The Simpler, Better Way to Cut a Cake You’ve Probably Never Heard About [VIDEO]


Considering how many things we do “wrong” nowadays (like using ketchup cups, peeling oranges, eating chicken wings like a lady), you can’t help but wonder why we listen to our forefathers at all. Take cake-cutting for example. For as long as we’ve known, people have employed the exact same method for cutting into round cakes: carving off triangular slices and leaving the leftovers to sit in the fridge.

Well, apparently this method sucks.

Earlier today, British mathematician Alex Bellos decided to instruct the world on the most mathematically efficient technique for cake cutting. The problem, Bellos explains in his “Scientific Way to Cut a Cake” video, is that once your individual slice is removed, the remaining exposed insides will slowly dry out. Because of this, “you’re not maximizing the amount of gastronomic pleasure that you can make from this cake.”

Instead, the answer is to cut the round cake like you would a rectangular sheet cake. That is, in cake-long rectangular strips. Then, once your strip is removed, the rest of the cake can be squished and held together with a rubber band to minimize aeration and maximize moist delicious goodness.

It should be noted that the sides of Bellos’s video cake seem to be lined with firm, sugary fondant, which is able to withstand the pressure of the rubber band. We’re not sure so sure how well something like buttercream would hold up.

Though, alternatively, we could just eat the whole cake in one go.

H/T Digg + Picthx SanFranAnnie

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

8 replies on “The Simpler, Better Way to Cut a Cake You’ve Probably Never Heard About [VIDEO]”

I couldn’t even get through the first 30 seconds, so if I missed something epic, I guess it’s my loss. But all this “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG” crap that’s popping up everywhere these days is really getting on my nerves and as soon as he said cutting a cake the usual way is the “bad” way, I turned it off.

I don’t really GIVE a f**k how I’m supposed to cut a cake or if I’m doing it the wrong way. Mmmmmmkay?

some of them are actually really neat, but this cake cutting? no, cutting the entire cake in half twice to get one long slice, and then rubber banding the remaining sides together to keep them “fresh” is not going to keep them fresh.

LOL, that and it’s overkill. Just eat the blasted cake and if any of it sits too long and goes stale, pitch it out and buy/bake a new one. It’s not like cake costs $100 a pop.

When the aliens come, I hope they don’t think we cut our cakes like this. We will get laughed at and lose our Galactic Council nomination. They’ll turn their ships around and go right back home.

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