A Gadget That Cuts Perfectly Equal Cake Slices

Finally, our nationwide nightmare of not being able to divide the cake into equal pieces has come to a close.

There are certain objects that immediately, with zero explanation, reveal their origins. For example, this Cake Divider from Tel Aviv manufacturer Animi Causa, which was clearly inspired by the great childhood injustice of getting a smaller piece of cake than your siblings.

At $13.99, the Cake Divider is an inexpensive, plastic remedy to inequity, available on Animi’s website. You stick the inch-wide device into the center of the cake, choosing whether you want to divide it into 6, 8, 10, or 12 equal pieces. Then you slide the tip of your knife into the guide, and made the cuts as the axle clicks into position.

It may seem novel, but this little gadget is actually solving a problem. The original cake divider (which looks like this) was a metal circle divided into a set number of slices. It messed up the cake by smashing it, and you couldn’t choose the number of slices you wanted.

To be clear: You probably don’t need a cake divider. But it’s also sort of genius. Besides, as one blogger pointed out, it may end up saving yourself from a cake-related meltdown, like the one Milton perpetrated in Office Space after finding out no one had saved him a piece.

You can buy it here.

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  • IMF16

    Or, you could just cut straight across the cake, slicing it in half. This is where many people mess up. They start out by cutting out a single slice and now have to eyeball each slice after that. Rotate & cut the halves in half so you now have 4 huge but equal quarters, rotate and cut each 1/4 in half. Voila! 8 equal slices. If you need more than 8 just divide again for 16. If you need anything in between, just give some people 2nds!

  • Ladislav Kubo

    ...
    although seemingly everything work here, concept, sleek formal language,
    isn´t exactly sample of unnecessary object?
    How about using own eyes?  

  • Jonathan

    "You stick the inch-wide device into the center of the cake,..."

    Excellent. Now all we need is something to establish the precise centre of the cake...

  • Al

    :-D I was about to make the exact same comment. 

    I propose our Cake Divider Placer could be something similar to those collapsable steel colanders/steamers with the inward-folding petals ( e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kitche... ). Make a gap in the central circle, just the right size to place your Cake Divider through, add soft-material feet and use a lighter material (bamboo?) for the device itself, and some kind of drawstring that closes it against soft springs that resist gravity to keep it open.

    You hold it over your cake, gently pull the drawstring bringing the petals downward, closing around your cake. This pushes the central hole to the exact centre. Then you place your Cake Divider through the hole, and remover the Cake Divider Placer... 

    Put it on Kickstarter and people _will_ buy it. Especially if you add a connector so the opening and closing can be controlled by an iphone. 

    10c in every purchase goes to a charity dedicated to sending people in famine-hit communities and refugee camps photographs of the ridiculous stuff we spend our money on...

  • Ideagum

    Wow! This is a great example of a product that is over-designed. BTW, is anybody really concerned enough about cutting cakes in exact equal slices to pay the price of a cake ($13.99 + shipping)?

  • Andrewp

    So how does the device helps you find the centre of a cake? That means the slices will still be unequal anyway... 

  • Kay

    You don't actually use the previous metal (or plastic) divider to CUT the cake. You use it to make very light marks on the cake then cut it with a regular knife!

  • Trinna

    How will kids ever learn the art of negotiation if their cake slices are equal? How will they learn that life is not fair and to just deal with it? What will it be like to not have the opportunity to get back at your brother and sister for getting the biggest piece? Society as we know it will diminish because of this little gadget.