This Mathematician Thinks He’s Discovered a Better Way to Cut Cake


This mathematics-based slice-cutting tutorial dispenses with the age-old practice of doling out wedge-shaped chunks, piece by piece, in favor of removing square secions from the center of an ever-diminishing cake. You’ve got to first cut the whole thing into quadrants, writer and cake enthusiast Alex Bellos explains, and you must be comfortable with fashioning rubber bands around your cake when it goes back into the refrigerator for storage. But follow this technique and you can harness the relative nonporous nature of icing, and essentially keep your cake fresher for longer than it would last otherwise. All of this is to say it’s the most ideal technique for instances when you want to hoard an entire cake by yourself.

Here’s how to cut a cake perfectly, according to science [Sploid]