There are few social activities as stressful as the act of cake-cutting at a party. It's an awful ordeal, being tasked with portioning pieces in a way that feels fair. You’ve got to eyeball carefully, and one miscalculation can result in sad, misshapen wedges. That’s no fun.
There’s been a video making the rounds on Instagram peddling a technique that’s been heralded as “mesmerizing” and “ingenious.” The video’s amassed over 1.3 million views. It involves taking a cutting board and knife and slicing the cake horizontally against the cutting board before taking that slab and slicing it into equal-sized strips. Watching it, I gasped at least three times.
The blogger behind this is Sydney-based Katherine Sabbath, a reformed high school teacher turned self-described “cake creative.” She’s a frankenfood magician, her aesthetic frenzied and joltingly colorful; Sabbath’s been credited as one of the progenitors of the unicorn food movement.
For some, this so-called "hack" is no revelation at all, and Sabbath isn’t exactly claiming to be its author. Sabbath has ripped a page from the playbook of wedding caterers who’ve been doing this for years. Nevertheless, the quick spread of this video implies that this technique isn’t exactly a mainstream practice. If you haven’t cut your cake this way before, now’s your time to begin.
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