Ready to learn how to cut a round cake? Do you know how to cut the perfect piece of cake? There has to be a better way for cake cutting than just making rectangular slices over and over again.I can not be the only person that didn’t know how to properly cut a round cake right? I always felt like I had to cut all of the way through the cake like a pie or something which can create HUGE pieces of cake.I had no idea that there was a method for cutting a round cake! Now I’ll be able to cut round cakes like a pro!Don’t ruin the look of your delicious cake without reading these helpful tips first. You just might find that you’re an expert cake cutter once you figure out the easiest way to make clean slices into the side of your cake.

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How to Cut A Round Cake Perfectly!

So when I normally cut a cake, you get a huge piece! This means a ton of the cake gets wasted by most people. That cake should go way farther than it does, I just need to do it right and I will have the perfect slices every time!

Well, Wilton shared a secret strategy to cut perfect slices on a round cake! Their method works for 8-inch or 16-inch cakes and you can have professional-looking, uniform slices! Apparently, the only size cake that should be cut into wedges as I do is a 6-inch sized cake!

Even though you might be tempted to serve up the entire cake to yourself, the first time you use these tips to make cake slices, you’re going to love the ease of making smaller pieces with a perfect cut.

Some cake recipes to try this cake cutting method on Snickers Poke Cake, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and Strawberry Jello Poke Cake!

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The Best Way to Cut A Cake

According to Wilton, the best way to cut a round cake is to first cut a round circle about 2 inches in from the outer edge of the cake. Then you cut that outer circle into pieces that are about 1 1/2 inches.

This leaves you with a round cake that is 6 inches, and that you will just cut into slices. Check out this video from Wilton to see it happen in action!

How to cut a round cake for a party 

If your round cake is a larger size, like 12 inches or 16 inches, well you would repeat the first part where you cut a circle 2 inches in and then cut it into pieces. Repeat this until you get down to the 6 inches again! How easy is that? The inner part can be sliced into about 12 wedges!

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So from an 8-inch round cake, you can get 30-33 servings from it. That is like magic! Am I the only one that did not know how to do this?

The best “cutting a round cake hack” that everyone needs to know! 

These tips for making the best portion size work great on wedding cakes, party cakes, tiered cakes, multi cake layers, as well as the first slice of cake, too. Be sure to check out this post for over 35 easy cake mix recipe hacks! Before you know it, you will be the queen of the cakes! Well, eventually right?

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Common Questions 

If you cut it the right way, you should be able to serve 32 people! 

The key to cutting a cake without it falling apart is that you need to use a thin-bladed knife. If the blade is too thick, it’s not going to do well with the moist cake. 

You also don’t want to just push the knife straight down into the cake. Make a back and forth motion while you’re cutting with the knife and it should cut easily without the cake crumbling. 

For more amazing hacks in the kitchen, try these posts next! 

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Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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