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The scientifically correct way to cut a round cake

Forget the usual triangles, THIS is how to do it...

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The scientifically correct way to cut a round cake

There's nothing like enjoying a freshly baked slice of cake with a cuppa, is there? But if you want to enjoy your delicious baked good on day two, three of even four, then you might want to check out the video tutorial below. 

Apparently the classic triangular slice method isn't the 'scientifically' correct way to cut a cake

Apparently the classic triangular slice method isn't the 'scientifically' correct way for how to cut a cake. To keep leftovers fresher for longer, writer and mathematician Alex Bellos recommends a different approach instead. A cake slicing method that has been around for over a century, in fact!

"There are good ways and there are bad ways of cutting a cake," he explains in the video below. The usual triangles? Bad!

Check out his video tutorial for how to cut a cake the right way and prepare to be amazed. He uses a traditional birthday cake, but we reckon this might come in handy this Christmas! Fast forward to two minutes in if you just want to see how the 'better' method works (and not the explanation why). 

Following a Letter to the Editor from weekly science magazine Nature, that dates back to December 1906, Alex cuts his round cake not in triangles, but down the middle instead. Shocking, we know! 

He then removes one long rectangular piece at a time, then pushes the two remaining halves (and then four quarters) back together again, thereby keeping the cake lovely and fresh. 

Who knew you could have your cake and cut it correctly, too?

Will you be giving this cake cutting method a go? We wonder how it would work with a classic Christmas cake or a special chocolate cake? Let us know what you think on social media using #goodliving.