How to Cut a Cake—the “Scientific” Way

Okay, maybe there’s no wrong way to cut a cake, so long as it all ends up in the right place (your stomach). But if you’re looking to preserve the freshness of the part you can’t finish, you may want to reconsider your approach. And author Alex Bellos has some slice advice.

“You’re not maximizing the amount of gastronomic pleasure that you can make from this cake,” says Bellos, of cake eaters who go the traditional wedge route, in a recently posted YouTube video where he demonstrates the best way to eat a round cake. “There is a better way.”

Borrowing the early 1900s methodology employed by British scientist Sir Francis Galton, instead of slicing triangular pieces, you should begin by cutting straight across the middle of a round cake and removing a cross-section. When you’re done, you can push together the remaining half-moon pieces, preserving its softness. This way, you don’t get the dry, crusty, inside walls left when removing a standard wedge.