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Cake Cutting Guide

The following guide shows how various shaped wedding tiers are cut into pieces approximately 1 in. x 2 in. by two layers high (about 4 in.). The order of cutting will remain the same even if a larger serving size is desired. The first step in cutting is to remove the top tier, and then begin cutting with the 2nd tier followed by the 3rd, 4th and so on. The top tier is usually reserved for the first anniversary.

round cakes

Round Tiers:
8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”

Move in 2½ inches from the tier's outer edge (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside); cut a circle and then slice 1 in. pieces within the circle. Now move in only 2 inches and cut another circle, slice 1 in. pieces and so on until the tier is completely cut. The center core of each tier and the small top tier can be cut into 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths, depending on size. Ask your designer if they provide cutting templates.

square cakes

Square Tiers:
8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”

Move in approximately 2½ in. from the outer edge and cut from top to bottom (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside). Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake understanding that the two end pieces should be approximately 1½ inches in width due to the outside edge of frosting. Next, move in only 2 inches and slice again until the entire tier is cut.

Heart Cakes

Heart Tiers:
10”, 12”, 16”

Divide the tiers vertically into 1/2ths, 4ths, 6ths and 8ths depending upon the cake size. Within rows, slice 1 in. pieces of cake adjusting for the outside edges.

Petal Cakes

Petal Tiers:
9”, 12”, 15”

Cut petal tiers in a similar manner as round tiers. See instructions above

Oval Cakes

Oval Tiers:
10¾” x 7”, 13½” x 9¾”, 16½” x 12¾”

Move in 2½ inches from the outer edge and cut across (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside). Then slice 1 inch pieces of cake. Now move in only 2 inches and slice again until the entire tier is cut.

Hexagon Cakes

Hexagon Tiers:
9”, 12”, 15”

Move in 2½ in. from the outer edge and cut across (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside). Then slice 1 in. pieces of cake. Now move in only 2 inches and slice again until the entire tier is cut.

Party Cake Cutting Guide

Party Cakes—1 1/2 x 2 in. Slices

Use the diagrams from the cake cutting guide to cut party cakes which are 3” to 6” high but adjust for the larger party-size slices. For cakes shorter than 3 in. you should cut wider slices in order to serve a proper portion. If a larger serving size is desired, the order of cutting still remains the same, but the servings per cake will be reduced.

Rounds

To cut round cakes, move 2½ inches from the cake's outer edge; cut a circle and then slice approximately 1 1/2 inch pieces within the circle (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside). Now move in another 2 inches, cut another circle, slice approximately 1 1/2 inch pieces and so on until the cake is completely cut. Ask your designer if they provide cutting templates.

Note: 6 inch diameter cakes should be cut in wedges. Cut Petal and Hexagon cakes similar to round tiers.

Squares

To cut square party cakes, move in approximately 2½ inches from the outer edge and cut top to bottom (this accounts for the additional frosting on the outside). Then slice 1 1/2 inch pieces of cake from this row. Now move in only 2 inches and cut from top to bottom, slicing 1 1/2 inch pieces again until this entire row of cake is cut. Repeat the process as needed until the entire cake has been sliced.

Sheets

Party Cakes

The cutting of sheet cakes is similar to square cakes. See instructions above

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