# Cutting a strangely shaped cake in half

You have baked a rectangular sheet cake for your two brothers, and are about to cut it and serve it to them when the dog eats a rectangular portion of the cake. Now the cake looks a little like this:

Your job now is to cut the cake so that each brother gets the same amount of cake. This is of course a three dimensional cake, but cutting the cake parallel to the top is not allowed, because each brother need to get the same amount of frosting. You are given only string, and have no measuring tools, though you can mark points on the outside of the cake.

Usually I give some ideas on how I might solve this problem, but for this particular one, I have very few. I've given some variables to the sides, and figured out how much cake each brother is supposed to get, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to cut it. Any help would be appreciated.

• Do both brothers also have to get the same amount of dog-drool-covered perimeter? :) – Rahul May 29 '14 at 20:58
• Yes, it must be evenly distributed. Otherwise they wouldn't be equal, and the person with less drool would feel jealous! – recursive recursion May 29 '14 at 23:06