Two Wheels Become One: How Do You Cut a Wedding Cake?

The cake cutting: one of life’s many mysteries. Why do brides and grooms cut cake in front of their guests day in and day out? Why do we feed cake to each other while everyone watches? Why are we expected to smear it on each others’ faces? And most importantly, how the hell do you actually cut a slice out without ruining the whole cake?

A quick trip to Wikipedia will answer the first few questions, but the last still perplexes me.


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

We got up to cut the cake with our fancy Kate Spade cake cutting set and toasting flutes (I was convinced I wouldn’t have a good wedding/marriage without them, and, while I really enjoyed having them, they haven’t seen the light of day in eight months. So no, you do not need a cake cutting set or toasting flutes. Unless you want them).

The DJ played Cake’s “Love You Madly” during the cake cutting. I chose that song after reading Mrs. Prairie Dog’s recap. I loved that it wasn’t overtly about sugar/sweets, but it still technically related to cake, obviously. And I love that song. As far as I know, no one got the reference.

From YouTube


Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

You can hear in our video that our photographer had to coach us through the cutting itself. I had learned through wedding blogs that Mr. Unicycle was supposed to put his hands over mine while I cut, but that was about the extent of my preparation for the arduous task. I made some pretty awkward faces and managed to mangle the bottom tier pretty badly, but we ended up with enough cake on our plate to feed each other with, so that’s all that counts.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

It didn’t even cross my mind to smash cake in his face. Because I’m nice. But man, sometimes I really feel like smashing cake in his face, and I regret the missed opportunity.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography / GIF by me

There I am doing the ol’ chomp chomp. Isn’t the way I eat graceful and delicate?

After we swallowed our cake, we kissed it out and sipped some champagne. And that was the last alcohol either of us consumed that day.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography


So my advice to future brides is to practice cutting a cake together before the wedding. There is literally nothing worse in life than not knowing how to cut the cake at your wedding, so learn from my grave mistake!

And here’s another guest photo, this time of an artful slice of cake:


Lovely. We chose white cake with raspberry filling and it was delicious, as cake is.

Did you know what you were doing during your cake cutting?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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    daisy92 275 posts, Helper bee @ 1:21 pm

    Thanks for this post! I love those toasting flutes. Even though we might not ever use them again I think they are a good keepsake and would look great in the china cabinet! And good for you for not smashing cake in each others faces…I always cringe when people do that

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    DBS5127 220 posts, Helper bee @ 5:36 pm

    That is the kind of cake we have talked about getting! (I just got way too excited about that!)

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    lisaelanna 530 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 pm

    Haha – such a good point. I made my (tiered, even…) cake and we still did an awkward job of cutting it!

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    HOGUE 28 posts, Newbee @ 5:26 am

    This is such a great idea! I love your cake topper!

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    new york bride 13 334 posts, Helper bee @ 12:06 pm

    This did not even cross my mind! But now I am going to go home and bake a cake to practice cutting.

    As of now, all cake discussions have consisted of me repeating “Seriously, do not smash the cake in my face. I will get super upset. Do not do it.”

    Now I can add something new to our cake talks!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:22 pm

    Haha, love the GIF.

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    abbygaile, Guest @ 1:01 pm

    Your Chomp Chomp picture is Ah-mazing! lol seriously, love it! I just said chomp, chomp out loud as I watched it! 😀 haha!

    We had 2 cakes a small 3-tier one in Tennessee where we were married and then a huge 4 tier one for our reception in Indiana after we came back from our honeymoon! I didn’t know how to cut either of them! The 1st one was almost frozen b/c the restaurant put it in the freezer from the baker! omgosh… we did not buy the fancy flutes or cutters.

    I used a high heel cake cutter I found on discount at Marshall’s! lol

    Just like that. and the heel has a magnet on it that slides off. that was as fancy as that was going to get! 😉

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