What is the maximum number of pieces you can cut a cake into by making four straight cuts with a knife ?**Note:**

- Dont rearrange the cake pieces

- The pieces can be of any size

- Only Vertical straight cuts allowed

Answer is **11 Pieces****1)** Cut the cake in half**2)** Cut it again into quarters**3)** The Third cut can pass through maximum of 3 pieces, so the total comes up to seven (4+3).**4)** The fourth cut can pass through maximum of 4 pieces and it can make 4 more pieces.

So total number of pieces is eleven

If its allowed to rearrange the pieces then we can make **16 pieces****1)** Cut the cake in half**2)** Cut it again into quarters**3)** Line up the quarters in a row and cut all the way down (now 8 pieces)**4)** Line 8 pieces again in a row and cut all the way down and you get 16 pieces

If its allowed to cut horizontally then we can make **14 pieces****1)** Cut the cake in half**2)** Cut it again into quarters**3)** Cut vertically and split 3 pieces to make a total of 7 pieces**4)** Do a horizontal cut which will split all 7 pieces and we will get a total of 14 pieces

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