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Tool Department: A cake server that looks good enough to hang on the wall

March 29, 2010 | 11:02 am

Magisso_Cake_Server_rd It's easy to see why the Magisso cake server won a Red Dot Award for design: It's unlike any cake server that you've ever seen.

According to the press release, it "simplifies the task of cutting and moving a piece of cake in one action. By pressing down on the cake with the Magisso cake server, you can cut a perfect piece of cake. By lightly squeezing the handle, you can lift the piece of cake, then release it on your guest’s plate."

Check out this YouTube video of the cake server at work.

It's the brainchild of Maria Kivijärvi, who was a crafts and design student back in 2005 when she first started tinkering with the concept: "Despite the recent trend for functional and innovative design in kitchen utensils and tableware, the basic idea of the cake server had not changed in a long time. For this design, I was deliberately searching for a completely new functionality and appearance for the cake server."

Mission accomplished, Maria.

This stainless steel version goes for $49.95 over at Urban Butik. But later this year, the cake server will come in plastic, and a variety of pretty colors, at a much cheaper price: $18.95. You can check those out here:

What do you think? I'd like to try it just to see how it works. I think dinner guests will all want to give it a whirl. It seems like the stainless steel version would also make a pretty wedding gift.

What other cool gadgets are you crushing on these days?

-- Rene Lynch
On Twitter @renelynch