Our family used to use the “you cut, I choose” method, even when dividing a cake between 6. If the ‘cutter’ get’s the last piece, and it’s chocolate cake you can be sure the slices are equal down to the nearest atomic particle. As a bonus the method also sharpens the geometry skills.

As a side note, my sister got ridiculed at university when explaining the method, when she suggested “You cut and I’ll take the big half”, which her uni chums thought hilarious as how can you have a ‘big half”. I don’t recall if they were maths majors, but I always thought it was a bit harsh. She’s since employed the more proper “largest piece”.

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