Photo: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography
The last wedding-related responsibility you and your fiancé have before you can let loose and just enjoy the wedding reception is the wedding cake cutting. Sounds easy, right? After all, we've all cut birthday cakes, loaves of bread, wedges of cheese, and more before. But have you ever tried to do any of those things while holding the knife with another person? Probably not. We talked to a few experts about how to get closer to that first sweet bite of wedding cake a little bit faster, while still looking totally camera-ready.
The Square Method
Alicia Falango, wedding planner and founder of Alicia K Designs, is a fan of cutting a small square of cake and pushing it onto a plate. "Start by finding the best angle so the background looks great in pictures, as well as a spot on the cake without any complicated decorations," says Falango. "Stand with the bride closest to the cake, with the groom behind her. Using just the knife (don't bother with the spatula server!), cut a small box-like shape at the top of the tier. You don't have to cut all the way down, just in and down an inch or two, then a second matching cut an inch or two over. Connect the bottom of the two cuts with a horizontal cut, then stick the knife in vertically and push the piece out from the back." That spatula is what makes it complicated — pushing the small piece out is much easier than trying to lift a slice up, and a few bites are all you need to feed one another. "This method also works with fondant. But if you can't find a spot without decorations on it, remove some of those before you start cutting so there isn't too much to get through," Falango adds. Make sure you've got a plate, forks, and napkins next to the cake, and you're good to go!
The Side Slice Method
While it's a little less traditional, Emily Campbell, founder and lead planner of Bella Design & Planning, opts for a different approach. "Once you've positioned yourselves for the photo, hold the knife horizontally at the top of one tier, about an inch in from the edge," Campbell says. You won't be cutting a slice, per se, but instead will almost be trimming off the curve with a cut straight down — the slice will have a straight edge (where you sliced) and then a curved edge that used to be the outside of the cake. "Cut down a few inches, then hold the plate so that it's lined up with the bottom of your cut. Tip the knife to push the slice toward the plate, and voila!" says Campbell. You'll wind up with a slice that's more frosting than cake, but there will be enough to get a few bites out of the piece to feed one another, and it only takes one cut instead of a few.
The "Whatever Speaks to You" Method
From "his hand over hers" to "cut the bottom layer," there's all sorts of advice on where and how to cut a wedding cake, but Alison Laesser-Keck of VLD Events doesn't listen to any of it. "I think the right way to do it is whatever works best for the couple. Just have fun with it!" she says. So whether you opt for a box, a slice, a wedge, or to just dig in to the top tier with a fork, there's no wrong way to cut a wedding cake.