Since her childhood, Ukrainian pastry chef Dinara Kasko has been interested in art. After graduating in architecture, she became fascinated by baking. Thanks to the influence of her studies and background, she soon decided to try something new.
Kasko uses specific software and 3D printers to create “sculptures”, her own silicon cakes' molds. As she explains, “It’s very important to me to create something beautiful, that’s why making cakes is a way how I’m doing self-realization as a designer.” Her creations became very popular and she has been involved in several projects, including the last edition of Ruby Chocolate event in Shanghai or the collaboration with SoGood Magazine, taking inspiration from the work of various artists, like José Margulis and Matthew Shlian.
Intrigued by her projects, we asked Dinara Kasko some questions about her inspiration, techniques and future projects.
Where does your inspiration come from?
People ask me about inspiration quite often. And every single time, it’s not easy to me to give a clear response. In fact, inspiration can be in everything. It can be an object on the street, nature, architecture, an image of something, a country, different shapes and so on.
What challenges/rewards do you encounter when working on a new cake project?
We work a lot on recipes and molds. Every single time when we create a new project, we do a lot of testing with materials for mold (we model a mold, buy special plastic, etc.). I bake a lot of cakes experimenting with recipes. This is the most challenging as there are a lot of issues that we have to deal with.