(Closed) Caterer NOT cutting wedding cake?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 33
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4485 posts
Honey bee

Be glad that you don’t have to pay a cutting fee since that is what many brides complain about that they don’t understand why they are paying it. Cutting a wedding cake is not as difficult as people make it out to be. Older women in most families have been cutting wedding cakes forever so they are generally the experts. Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about it.

Some caterers do cut the cake, but only if they are providing it. If you get your cake from a bakery instead, as most do, you are on your own for cutting it unless the baker sticks around to do the honors, and most do not.

Post # 34
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899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I personally think it is dumb to charge a fee to cut a cake, but a lot of places do it. You have to be careful because not only will the caterer charge you, but if you ask a member of the staff at the venue, they will often charge you as well.

I would see if you can find a friend or a family member that would be willing to do it for you.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I know that most cake cutting diagrams want you to cut little wedges, and usually the end result is not pretty. I have cut wedding cakes before, and honestly, the best way to do it is to square off the cake. People get a little bit more of a substantial piece and it’s super simple to cut it this way.

Like this (aka The Easy Way):

Not like this (AKA The Hard Way):

Post # 36
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4485 posts
Honey bee

The trianglular wedges (2nd pic) are impossible to cut which is why so many people want someone else to do it. Plus, becausse they are so small, your guests don’t get to taste anything hardly. The square edges (1st pic) is easy for anyone to do with no prior experience.

Post # 37
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1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m in Edmonton, and I only had two out of 5 caterers that wouldn’t cut my cake for free. One wouldn’t touch it at all, and another wanted $0.75 a slice. The one I hired didn’t even blink at cutting my cakes, pies and serving ice cream – all without an additional cost. I feel like we’re in the same region for wedding costs – I’d ask around and make sure that $1.75 is actually normal. It’s unusual for them to want you to do it.

Post # 38
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SandyThePoet: the only problem is that now the pieces are not a uniform size.  Do you get the same amount of servings when cutting this way?

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Ember78: I can only think of what my mom would say if I told her she was going to cut our cake. 😉

 

OP, are cupcakes an option?

Post # 41
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1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Normally someone is given the cake cutting duty, like an Aunt or niece or cousin. I have already asked one of my good friends to be our cake cutter/server for our wedding, and she was happy to do this for us. I find that the squared off cuts are more uniform. For the bigger tiers, just cut more rows. I try to give everyone a 2×2 inch wedge.

Post # 42
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Worker bee

I am in my 50s and 30 years ago I cut my cousin’s cakes.  This was done all the time by younger people not in the wedding party.  I decorated cakes at the time and so I knew how to cut them.  My sisters and friends did not and the pieces were much too large and we would run out of cake.  Bridesmaids were never expected to cut or serve the cake.  The cake slices were put on plates and people came and got them.  Another thing 20-30 years ago more cakes were made with pillars and cake layers are separated much easier than stacked cakes of today.  I would be happy to save the bride $ to cut a cake but I think a person should know what they are doing and know how the cake is constructed.  Especially when they separate each layer. Make sure they have a larger platter to move each layer over to before cutting.  Each cake will be on its own plate but the plate will be too small for the actual cutting (it would make a mess) There probably are older people attending your wedding who have cut wedding cakes. I am sure they would do it for you.   I laugh thinking of a bride trying to cut her own cake to serve the guests or the guests cutting their own piece.

 

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