IF you want to become the perfect host at your next party, you need these cake-cutting tips in your arsenal.
Cutting a cake sounds easy to do, but there is a right and wrong way to do it.
The cut of your cake will depend on the type of cake you have.
For circular cakes, do away with the wedge cut you were taught. It's messy and you hardly get enough slices.
Instead, cut your cake into big horizontal slices and then cut vertically to make individual slices for guests.
You can still control the size of slices you want but you will get double the amount of decent size slices.
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This method is quick, easy, and mess-free, and you will get your money's worth, considering cake is pretty expensive.
If you want a rectangular cake for your next gathering, try this method to get more slices out of your cake.
Instead of cutting horizontally and then vertically to make square slices, cut horizontally and then diagonally.
By cutting the slice on a diagonal, you are saving on the amount of cake per slice without the slices appearing as sad and puny.
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This trick is also great for guests who prefer a smaller slice and is perfect for big parties.
If you prefer ice cream cake, I have a hack for that as well.
Ice cream cake can be a pain because it's either too hard to cut or melts as you are cutting it.
Leave your cake in the freezer until 15 minutes before cutting.
After it has sat out at room temperature for 10 minutes, take a cup or pitcher, depending on the size of your knife, and put warm water in it.
Warm water from the sink is fine or you can microwave the water for 30 seconds to one minute.
Then, soak your knife in the water for two minutes before cutting the cake.
Make sure you have all of your plates, utensils, and napkins ready when you are cutting. Every second counts when it comes to ice cream cake.
A bonus tip for candles: If your candle breaks and you don't have another, use a lighter to fix it.
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Take a lighter or match, a barbeque lighter will be easiest for this, and slightly melt both broken ends.
Then, put the ends back together and it should remelt into one whole candle.
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