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Solution to: Birthday Cake

Birthday cake, solution 1 Only one solution solves the problem with three straight cuts, and leaves exactly eight equally shaped portions. One should cut the cake two times vertically in a '+' shape across the top and make the third cut horizontally in the middle of the cake (looking at the cake from the front), as shown in the figure on the right. The disadvantage of this solution is however, that only four portions will contain fruit-decoration etc., whereas the other four portions will only contain bottom parts of the cake...

This is how the cake could be cut (seen from above), if we would prefer to have both top and bottom parts in each piece:

Birthday cake, solution 2

Note however that this is not a real solution, since it has non-straight cuts. In this way, we could think of many other 'solutions', like:

Birthday cake, solution 3

Finally, an alternative solution that requires some rearrangement of the pieces after the first two cuts is the following: like before, make the first two cuts crosswise, then arrange all four pieces in a row, and make the third straight cut like this:

Birthday cake, solution 4

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