Leave it to TikTok to introduce us to various food hacks that are nothing short of amazing! Sure, the popular app is home to fun dances and Kardashian-focused lip-syncing clips, but don’t sleep on the platform’s impressive food-related content that is sure to make your life a little easier.
For example, if you’ve ever struggled to cut a birthday cake into equal, presentable slices, TikTok users came up with a simple solution with a regular household item: dental floss. The trick is surprisingly simple. Instead of grabbing a knife to cut one slice of cake at a time, take a piece of floss or a fine string and use it to split the dessert in half. You can use the floss again to cut the cake into quarters, eighths and so on. The result is a perfect picture that you may want to take a picture of before eating it.
Kylie Jenner could have taken advantage of this clever hack in May 2020 when she cut into an olive oil cake she was given in honor of Mother’s Day. Instead of taking a piece of the regular sized treat, the Keeping up with the Kardashians star cut a very small, triangular slice for himself, leaving the moist center of the dough largely untouched.
Jenner’s technique became the source of some lighthearted banter at the time, and she even noted that some of her social media followers were seriously bothered by her ways of cutting cake.
The founder of Kylie cosmetics then decided to have a little fun with the naysayers. “People were very crazy, I cut my cake how I did it, this is for those people,” she said via her Instagram stories. The accompanying photo showed that Jenner had cut a circular section of the cake about half an inch to the right of her first slice, clearly indicating she can’t bother with cake cutting standards.
Since the cooking hacks hashtag on TikTok has over 2.4 billion views, there are many more tricks floating around. In addition, some have even left experienced food professionals puzzled.
In April 2020 Top chef host Padma Lakshmi was surprised when she caught the air of a snack hack making the rounds online. The trick, which originated on TikTok, is an easy way to close a bag of chips without the use of ties, clips or other gadgets. Instead, those tools are replaced with a series of simple yet demanding pleats that manage to keep the bag tightly closed all by itself.
“How did I just figure this out?” Lakshmi asked when she posted a video clip of the trick on Twitter. The original tutorial, posted by TikTok user shine.on.darlin in March 2020, now has over 2.4 million views.
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