Mmm. Geometric kinetic tarts.
September 7, 2017 2:55 PM   Subscribe

Right now, in a parallel universe, I am downloading the self titled debut album of the Geometrical Kinetic Tarts.
posted by otherchaz at 3:16 PM on September 7, 2017 [5 favorites]

Start a bakery in my town making in my town making these and and please proceed to take my money.
posted by soakingbook at 3:42 PM on September 7, 2017 [2 favorites]

I've quit sugar for the month and right now this is a most delicious torment.
posted by Kitteh at 4:03 PM on September 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yes, but how do they taste? In my experience there is an inverse relationship between how fancy a cake is and how good it tastes. Or maybe it's a sort of curve, with the least fancy cakes (boxed mix, frosting from a can) being kinda blah, moderately fancy cakes (homemade from scratch, but nothing elaborate) being the tastiest, and very fancy cakes (wedding cakes, anything with fondant sculptures) tasting gross again.

Cakes are food! It's nice if they look cool, but if it's not delicious it's not a good cake.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 4:09 PM on September 7, 2017 [3 favorites]

Cakes are food! It's nice if they look cool, but if it's not delicious it's not a good cake.

I actually think that commercial party cakes are primarily entertainment. Taste is absolutely a part of what makes this sort of cake worth buying, but I don't think it's any more important than a number of other factors such as appearance, novelty, size, appropriateness etc.
posted by howfar at 4:16 PM on September 7, 2017

The kinetic tarts at least look like they might be legit tasty, because they aren't relying on a really solid cake for shape. The bits that have to really hold their shape are cut chocolate; the rest of it only needs to be substantial enough not to be squashed by the bit sitting on top, which has the weight distributed across a fairly wide area. It might or might not be particularly good chocolate, but I bet the rest of it is tasty enough.
posted by Sequence at 4:59 PM on September 7, 2017

Cortex needs to do up a spongecake and fondant menger sponge.
posted by fluttering hellfire at 5:26 PM on September 7, 2017 [4 favorites]

Maybe I missed something, but I don't see anything "kinetic" about those cakes. Kinetic sculpture, by definition, moves.
posted by Mr. Big Business at 5:28 PM on September 7, 2017 [6 favorites]

>So I've actually shamelessly ripped off one of her cakes and with the proper equipment (molds mostly) and patience most semi-competent folks can make one.

To the taste part - actually unlike most of the fondant cakes you see in the states these are entremets and can actually be really tasty. Her recipes read like desserts you would want to eat. From an eating perspective I'd say the in issue is that all of the sharp angles occasionally require a stiffer mousse using more gelatin than I would probably use if it were a better supported shape. Also those shiny glazes are white chocolate, invert sugar (glucose), and gelatin so they don't taste of much, but done well they aren't that noticeable.

But they are just riffs on the kind of cakes you get at a traditional patisserie like Herme
posted by JPD at 5:33 PM on September 7, 2017 [4 favorites]

Maybe I missed something, but I don't see anything "kinetic" about those cakes. Kinetic sculpture, by definition, moves.

Kinetic art can also appear to move or contain movement, and yes, that's different than kinetic sculpture.

Kinetic art:

The word kinetic means relating to motion. Since the early twentieth century artists have been incorporating movement into art. This has been partly to explore the possibilities of movement, partly to introduce the element of time, partly to reflect the importance of the machine and technology in the modern world and partly to explore the nature of vision.

Movement has either been produced mechanically by motors, as in kinetic art pioneer Naum Gabo’s Standing Wave of 1919–20; or by exploiting the natural movement of air in a space – referred to as mobiles. Alexander Calder began to create mobiles from around 1930.

Kinetic art became a major phenomenon of the late 1950s and the 1960s. In the 1960s artists such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely experimented with geometric shapes that distort the viewer’s perception, creating artworks which, although static, give the impression of movement. (See the glossary definition for op art)

posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:09 PM on September 7, 2017 [4 favorites]

The second link is now dead, so not sure about her background. But, I think it's fun and creative. I wouldn't eat anything presented. It looks too perfect and unapproachable. This is a creation of an architecture student, not an architect. We try to keep things inclusive of society...despite the starchitects.
posted by Benway at 6:44 PM on September 7, 2017

I will admit that the purple kinetic tart is the only one I look at and think, yes, I'd totally eat it, and basically because if that's the price of getting a blackberry mousse with berry confit? Yes. Yes, I will destroy something beautiful for that.

I should probably just learn how to make mousse.
posted by Sequence at 7:05 PM on September 7, 2017

I would totally eat the chocolate block cake:

"Very tasty, beautiful textures, amazing Valrhona chocolate… One of my favorite cakes! Inside: crunchy layer, sponge cake, cremeux, mousse Alpaco, mousse Biskelia."

There's nothing that sounds bad there.
posted by tavella at 7:15 PM on September 7, 2017 [2 favorites]

Something like this is going to end up as a "showstopper" on The Great British Baking Show.
posted by hippybear at 9:36 PM on September 7, 2017

Although really if "Geometric Kinetic Tarts" is going to be the name of anything, it should be a roller derby team.
posted by hippybear at 9:37 PM on September 7, 2017 [7 favorites]

Ukrainian pastry chef Dinara Kasko uses her architectural and 3D modelling background to create desserts like geometry the figure, cake "chocolate block", and [...] has recently collaborated with Miami-based kinetic artist José Margulis to create geometrical kinetic tarts

Okay, she's a smart gateau, but has she come up with the fourth form of pastry yet???
posted by tenderly at 9:55 PM on September 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'd happily eat any of those cakes. Thanks for the post—I shared elsewhere!
posted by wintersweet at 11:59 PM on September 7, 2017

The sphere, cube and triangles one is quite kinetic enough for me, pure Constructivism especially this (wikipedia) Malevich - I'd eat them. Thanks heaps for the post - I almost cried with joy.
posted by unearthed at 3:14 AM on September 8, 2017

I clicked on the third link, started the video, and then it autoplays into a ton of her other cakes and I was mesmerized. I wasn't sure if I was aroused or hungry or both, but I just know that if there's a dimension where you can nomnomnom those pastries with wild abandon while observing their perfection at the same time in a sort of schrodinger's cake, I want to live there forever.
posted by numaner at 9:44 AM on September 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Just to be crotchety, as visually amazing as these are, that's kinda a problem. It's good when food looks good, but not too good to eat. There's a clever chocolate shop with cute abstract mouse chocolates and the few that have been bought just get looked at on a shelf for a long time, then stale. ;-) (well don't actually know as still on shelf)
posted by sammyo at 10:45 AM on September 8, 2017

Now that we can take a zillion pictures and keep them in our pockets, there is no such thing as food that is too pretty to eat. You don't have to share it on Instagram, just keep it on your phone instead of the shelf.
posted by soelo at 2:57 PM on September 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

schrodinger's cake

You can have it and eat it too.
posted by otherchaz at 4:33 PM on September 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

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