How to Cut a Round Cake

If you and your family do a coin toss to see which unlikely person gets to cut the round birthday cake, you’re not alone. Plenty of people try to avoid the dreaded cake-cutting process. Well, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. With the right knife and technique, you can cut like a pro.

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I have yet to meet a cake I didn’t like. But cutting wasn’t always the easiest thing to do. After a lot of practice, though, I can finally say that I can cut all kinds of shapes of cakes without it looking like a cake bomb exploded in my kitchen.

If you’re wondering how to cut a round cake, keep reading. I’m sharing three different easy and quick ways to get the perfect cut every time. By the end, you will be gladly volunteer to cut the cake at your next event!

Let’s dive into the cakes!

What’s the Best Way to Cut a Round Cake

There are three easy ways to cut a round cake. That means you have got plenty of options! If one method doesn’t work for you, another one will. Oh, and did I mention I will be sharing a few other helpful tips at the end?

Method 1: Quick Triangles

When you see a round cake, your first thought is to start slicing equal-sized triangles; and guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, this is probably the simplest way to cut your cake into triangles and start devouring delicious cakes. 

But driving your knife into the cake willy-nilly is not going to reap success. There are three things to remember: use a serrated knife, heat the knife in hot water, and be precise. When you’re all set for game time, do the following:

  1. Place your serrated knife in hot water to “heat up.”
  2. Slice the cake right down the middle.
  3. Cut into fours.
  4. Cut into smaller, equal-sized triangles.

Now, after you cut the cake in halves and fourths, it shouldn’t be too difficult to create equal-sized pieces. But if you want to go the extra mile for perfection, you can always use a ruler to make sure it’s perfect. I don’t think party guests will notice slight differences, though!

Method 2: Strips

Um, a round cake cut into strips? Come again? I know; it sounds like an oxymoron. But I promise you it’s easier and cooler than you think. Actually, using this technique might be easier than the triangle method. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Warm your serrated knife in hot water.
  2. Cut the cake lengthwise into sections, around two or three inches.
  3. Lay a section of cake on a flat surface.
  4. Cut into smaller strips.

The size of the strips depends entirely on you. With small-sized strips, a typical round cake that feeds eight people can easily feed 20+. So, if you’re on a budget and want to get more use out of your round cake, this may be the right method for you.

Method 3: Double Cut

The final option is to perform the notorious “double cut” With this cutting style, you will essentially be creating two cakes out of a single round cake. For this method, you will need your heated serrated knife, of course. Then, do the following:

  1. Cut a circle in the middle of the cake. The goal here is to create the same length. So, if the outer circle is three inches, then the inner circle should be three inches, too. You may want to use a ruler for this.
  2. Slice the outer circle into small, servable pieces.
  3. When you’ve finished with the exterior, start cutting into the interior cake.

This is another great option for those that want to utilize every inch of their round cake. Since you’re essentially getting two cakes for the price of one, you can feed more people, although the slices may be smaller than the “normal” piece of cake.

One handy tip to remember for all methods is that the knife should be cleaned after each cut. By doing so, you will have a cleaner slice of cake that looks like it came right out of a professional bakeshop. Prepare to wow your guests!


Now that we know three round cake cutting skills, it’s time to dive into some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this topic. Let’s take a closer look, cake cutters!

What is the best way to cut a round cake?

It really comes down to personal preference. If you want a quick method that renders big slices of cake, cutting it into big triangles is the best. If you want smaller pieces to serve more people, then the strip or double-cut method is ideal.

How do you cut a cake without it crumbling?

To avoid notorious cake crumbling while cutting, the best thing to do is use a warmed-up serrated knife. It should be cleaned after every slice. Also, make sure that it is cooled down entirely before attempting to cut it if it is a freshly baked cake.

How do you cut a round cake in half?

It’s pretty simple, really. You can eyeball it or use a ruler to make sure you’re cutting the cake into two equal parts. From there, just take your knife and cut right down the middle. Try to avoid a seesaw motion as this can cause an unsightly crumbling.

How to cut a round cake into 10 pieces?

Being so precise with the number of slices can be challenging but not impossible. The best thing to do is to start by cutting the cake in half. Then, cut five slices on each side. Use a ruler if necessary.

Final Thoughts

Cutting a round cake doesn’t have to be challenging. There are three ways to do it, each producing a different shape and size of cake. The key is to remember to use a warmed-up serrated knife and clean after each cut. Avoid a sawing motion and use a ruler if needed.

How do you cut a round cake? Do you use one of these methods, and which one is your favorite? Share with us below!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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