that follows the circle of the cake. Cut the outer circle of the cake into 1-inch slices, frequently wiping the blade of the knife to prevent buildup. Once that portion has been served, measure in 2 additional inches, and cut another circle. Repeat the the process until you've cut the entire tier.

Cut a square or rectangular cake by measuring in 2 inches and slicing the cake from one end to the other. Start at the corner of the 2-inch strip you've just cut, and begin cutting it into 1-inch slices. Once you've completed that strip, measure in an additional 2 inches, and repeat the process until the cake is completely cut.

Remove the pillars from each successive tier, and place each tier on the table before you begin cutting. Work your way through the entire cake.


  • Score the top of the cake with your knife, creating a fine line to follow before you begin cutting. Use your own measurements to create larger or smaller pieces of cake. Use a two-handed method, cake server in one hand and knife in the other, to catch each piece as you cut it and place it on a plate.

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About the Author

Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.