We live in a time of sky scraper cakes where taller is better, where extreme baking has become commonplace and where social media continues to influence our daily choices, be it that smoothie bowl you saw this morning or the mud cake tower you saw this afternoon. For us nothing takes the cake like, well, cake but what do you do when you’ve created a multilayer beast and traditional cake cutting methods just leaves you in a heap of icing and crumbs leaving behind a Leaning Tower of Pisa?

A recent cake cutting video went viral for this very reason, offering us a solution to the messy business of cutting tall cakes. Shared by Katherine Sabbath, known for cakes as tall as they are breathtaking, it demonstrates using a long knife and a cutting board, supporting the entire side of the cake while cutting it and laying it down onto the cutting board. After that, simply cut vertical pieces of the tall cake before setting them down onto a plate or serving tray.

We decided to put this cake cutting method to the test with one of our own cakes. We chose a 15 cm (6 inch) Orange cake. We estimate the slices on this cake to be 8 to 10 slices using the traditional cutting method, but using Katherine Sabbath’s method, we were able to yield 16 delicious “responsible” servings of cake fingers using the cutting guidelines below.


For cleaner and smoother cuts, be sure to have a jug of hot water and a clean cloth, clean your knife by dipping it into the hot water, dry it with a cloth before cutting your next cake slice.

This cutting method works well at a party where other cakes and treats are also served, but the best thing about this is you can always get up for seconds and thirds! Here is a step by step video.