How to Cut a Cake Into Eight Pieces With Three Knife Cuts

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Bar bets are neat tricks that almost anyone can perform. Ask a crowd if they think they can do something almost impossible, then take bets on whether you can do the task. After all bets are made, do the task in a totally unexpected way. Cutting a cake into eight equal pieces with only three cuts is the culinary version of a bar bet. Novice bakers and cake decorators have fallen for it for years. Make this bet, and earn your own week without dishes or floor scrubbing duty.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain cake
  • Serving plate
  • Sharp knife
  • Place a plain round cake onto a serving dish. Use an angel food cake, bundt cake or a single cake layer.

  • Make one cut vertically across the center of the cake. You now have a cake cut into two pieces.

  • Rotate the cake 90 degrees and make another cut vertically through the center of the cake. You now have a cake cut into four equal parts.

  • Hold your knife parallel to the plate. Cut the entire cake, horizontally, into two layers. Each layer will consist of four equal pieces, totaling eight pieces of cake in all.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pass out slices of cake to the losing bettors to help take the sting out of their losses.
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