The best way to cut a cake


‘What is the best way to cut a cake?’

This is a question I am asked regularly and with many different definitions of portion size, it is easy to be unsure.

When I began my cake decorating journey, I believed that cakes should be cut into triangle wedges and that was classed as a dessert portion, but what about a cake to serve 24 people? Surely the wedges would be really small?

Read on to find out the different servings and the best technique to have even, crisp servings.

Cake serving

The most important utensil is to find a long, sharp knife. Without this, the cake layers can move and will ruin the final presentation and we all want that insta-worthy cake slice.

The key points to get that perfect cut are listed below

  • You want to let the knife do the work, with the first cut down the middle of the cake

  • Each additional cut will be done across from the previous cut

  • Use a board to catch the pieces when slicing it so that the layers do not fall apart

  • Clean your knife between slices. Use a tea towel or paper towel to do so.

  • A hot knife will cut through the frosting more easily.

  • Cover any uncut cake. The air will dry out the remaining cake if left in the open.

Below is an example of an 8 inch round cake cut into 1.5 inch x 2 inch party portions

How big to cut the slices?

In the cake industry, there are four main portion sizes all depending on your occasion.

Coffee - 1” x 1” A great bite-size piece of cake which compliments tea and coffee. This would be perfect for work meetings with morning tea or afternoon tea.