The games have been played, the presents are unwrapped and now comes the best part of any party – THE CAKE! However, if you’re the lucky one who’s been asked to cut the cake, it can be stressful to make sure your slices are cut evenly (especially when someone looks at a birthday cake and says ‘Oh, just give me a sliver’)!

Well, we’re here to share our secret strategy. Whether your cake is 8 in. or 16 in., you can easily learn how to cut a round cake into perfectly sized slices to make sure both frosting lovers and cake lovers are thrilled when they’re handed their slices! 

This method works for round cakes that are 8 in. and larger. If your cake is 6 in. or smaller in diameter, simply slice into wedges and serve.

How to Cut a Round Cake

  1. Starting about 2 inches from the outer edge of your cake, cut a round circle.

2. Slice outer circle into approximately 1 1/2 in. pieces.

3. If your cake is larger than 8 inches in diameter, continue this process of cutting 2 in. circles, then slicing those outer circles until a 6 in. cake remains.

4. Cut the remaining 6 in. cake into 12 wedges (or smaller for those who just want a taste).

An 8-inch cake, like the one shown in the example above, will give you between 30-to-33 servings

Here are a few additional tips and tricks to make slicing and serving a piece of cake!

  • For dense cakes, rinse your knife in hot water or warm water after each slice to prevent the knife from sticking or tearing up your cake (also a great trick for cutting cheesecake)
  • Use a serrated knife to cut fluffy cakes, like angel food or chiffon
  • If you’re cutting a frosted or layer cake, wipe your knife after each cut for nice, clean cake  slices
  • To make even slices, use bakers’ twine or unflavored dental floss to divide your cake into even sections, before thinly slicing it
  • To avoid slipping, place your cake on a grip mat or textured cutting board before slicing

Do you know any cake-cutting tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below or share your lovely creations with us by tagging us on Instagram @wiltoncakes. Oh, and if you need some inspiration for a cake to cut, try our Cake Ideas page!