How to Cut a Cake Layer in Half


Cake decorating can be a wonderful, stress relieving, rewarding hobby or job. Layering a cake allows the baker to use flavored fillings, enhancing the taste and beauty of the cake. However, all that relaxation and pride can instantly disappear if can't accomplish cutting the cake in half. In this business, perfection is everything. Here's how to cut a layered cake in half.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Toothpicks
  • Serrated knife
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before you attempt to cut the cake in half. A hot or warm cake crumbles much more easily, ruining the evenness of the cake layers.

  • Place the cooled cake on a flat, level surface. If the platform you place the cake on is not even, neither will the cut of the cake.

  • Use a ruler to measure an equal height all around the cake. Use a dab of frosting to mark the spot if you don't have any toothpicks available.

  • Insert at least four toothpicks horizontally, evenly spaced, just below the measured, desired height.

  • Cut the cake with a serrated knife just above the toothpicks with slow, even strokes. The fewer strokes used to cut the cake in half, the cleaner the cut and the fewer the crumbs that will fall.

  • Remove the top layer carefully so you don't split the cake in two, and place it on a separate, flat surface until needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more exact, level cut, use a cake leveler to cut the cake in half. You can purchase this cake tool at cookware stores and even some grocery stores.
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