So the cake of your dreams has got the guests oohing and aahing but when it comes to being served it's unrecognizable and looks like a dog's breakfast. I've been to so many weddings where I've made the cake and, can you believe it, they ask me to cut it up for the guests. It's a terribly embarrassing situation especially in posh places where you'd think they'd have it sorted. Sometimes finding a suitably sharp knife has been the biggest problem. Take a deep breath and let me give you the low down on the professional way.
When to Cut the Wedding Cake
There used to be etiquette involved when considering 'when to cut a wedding cake'. The cake typically gets cut at the end of the meal/food/snacks. However, these days, the wedding cake may be cut whenever suits the bride and groom. A popular choice is directly after the photographs have been taken, being served with either champagne or tea.
When the happy couple put that knife in to the cake, it has to be, without doubt, right in to the middle of the bottom tier (or as close to the middle as possible) and take the cut right down to the bottom board. As soon as this has been done, it should be taken away tier by tier to be cut in the confines of the kitchen and not in front of your guests, as I have seen on a few occasions.
Up to this point, it's advisable to keep the cake as cool as possible. There is nothing easier than cutting a cold cake, it's the best way to get a perfect cut. With a very sharp knife, the tier should be cut straight across the center, giving you two similar halves. Then slice each half into slices approximately 2 cm thick. Lay each slice flat and cut it into 2 cm pieces, giving elegant finger shaped pieces of 2 cm x 2 cm (sponge cakes require slightly larger pieces due to their delicate nature). A taste is all that is required. The cake can then be arranged on platters and offered to your guests.
Storing the Cake
It is traditional to keep a tier for a later celebration but this only applies to rich fruit cake. It can be kept in an airtight container for a year or two but in my experience, a cake older than that tastes like it so is often disappointing. My advise to you would be to have the cake of your dreams and enjoy it on your wedding day.