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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kitchen Tip: How To Perfectly Cut the First Slice of Cake

I am SOOOOO excited about today’s post for two reasons. Reason #1: how gorgeous is my birthday cake? (In case you’re wondering, the cake is from Extraordinary Desserts and is called The Viking. Nate buys this cake for me as a gift every year and it is the reason I live for my birthday.)

my favorite cake in the WORLD - the viking from extraordinary desserts (from @janemaynard)

Reason #2 I am excited about today’s post: I have a spectacular new kitchen tip for you.

When Nate picked my cake up last week at Extraordinary Desserts, they told him to use a hot knife to cut the cake, a tip we already know and love (simply hold the knife under hot water for 45 seconds, dry it off and then cut – smooth as silk!). But they also taught him how to perfectly cut the first slice of cake, and it’s so simple! Here’s what they had to say on the subject:

“Use two knives to cut the first piece.”

how to easily and perfectly cut the first slice of cake from @janemaynard

Why we were never given that tip before I’ll never know, but I’ll tell you what. BEST. TIP. EVER. Nate mentioned their comment as we were about to cut the cake and were both like, “Two knives? Huh?” And then we tried it and WOW. It’s just so easy to slide that first slice right out of the cake when you have two hot knives simultaneously pulling it out. Amazing.

perfectly cut first slice of cake

Just one more reason to love Extraordinary Desserts, as if I needed another! I will never be scared to cut into a cake again!

Side note: You can make this cake, the recipe is included in the book Extraordinary Cakes by Karen Krasne, the pastry chef behind Extraordinary Desserts. The cake involves six recipes…you’ve been warned!


  1. GREAT tip! Now I need some cake so I can test it out. 😉

  2. The simplicity is its brilliance! Great. Now I need chocolate cake….by the truckload.

  3. 3

    Oh wow! I am pinning that!

  4. 5

    i miss that place! that cake is soooo delicious!

  5. I’m definitely trying this next time I cut a cake.

  6. I’m so going to try this!!

  7. You have just SAVED sooo much frustration for me. Can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before!

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    Goodness gracious — AWESOME!

  9. This is a great tip! I’m also scared to cut the first slice of cake. My solution has always been to hand the knife to my husband and walk away, but I’ll have to try this on.

    • haha! I think that’s a good strategy. last year I made a beautiful ganache cake for nate’s birthday and his coworker was here watching me struggle with the first piece. he’s a very mild, quiet guy, and even HE just walked up, took the knife out of my hands and told me not to worry about it 😉 now I’ll finally be able to handle myself around a cake! 😉

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