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Delicious Designs

Pastry chef Dinara Kasko serves up desserts in sweet shapes

Courtesy of Dinara Kasko (all images)

Yes! This is a cake!

Dessert at Dinara Kasko’s house is always a surprise. She might serve what looks like a golf ball. Or the dessert may look like swaying pink pyramids. Once it even looked like red cherries piled inside an invisible box!

All of these strange and beautiful structures are actually edible cakes. Kasko designs and makes them in her kitchen in Kharkiv, Ukraine. On the outside, they resemble geometric forms or familiar objects. But inside are layers of delicious sponge cake and fillings such as chocolate mousse, cream, nuts, and fruit.

“I want to surprise people,” Kasko says. Her cakes are influenced by her passion for geometry. Before she became a pastry chef, she trained and worked as an architect. But Kasko loved baking cakes for her family and experimenting with the recipes.

Dessert at Dinara Kasko's house is always a surprise. One treat she served looked like a golf ball. Another looked like swaying pink pyramids. A third looked like red cherries piled inside an invisible box!

These strange structures don't look like you could eat them. But you can. They're cakes! Kasko makes them in her kitchen. She lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine. On the outside, the cakes look like geometric shapes or familiar objects. But they have layers of delicious sponge cake inside. They're packed with fillings such as chocolate, cream, nuts, and fruit.

"I want to surprise people," says Kasko. She loves geometry, and that inspires her cakes. She worked as an architect before becoming a pastry chef. But Kasko always loved baking cakes for her family. She experimented with the recipes.

Eventually she learned how to make molds for her tasty creations. This lets her invent entirely new shapes. “I don’t want to just imitate others,” Kasko says. “Unfortunately, it’s impossible to make a special design using just ordinary molds.”

To make her own molds, she starts by drawing a model of her cake on a computer. Then she creates the model using a 3-D printer, a machine that builds three-dimensional items out of layers of plastic. Next, she pours a rubberlike material called silicone over the plastic model. In a few hours, the silicone hardens into a flexible mold. Now it’s ready to be lifted off the plastic model and filled with cake batter.

Kasko eventually learned how to make cake molds. This lets her invent entirely new shapes. "I don't want to just imitate others," says Kasko. "Unfortunately, it's impossible to make a special design using just ordinary molds."

Now she makes her own molds from start to finish. She begins by drawing a model of her cake on a computer. Then she builds the model using a 3-D printer. This machine builds three-dimensional items out of layers of plastic.

Next, she pours silicone over the plastic model. This rubberlike material takes the shape of the plastic. In a few hours, it hardens into a flexible mold. Kasko lifts the mold off the plastic model. She fills it with cake batter. It's ready to bake!

After she bakes the cake, Kasko carefully peels off the silicone mold. She often sprays the outside of the cake with a shiny, brightly colored glaze. Sometimes she adds decorations such as sugar lace or chocolate ribbons.

But she’s not done yet. Her final step is to take photos and videos and share them on social media. “Just a few people get to eat the cake,” she says, “but everybody can see it.”

Kasko hopes that her imaginative cakes will inspire people to dream up their own culinary creations. “Sometimes a cake is not just a cake,” she says. “It can be a piece of art.”

When the cake is done, Kasko carefully peels off the mold. She often sprays the cake with a shiny colored glaze. Sometimes she adds decorations such as sugar lace or chocolate ribbons.   

But she's not done yet. She also takes photos and videos to share on social media. "Just a few people get to eat the cake," she says. "But everybody can see it."

Kasko hopes that her creative cakes will inspire people to dream up their own beautiful treats. "Sometimes a cake is not just a cake," she says. "It can be a piece of art."

Many of Dinara Kasko’s cake molds celebrate math and mathematical relationships. Her “chocolate block” cake (below) shows angles made by different intersecting lines. Use the information above to answer the questions that follow. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

Many of Dinara Kasko’s cake molds celebrate math and mathematical relationships. Her “chocolate block” cake (below) shows angles made by different intersecting lines. Use the information above to answer the questions that follow. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

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A. Which pairs of angles in the chocolate block cake are adjacent?

A. Which pairs of angles in the chocolate block cake are adjacent?

B. Which pairs of angles are vertical?

B. Which pairs of angles are vertical?

A. Angle A is supplementary to an angle measuring 62°. What’s the measure of angle A?

A. Angle A is supplementary to an angle measuring 62°. What’s the measure of angle A?

B. What is the measure of the angles adjacent to angle A?

B. What is the measure of the angles adjacent to angle A?

Angle B measures 43°. What is the measure of an angle complementary to it?

Angle B measures 43°. What is the measure of an angle complementary to it?

A. What are two ways of describing the relationship between angles D and E?

A. What are two ways of describing the relationship between angles D and E?

B. Angle E is vertical to an angle measuring 132°. What is the measure of angle D?

B. Angle E is vertical to an angle measuring 132°. What is the measure of angle D?

Draw your own design for a chocolate block with at least 3 intersecting lines. Label 2 adjacent angles as F and G. Then label 2 congruent angles H and I.

Draw your own design for a chocolate block with at least 3 intersecting lines. Label 2 adjacent angles as F and G. Then label 2 congruent angles H and I.

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