The Numberphile Shows The Scientific Way To Cut A Cake [VIDEO]
It seems for the longest time, we’ve been cutting cake the wrong way! According to the Numberphile, there is a scientific way to cut cake… and it makes a lot of sense too!
In a related report by The Inquisitr, we brought you how to cut a mango correctly thanks to Alton Brown. We also showed you some interesting kitchen hacks. I personally use the two plate trick for cutting cherry tomatoes now. Saves me so much time!
Back to this awesome video, prior to actually showing anything, the Numberphile, Alex Bellos, explains that cutting cake just like a pizza pie is technically lacking in common sense. First, after we place the cake back into the fridge when we are done cutting out its first slice, the next slice (which is usually adjacent to the gap of the first) isn’t as good because one side is now hard due to being exposed to the air. I don’t know about you but stale cake is only good for feeding fishes. That is where the Numberphile comes in.
By what is explained, the piece of cake will be a thin slice through the center of the cake. Bellos than explains that the thin slice looks more enticing compared to the pie slice, which I believe so too. It looks bigger far more manageable on a plate. Afterwards, the two halves of the circle are pushed together so that none of the cake is exposed to the air. Then the next day, you just repeat the process but 90 degrees from its midpoint so you don’t get two super-thin slices. Actually, Bellos is following the cake-cutting method explained by Sir Francis Galton.
This method also works for sheet cakes too, and in a way, it would be easier… being square or rectangular I mean.
So what do you all think? Is this a better way of cutting a piece of cake, is it just pretentious, nerdy, and over-thought? Let us know in the comments below.
[Image via Numberphile Youtube Video, The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake]