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The Internet Is Obsessed With Prince Edward’s Aggressive, Yet Successful Cake-Cutting Technique

Plus, a spice company is spending a lot to get Trump impeached, and more news to start your day

A balding white man holding a knife high above a sheet cake
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

Honestly, your cake cutting could use some more theatricality

As an American, I still don’t understand quite what it is the British royal family does all day or even generally, but according to this video of Prince Edward, practicing flamboyant cake cutting is on the list. On a trip to Northern Island, Prince Edward was invited to cut a cake at the Lakeland Community Care Centre. And, well...

The Internet is getting a kick out of how Prince Edward approached this cake, raising the knife high in the air before sort of stabbing a line through it. Vanity Fair called it a “sight to behold,” while The Cut called the technique “ungodly.” The Royal family should be judged for literally everything, but honestly, his technique seems...fine? Oddly efficient, even. When was the last time you managed to cut a cake well? Usually it goes:

1) Make an incision.

2) Oh god it’s somehow uneven already.

3) You didn’t even cut all the way in the center, you fool.

4) Exile.

Given that Prince Edward seemed to cut a straight line all the way through the cake, this counts as a success! Maybe we should all give this form a shot the next time a sheet cake comes our way.

And in other news...

  • Major chocolate companies are still failing to cut out child labor. [Reuters]
  • A bride ordered a peacock cake and instead got this “lop-sided turkey with leprosy.” [NY Post]
  • Carlsberg is working on creating a paper bottle for its beer. [CNBC]
  • The earliest form of food storage was a hollowed out deer bone, in case your fridge feels too modern. [The Takeout]
  • Penzeys spices has always made its politics known, and now it’s launched an anti-Trump Facebook ad campaign. “We’re a spice business,” said owner Bill Penzey. “Cooking is such a personal thing...our job is to show [our customers] that we share their values.” [Modern Retail]
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants named Maido in Lima, Peru the best restaurant in Latin America. [World’s 50 Best]
  • World Central Kitchen has now served one million meals in the Bahamas. [Twitter]
  • Leah Chase’s family is opening up a new restaurant in the New Orleans airport, called Leah’s Kitchen. [NY Times]
  • Also, we don’t have flying cars, but we do have this machine that can perfectly transport a splotch of sauce without changing its shape.

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