A piece of cake . . .

by ratty
In this, an offshoot of the fifth series of the HUGELY SUCCESSFUL, but largely ignored, “ratty cooks” column, I am going to show you how to slice a cake à la Marocaine.

In this exercise we are going to make cuts in such a way that, when the first portions are served, it will leave the cake looking like a multi-pointed star, then on removing the second portions, leave a central star-shaped portion which can then be served as an individual piece or (if big enough) seperated again.
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Basically, the cake, after each serving, remains an attractive centerpiece.
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To assist you in this task, I have included three rough diagrams.
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THE FIRST of the diagrams is a cake (so we can all be agreed on what a cake looks like before we proceed further !!!).
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diagram-1
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THE SECOND is the same circular cake, but with the CUT LINES MARKED OUT IN WHITE. It may seem very complicated at first glance but, after some thought, it becomes quite logical and easy. I’ve also marked out for you, in YELLOW, the first four cuts, after that, it’s just repetition. Bear in mind that these cuts should intersect towards the centre of the cake. These are all that are necessary.

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diagram-2

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If you should have any difficulty deciding how far into the centre of the cake you should cut, then I recommend placing a circular object (tea cup, small saucer, whatever) centrally on the top of the cake and make your cuts up to that. On this diagram I have used a circular dotted line to illustrate.
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THE THIRD diagram shows the cake with one half (containing the first and second servings) separated from the rest, this should give you an idea of how the portions will look. The sections in RED represent the first slices. Once they are served, then the second slices, coloured ORANGE, can be served, leaving the base section, coloured GREEN.
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diagran-3
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Throughout, I have used the term “cake” but you might consider using a sponge cake for your first attempt.
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GOOD LUCK
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Footnote : NO ! – I haven’t suddenly gone all limp wristed.
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10 Comments to “A piece of cake . . .”

  1. What happened there ? Look at the size of them pics – THAT’S the way ratty works !

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  2. Most interesting.

    Do you have to paint the pieces of cake as shown in Fig.3, or can you use other colours?

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  3. What if you don’t eat cake?

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  4. I wish there were You Tube vids like this one back when I was still eating sugar.

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