Cakes aren’t just for gourmets anymore; they are for students of STEM!
When you make a cake you use flour, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients. When Dinara Kasko makes cakes, she uses algorithms, mathematical principles, and parametric design! She makes STEM Cakes!
Dinara is a pastry chef and culinary artist from Ukraine. After she graduated from architecture school and getting a job as a 3D model designer, she started learning to cook. When she decided that her job was not the best fit for her skills and interests, she took her passion for pastry and created her own business!
She now uses her STEM background to create incredible cakes. She designs her own silicone cake molds (which you can buy!) using a 3D modeling program.
Many of her cakes begin with collaborations with mathematicians or sculptors who help her to develop the patterns she uses to design the molds. Then she reinterprets cakes and other desserts into edible pieces of art.
Domara Kasko’s STEM cakes are so radically unusual that there is no way to know what they are going to taste like just be looking at them.
STEM in the Kitchen?
Ms Kasko incorporates various principles into her creations like Voronoi Diagrams, 3D modeling, Parametric Design, biomimicry, triangulation or paperfolding. Her work is a fabulous example of how STEM careers are not limited to the laboratory or office.
When we provide students with STEM classes, tools, and software, we plant the seeds of innovation and ingenuity in the next generation.