(Closed) Who Cuts the Cake?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I work for a hotel, and we have someone trained to cut the cake.  It is not as easy as it looks. I would not let a family member do it.

Post # 4
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I agree, that it is probably worth the $100 to have someone do it correctly. 🙂

Post # 5
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521 posts
Busy bee

Besides the ceremonial cutting and feeding by the bride and groom, I’ve always seen a friend or relative who had a clue doing it. Good luck! I won’t pay $500 for that. I will have a handful of helpful female relatives who could probably tag team it. I will talk to them specifically about how to cut the cake…or maybe we are having cupcakes or an assortment of wonderful desserts from our favorite bakery…will still take advantage of those handy females! I think you can get diagrams for cake cutting that you can show to your cake cutters!

Post # 6
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829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Man they really find every way to make a dime dont they? Have a family member do it if you like.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Oops! I meant I wouldn’t pay $100 for that. Or $500 (Kiss)!

Post # 8
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee

I may have heard of caterer’s charging a fee, but our caterer did it for my daughter, he didn’t charge an extra price, and he put the pieces of cake on plates that I bought, but they don’t clean up the cake after, (officially finished after dishing up the cake) so I bought clear plastic plates and forks, so that they could just be thrown away after. The pieces of cake were just set out on a table for the guests to go and take a piece, (was announced by the awesome DJ) so they were not served which was fine.  I bet you could google how to cut wedding cakes, and I would think female friends/family members could do it for you!  Also, there was extra food and cake leftover, and family came in from OOT.  Our very nice caterer made sure to tell me to bring containers for leftover food & cake beforehand, so I made sure to pack aluminum and cardboard containers from dollartree!  Yay!  Served leftovers in my backyard the next day.  Just remind him if you want to save the top laver for your anniversary-he forgot! So I think I will make “the kids” a cake for their first anniversary!

Post # 9
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee

I may have heard of caterer’s charging a fee, but our caterer did it for my daughter, he didn’t charge an extra price, and he put the pieces of cake on plates that I bought, but they don’t clean up the cake after, (officially finished after dishing up the cake) so I bought clear plastic plates and forks, so that they could just be thrown away after. The pieces of cake were just set out on a table for the guests to go and take a piece, (was announced by the awesome DJ) so they were not served which was fine.  I bet you could google how to cut wedding cakes, and I would think female friends/family members could do it for you!  Also, there was extra food and cake leftover, and family came in from OOT.  Our very nice caterer made sure to tell me to bring containers for leftover food & cake beforehand, so I made sure to pack aluminum and cardboard containers from dollartree!  Yay!  Served leftovers in my backyard the next day.  Just remind him if you want to save the top laver for your anniversary-he forgot! So I think I will make “the kids” a cake for their first anniversary!

Post # 10
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7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I can’t believe that they are charging to cut the cake! After the first cut (with FI and me) my cake baker is going to cut it.

Post # 11
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690 posts
Busy bee

Unfortunately it is VERY VERY common here to get charged a cake cutting fee – AND they don’t let you cut it yourself!  Luckily, my venue is doing it free of charge.  If you have someone you can trust (preferably who is familar with cakes!) I would seriously consider asking them to do it, and making sure you provide them a brief guide on cake cutting your shape/size of cake

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I ask my caterer and they told me that it was too messing and greasy to let a family member that you love do it. She wasn’t against having someone else do it, but she did say that they will not be fond of you for awhile. My mother told me that it was customary to let a family member do it, but this was also in a time when the reception was usually small and not a big deal like it is today.  Im letting my caterer do it, because I dont want family members to get mad. Plus they should enjoy the day too!

Post # 13
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523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

usually a server would do it. $100 seems a bit steep, but it is a big job. you’d think it would be easy, but its not. your back ends up hurting and if you don’t know what you are doing, you won’t get the servings you are supposed to. There is actually a way to cut it, check out the link below

http://www.rentrain.com/masterrentalcenter/weddingcake.php

a family member can do it, if you really want to save the money…

Post # 14
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2682 posts
Sugar bee

Our banquet staff cut our cake for us for no cost.  Most places offer cake cutting from their wait staff, its usually anywhere from $1.50-$4 per person to cut and serve the cake.  I would highly suggest having someone from the catering staff cut and serve.  Like bridegrl said, it takes awhile, it gets pretty messy and you might not want your family member taking cake to all the tables.

Post # 15
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803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

surprisingly, wedding cake isnt just like cutting a sheet cake and there is actually a correct way of doing it. it can be super messy and if not cut correclty, it wont feed everyone. i would pay the $100 to have it cut.

Post # 16
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7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It might be a lot of stress for someone that is a friend to do it- I would hire someone, sorry!

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