How to Cut a Square Cake

October 9th, 2019 by Desiree Smith

Cake is the best part of any celebration, however for those lucky ones tasked with cutting the cake, it can be stressful! Slicing nice, even pieces can be quite the feat, and if you’ve ever fretted about achieving cake-cutting glory, worry no more!

With this “How to Cut a Square Cake” cutting guide, we’ll show you how to cut and serve your square (or oblong) cake with ease. No more guessing – this method works no matter what size cake you’re cutting.

How to Cut a Square Cake

  1. Starting 2 in. from edge, cut a horizontal line across your cake.
  2. Slice approximately 1½ to 2 in. pieces of cake.
  3. Serve this row first before continuing to cut.
  4. Cut another horizontal line across the cake, 2 in. from edge.
  5. Repeat the process, cutting 1½ to 2 in. pieces, then serving them before cutting another horizontal line.
  6. Continue this pattern until entire cake is cut.

This method also works for 9 x 13, 11 x 15 and 12 x 18 in. sheet cakes.

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 after each slice to prevent the knife from sticking to or tearing up your cake
  • If you’re cutting a frosted cake, wipe your knife after each cut for nice, clean slices
  • To make even slices, use bakers’ twine or unflavored dental floss to divide your cake into even sections
  • To avoid slipping, place your cake on a grip mat before cutting

Is your cake too hip to be square? Check out our post on How to Cut a Round Cake to learn how to get party portions for cakes 8 in. and larger.

What other cake cutting tips can you share? Let us know in the comments below or share your tricks on Instagram and tag us @wiltoncakes!

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

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