Why you should put a bowl on top of your cake before you cut it

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When you imagine cutting a cake, you probably imagine using a large serving knife to cut randomly sized triangles from the outside of your cake, right? Well, there are a few problems with that willy-nilly technique — namely, not cutting even pieces for everyone present.

Be honest, when the job of cake cutting is bequeathed to you, it can be pretty stressful. Personally, I tend to give some people huge pieces while other people get teeny-tiny pieces and the cake itself gets completely mangled as I try to cut evenly triangular pieces. In the end, nobody gets a fair slice and your beautiful cake ends up lopsided or hacked up.

If you’re working with a large, round cake, there’s a really simple way to slice up the dessert so that everyone gets an evenly sized piece. All you need to do is make a guideline in the center frosting of the cake that you can follow all the way around.

The best way to do that? With an average bowl from your kitchen.

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On the Rachel Ray Show, they demonstrate how a regular sized salad bowl or mixing bowl can make the sticky job of cake cutting so incredibly easy. This is a hack that caterers and restaurant pros use on a daily basis, and now they’re sharing this clever industry trick with the rest of us.

They start by taking a bowl that will fit within the center of your cake and still allow for five or six inches around the outside edge; this will, obviously, depending on the size of the cake you’re working with.

Place the bowl directly in the center of your cake and use the edge of it as a guide. Using a large knife, cut around the outside of your bowl, essentially creating a smaller cake within the larger cake.

To see the final step of this hack in action, you’ll have to watch the Rachel Ray video below. But trust us, this is a brilliant tip that any party host will be glad to know for the next time they’re serving a large group! Hosting for a crowd can be overwhelming and it’s little tricks like this that make you the ultimate planner.

What do you think of this cake cutting hack? Do you have a different way of cutting a cake that’s a little unusual? If you’re looking for some other unique ways to hack this problem, check out one of our favorite tips here.

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