For the Love of STEM: 20+ Edible Creations Inspired by Math & Science

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics rarely get
more delicious than this, illustrated and replicated in the
form of solid chocolate, sugar crystals, fondant icing,
pancakes and even bagels. Wouldn’t you want to take a bite out
of an anatomically correct life-sized human skull, a 3D
representation of kinetic movement, a Rubik’s cube, a Hubble
Telescope photo or gory veterinary surgery in cake form?

Kinetic Tarts & Geometric Cakes

3D-printed molds allow pastry chef Dinara Kasko to make pies,
tarts, cakes and other treats with shapes unlike anything
you’ve ever seen in a dessert case before. Her latest is a
collaboration with artist Jose Margulis, a series of
delicious-looking cakes inspired by kinetic waves. They’re made
of ingredients like almond sponge cake, yogurt mousse,
mascarpone and streusel. Older works include ‘Triangulation,’ a
lime-basil cake for SoGood magazine, and ‘The Bubbles,’ which
take their inspiration from cells. For the latter, she
explains, “I used such geometric constructing principles as
triangulation, the Voronoi diagram and biomimicry.” Intrigued?
You can buy silicone cake molds from her website and try to
recreate these desserts at home.

Geometric Patterns Inside a Cylinder of Chocolate

Geometric patterns hidden within a solid cylinder of chocolate
are slowly revealed by a blade on a mill. Studio Wieki Somers teamed up with
chocolatier Rafael Mutter to create this installation for Vitra
Design Museum, displayed at Art Basel in 2012 for a
retrospective of dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit
Rietveld. The patterns continuously change the deeper into the
cylinder you go, more complex at times and simpler at others,
but always mathematical in nature.

Gory Veterinary Anatomy Cakes

This one’s for the veterinarians out there. One student at the

Nottingham Veterinary School
created this semi-realistic
model of a canine’s superficial head muscles in cake form as
part of a fundraiser; another rendered a dog testicle, while a
third portrayed a leg amputation in edible form. There’s also
equine surgery, and an ‘ascarid impaction colic,’ a procedure
to get rid of a severe worm infestation in horses. Looks tasty,

Rubik’s Cube Pastries

French pastry chef Cedric
offers a unique edible spin on the Rubik’s cube in
the form of 27 individual pastries. Though he’s spurned the
handheld puzzle’s usual primary colors for muted pastels, the
object remains recognizable in form. You can purchase one of
these cakes at Le Dali, a restaurant inside the Le Meurice
Hotel in Paris.

Galaxy Eclairs

Looking like something straight out of NASA’s stunning
satellite imagery of space, these cosmic eclairs by Musse Confectionery in Ukraine
are truly out of this world. The glaze swirls together hues of
blue, purple, pink and white for results so beautiful they’d
almost be hard to eat (except that they look delicious.) The
chef took inspiration from Hubble Space Telescope photos,
offering the eclairs in flavors like raspberry, vanilla,
pistachio, salted caramel and chocolate. They’re available in
the confectionery’s shop in Kiev.

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