You Might Have Been Cutting The Cakes Totally Wrong All Your Life

It’s a lie if you say you don’t like celebrating your birthday! Okay, you might have a reason for it, but common it was the day when someone special was born, which is you! How can you not be happy about it? Though the numbers increase faster than you’d imagine!

Does it ever cross your mind why we celebrate our birthday with cakes, candles and cut the cakes in triangles, ever? Yes, we pay attention to all possible scraps of knowledge and it doesn’t hurt to be smart! Here’s the reason why!

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The fact behind it is, in Ancient Greek Mythology, people use to honor Artemis, the Moon Goddess with round cakes, so the cake represents the moon and the candles are its reflection. Also, the “Make a Wish” tradition originated due to the belief that smoke carried their prayers and wishes to the Gods in the skies.

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Now, what if I told you, you’ve been cutting your cake in the wrong way all these years? Yeah, I’m talking about the slice from an angle to the center making a triangular piece.

Scientifically it’s supposed to be cut into rectangular pieces which keeps the cake fresh and moist for a longer period.

There is also a Youtube video featuring Bellos and produced by Numberphile that explains and shows why cakes should be cut into rectangles. 

Here’s a step by step demonstration.

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1. Cut the cake in half with a knife.

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2. Cut another straight line parallel to the first one making a long rectangle piece.

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3. Remove the rectangular slice and keep it aside.

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4. Now, squeeze the remaining half together into one piece.

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5. Put a rubber band on the cake and start cutting through the middle making four parts of the cake.

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6. Cut another line parallel to the previous line, and this time you’ll get two rectangular pieces.

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7. Remove those slices and keep going until you have a plate full of rectangular cake slices.

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Watch the entire video here.

The main reason for cutting the cake in this way is to save the cake from drying out after you leave it in the refrigerator overnight. Because the air in the cake gets soaked up if it’s left open. So by stacking the cake back together in this method, it keeps it warm and soft on the inside. I am so trying this method on my next birthday, which is possible if they don’t finish the whole cake!

(h/t: Insider)
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