Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

József Kovács - Dobos cake

ONYX Műhely x MOME I ‘Gerbeaud legacy’ project
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The project is a collaboration between the MOME Object Design programme and ONYX Műhely. The goal of ONYX Műhely is to present a progressive Hungarian cuisine offering a fusion of art, science and gastronomy. The design course for ceramic design students of the MOME Object Design programme was led by Art Director of the ONYX Műhely’s Creative Community Angéla Góg DLA, and ceramist and MOME teacher Edit Kondor. Assisted by the Műhely's creative pastry chef Zsuzsanna Borsos, students were tasked with designing dessert serving items for ONYX Műhely by exploring contemporary dessert culture and the related serving techniques and drawing on Gerbeaud's legacy.
My concept was based on the Dobos Torte created by C. József Dobos in 1884. This cake is one of the most popular desserts in Hungary and has won several international and national accolades. Consisting of six layers of sponge cake, five layers of buttercream, and a hard caramel topping, it was an innovative and highly unconventional dessert at the time of its creation.The iconic caramel glaze sheet, cut into triangles on top of the slices captured my imagination and sparked the project's concept.
My goals throughout the design process were to create a geometric plate and dessert composition with the plate, and the cake, in harmony, and to incorporate 3D printing into the workflow. The core of the concept is the geometry of the tetrahedron-shaped cake, with its caramel topping applied to one of the identical triangular facets of the plate. Connecting past and future technology, the final design of the plate was created using 3D modelling, and the mould was created using PLA 3D printing. Photo: Rebeka Szomor
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