Remember back in school when your math teacher insisted you would use those lessons later in life? Many of us rolled our eyes and muddled through — but, if you have a sweet tooth, you may wish you had paid a bit more attention, especially to geometry.
Dinara Kasko definitely paid attention in geometry class and her prowess shows in a very unexpected way. Kasko is a pastry chef whose background in architecture allows her to create gorgeous confections with the help of a 3D printer.
She is based in Ukraine, but her treats are sweetening up social media all over the world.
A quick scroll through her Instagram feed — which has more than 500,000 followers — shows how beautiful and delicious geometry can be. She uses the printer to create elaborate molds for her desserts, which end up looking like striking pieces of art.
How Does She Do It?
Kasko uses a 3D printer to design and create custom silicone molds. Familiar with modeling from architecture, she began with simple molds and used a friend’s 3D printer. Soon after, Kasko upgraded to an Ultimaker 3, according to 3Dnatives, which is an innovative device that incorporates two materials into the printing process.
She’s said the detailed molds can take as long as 30 hours to complete. As a result, she brings a new level of precision to her baking. Once the molds are complete, she uses them to form divine desserts.
Watch how Kasko does it in the video below.
They look more like sculptures than pieces of food! This cake below is actually made up of 81 individual mini confections. Like snowflakes, each one is unique.
Kasko told 3Dnatives she draws inspiration from the world around her for new designs.
“My inspiration comes from everything around me: art, music, photos, fashion, clothes, or even furniture,” she said to the 3D-printing news publication. “It can also be from an artist or simply from nature. There are many things I can bring to life in my pastries.”
The best part is that you can bring her inspired treats to life in your very own kitchen. Kasko sells her molds on her website. They range in price from $43 to $80, depending on the size and detail, and come with recipes.
There’s no guarantee your cakes will look exactly like her works of art, but you will be able to taste test as you hone your technique. And don’t forget to make an extra treat for your — or your kid’s — favorite geometry teacher!