This Cake-Cutting Hack Promises to Keep Your Dessert from Drying Out

published Jul 20, 2022
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Turns out, a couple years ago Kitchn editors deemed this possibly the best way to cut cake!

When it comes to my relationships with desserts, cake and I have been together the longest. From my first birthday cake to the red velvet ice cream cake I had for my college graduation ceremony, it’s been the one constant in my life. One thing I love about cake is that it’s entirely customizable. Prefer the silky taste of cream cheese frosting over the sweet taste of buttercream frosting? You can have it like that. What about the taste of chocolate cake over vanilla? Whatever your pleasure, it’s yours!

So, given our long history together, I assumed I knew everything about cake — including both how to make it and how to eat it. To my surprise, however, household retail giant Williams Sonoma just shared a cake-cutting hack that left me wondering if I knew anything about cake at all. 

Turns out, a couple years ago Kitchn editors deemed this possibly the best way to cut cake!

When I was growing up, the most stressful time for me at my birthday celebration was cutting the cake — because how well you cut each piece was just as important as the cake itself! I never wanted to be the person who cut the cake in a way where it looked messy. Thankfully, not only will this hack alleviate that concern, but it will also prevent the cake from drying out.

Start by cutting a strip down the middle of the round cake instead of the traditional wedge shape. To achieve the perfect slice, Williams Sonoma uses a Zwilling Pro Bread Knife, but any knife will get the job done. Next, place the strip of cake aside and lay it horizontally before taking your knife and cutting it into individual slices. To prevent the cake from drying out, push the two halves of the cake together — exposed sides touching — and, after rotating, repeat the process.

The next time you’re at an event and you’re looking for a new impressive trick, you’ll have no problem wowing the crowd with this cake-cutting hack.