The way we cut cakes is wrong. That old traditional style of slicing a wedge and leaving the rest? It ruins the cake and creates imperfect slices. How can we cut it better? How can we eat more delicious cake? Numberphile says the most scientific way to cut a cake is to slice an entire strip from the middle of the cake. That way it keeps the cake perfectly moist and delicious.
Here’s how to do it:
- Make two cuts all the way through the cake to create a strip of cake
- Eat that delicious strip of cake
- Push the two halves of the cake together and hold it together with an elastic band
- When you want to eat it again, rotate the cake and cut a new strip of cake. It will be fresh and fantastic all the way through.
The mathematical method is a little cumbersome — you need to use elastic bands to wrap the cake — but it allows you to limit the exposure of the open cake which means a better tasting cake to eat later. And that — more cake — is all anyone really cares about, right?