Best Cake Cutting Songs

What are the best wedding cake cutting songs?

Cutting the wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions associated with the wedding reception. It began with the Romans almost 2000 years ago…yes, they baked cakes back then, just not the kind we’re accustomed to eating at weddings these days. Around 100 A.D., small wheat and salt cakes were prepared (which don’t sound like they would taste good) for the wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, the groom would eat part of it before breaking the rest over his bride’s head. Guests would then attempt to catch a portion of this cake to take home for good luck.

Through the years, the cake grew larger until it was not only impractical to break it over the bride’s head, it became nearly impossible. Over time, this tradition disappeared and the idea of a sweeter, tastier cake emerged. Yay!  Most people believe this transition began in the 1600s with a French chef who came to visit King Charles II. The chef was appalled as he watched wedding guests pile sweet buns higher and higher while the bride and groom attempted to kiss over them (which would bring them prosperity). The chef decided to create his own tiered system, which used cut broom sticks to separate the layers.

To create such an elaborate large cake, days of preparation were needed and the wedding cake was often frosted in lard (which sounds really gross) to prevent it from drying out. The lard was then scraped off before the cake was served. Eventually, someone had the idea that it would be much easier to add sugar to the lard rather than scraping the lard off. The concept of cutting the cake is supposed to be symbolic of the bride and groom’s new life together, as it is the first task they perform together after the ceremony.

When it comes to this special time in your reception, you’ll want a song specifically for this memorable moment. Awkward silence is not what you want to hear as you cut into your new life together, but instead some joyful love song that  makes everyone smile for the inevitable pictures!  Whether the bride and groom choose to be playful or formal as they feed each other for the first time in public, be sure to choose a song with a happy flow.  If you have a sense of humor, you could even create a reaction from the crowd.  For instance, “Anticipation” would be a fun song as the bride teases the groom with the cake, making him reach for it as the song lyrics linger.  Some couples choose a romantic selection like those found on the First Dance Songs and Unity Candle Songs pages.  Whether you want whimsical or meaningful, choose a song that creates a moment you and your guests will remember forever!

We have some of the best cake cutting songs listed below. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of the songs is provided below the playlist.

Best Wedding Cake Cutting Songs

  1. “A Wink and a Smile” performed by Harry Connick, Jr.
  2. “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” performed by Dean Martin
  3. “Arthur’s Theme” performed by Christopher Cross
  4. “Axel F” performed by Harold Faltermeyer
  5. “Better Be Good to Me” performed by Tina Turner
  6. “Chapel of Love” performed by Dixie Cups
  7. “Cut the Cake” performed by Average White Band
  8. “Cuts Like a Knife” performed by Bryan Adams
  9. “December 1963” performed by Four Seasons
  10. “Eat It” performed by Weird Al Yankovic
  11. “Grow Old With You” performed by Stephen Lynch (in The Wedding Singer)
  12. “Happy Together” performed by The Turtles
  13. “Happy Trails” performed by Van Halen
  14. “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” performed by Pat Benatar
  15. “How Sweet It Is” performed by James Taylor
  16. “Hungry Eyes” performed by Eric Carmen
  17. “I Get A Kick Out Of You” performed by Frank Sinatra
  18. “I Got You Babe” performed by Sonny & Cher
  19. “Ice Cream” performed by Sarah Mclachlan
  20. “If I had a $1,000,000” performed by the Barenaked Ladies
  21. “It’s Your Love” performed by Tim Mcgraw & Faith Hill
  22. “Jaws Theme” performed by John Williams
  23. “L-O-V-E” performed by Nat King Cole
  24. “Love and Marriage” performed by Frank Sinatra
  25. “Love Me Tender” performed by Elvis Presley
  26. “Mack the Knife” performed by Bobby Darin or Frank Sinatra
  27. “Oh Yeah” performed by Yello
  28. “Only Wanna Be With You” performed by Hootie & the Blowfish
  29. “Peter Gunn Theme” performed by Various Artists
  30. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” performed by Def Leppard
  31. “Recipe For Love” performed by Harry Connick Jr.
  32. “Sugar, Sugar” performed by The Archies
  33. “Sweetest Thing” performed by U2
  34. “That’s Amore” performed by Dean Martin
  35. “The Bride Cuts the Cake” performed by various artists
  36. “The Sweet Escape” performed by Gwen Stefani
  37. “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” performed by Lauryn Hill
  38. “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” performed by Tony Bennet, Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole and others
  39. “When I’m 64” performed by The Beatles or John Denver
  40. “We’ve Only Just Begun” performed by The Carpenters
  41. “Yummy Yummy Yummy” performed by Ohio Express


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