How to stop your Christmas cake drying out with hack from mathematicians
A clever hack to stop Christmas cake drying out was revealed on Jeremy Vine’s show by co-host Storm Huntley, and it’s so simple we can’t believe we’ve not done it this way the entire time.
Apparently, we’ve all been cutting our cakes incorrectly all along.
Speaking about all things festive on Monday’s episode of the Channel 5 show, Storm decided to share a festive tip on how to slice your Christmas cake, while still keeping it fresh and edible.
‘Mathematicians came up with this,’ she explained.
‘The theory behind this is trying to get little surface area out to the air so the cake can keep its moisture.’
As she demonstrated how to cut the Christmas cake – cutting a straight piece right in the middle – Storm continued: ‘So, instead of doing our pie shapes, you now cut from the centre point.’
Struggling to cut through the icing, the host laughed: ‘We have got one side done, now it suggests to get the other side done.
‘This is to keep the moisture in.’
‘You take this slice out (the middle slice), here is where the interesting bit comes in,’ she added.
‘In order to reduce the surface area, you close this up (the remainder of the cake) and now it forms a sealed unit so when you come back to it tomorrow, there’s no surface area to the air.’
If that isn’t enough, you can also save yourself hours of cooking on Christmas Day by freezing everything.
During a festive segment on This Morning last month, TV chef and food writer Justine Pattison explained how you can cook your entire Christmas feast in an hour.
Not only did she share a clever Christmas turkey hack but she also demonstrated an easy way to prepare roast potatoes and sprouts: once again by preparing and freezing them in advance, they will be ready for the day.
The Jeremy Vine Show airs daily on Channel 5 at 9.15am.
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