The Alternative Guide to Dental Floss
By ToothDoctor, Jun 24 2013 04:34PM
Sturdier than sewing thread and far less cumbersome than metal wires, dental floss has an amazing multitude of practical uses that can be used for baking, cooking, interior decorating and more. The sturdy and thin material that helps you get gunk out of your teeth can be used, among many other things, to neatly cut cake, slide cookies off of baking trays, remove a stuck ring from your finger, hang pictures on the wall and even silence the noisy drip of a leaky faucet.
Not too shabby for a bathroom item usually associated with your usual dentist duty...
Cutting a Sheet Cake
A piece of unflavored waxed dental floss makes faster―and cleaner―cuts than a knife does. Hold a piece of floss taut between your fingers (it should be about a foot longer than the cake itself). Drag it down through the cake, then release one end and pull the other end out of the cake sideways. Continue to "cut" in a grid pattern.
And a alternative tip from www.wikihow.com for splitting cakes without the crumbs and broken bits...
Cutting a Cake Layer in Half
1. Place toothpicks at the halfway point around the edges of the cake layer, as shown in the image.
2. Align unflavored dental floss around the row of toothpicks. If you're making a particularly spongy cake, it helps to make a few cuts with a serrated knife along the toothpick row, in order to give the floss something to bite into.
3. When the floss is fully wrapped around the cake, cross the ends of the floss and hold each end in each hand. Pull each end out and away from the cake, so the floss cuts through the cake as the circle of floss tightens up. Move the floss slightly from side to side to help the cutting movement.
4. Now you have two layers of cake.
5. Slide a piece of cardboard or a baking sheet (with no sides) between the two layers and lift off the top layer.