You’ve been cutting your cake all wrong

Major wedding cake news brides and grooms!

Photo | Brae Howard

Whether it’s your wedding cake or birthday cake, we’ve all cut a slice of cake at one point or another in our lives. And it’s pretty simple right? We’d go so far as to say it’s a piece of cake – Sorry, it had to be done.


Except, well, we’ve been doing it ALL wrong! Yes, it turns out there is a scientific way to cut your cake which ensures it stays moist and lasts longer.

Let’s face it, no one likes a stale piece of cake, even if it is washed down with an excellent cup of tea.


Mathematician Alex Bellos explains that cutting triangles the “classic” way means the exposed bits of cake are going to get dry, leaving the next slice dry on one side and moist on the other.

In other words, you “are not maximising the amount of gastronomic pleasure” that you can make from a cake.

The better way? It was discovered over 100 years ago by one of Britain’s most famous mathematical scientists, and involves cutting one large slice across the middle of the cake, so it’s cut in half.

Then you push the remaining two halves together, closing the cake and ensuring the moisture remains. Repeat the process the other way round, so that you are always left with a more or less round shape.


Confusing? Watch the fascinating tutorial below…