(Closed) Call me dumb, but what’s the protocol for cutting the cake?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think, usually, you just cut a small piece of the bottom tier.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

we cut the corner of the bottom tier. but make sure you have a plate and a fork handy. we didn’t have a fork nearby so i fed mr. sew with the big fat knife. 😛 they told me later i was supposed to use my fingers. bah!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

We cut a teeny little 1″ by 1″ piece from the back of the cake and used our fingers to feed each other. There was no way we were going to be able to take an actual slice out of the cake because each layer took up almost all of the layer below it. Ahhh well. It eliminated my cake to the face fears because we only had a tiny mouthful each.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

ok so first: who is cutting your cake? Normally the caterer takes care of cutting the slices for the guests.  They’ll know how to do this – if not you can find a guide here

http://www.simplycakesnc.com/Gallery.htm (click how to cut tiered/wedding cake pdf)

As far as the bride/groom photo opp cutting the cake – normally its best to cut a small piece from the bottom tier.  It doesn’t matter how big or small it is.  Just maybe a few inches in.  The staff will just work around whatever slice you’ve made later.  Make sure you’ve got the cutting set, a plate, forks if wanted and a napkin handy!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

And interesting fact, bridal superstition says that he should feed you first! I forget why this is though.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

To add to the details…I read that his hand goes on top. Does that even matter? Also, I read that he feeds you first, as someone else mentioned.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

You know, wasn’t there a Bee who was very adamant about proper holding of the knife during cake cutting? Can’t for the life of me remember who it was, but she was very serious about the wife’s hand being on the knife and the husband’s hand being over the wife’s. Can’t remember who she was but darned if I don’t remember the proper way to cut a cake now. 😉

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The woman’s hand is on bottom because while she “rules the house” the husband “protects” it. And he feeds you first as a sign of providing for you.

Just FYI 😀

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We cut the from the bottom tier.  We didn’t really think about whose hand was on top though.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We just cut a normal looking cake slice (though thinner) in the bottom tier. The caterer cut around it!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We cut all way across the top tier, effectively cutting 2 slices, the back one fell off and slipped down the cake. It was really funny!

Post # 16
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Honey bee

You can do whatever you want. There are no rules. Most people cut a chunk from the bottom tier, even though most bakers and magazines say to do the middle but it really doesn’t matter.

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