From this project’s inception, it took the designer just three days to build a prototype and book six gigs. “It’s kind of like running after the bus with your mum when you’re a kid and she’s running so much faster than you, and you’re just trying to keep up. So, the cakes kind of are my mum,” she muses. Utzon-Frank’s multidisciplinary practice—she is constantly churning out a diverse array of objects, including twisting window blinds, avant-garde jewelry, paper and string sculptures, and plant hangers—makes her comfortable thinking about cake as just another material that is ripe for experimentation.
Under her newly formed brand KUFstudios, her plan is to trot out the cakes (dubbed “KUFcakes”) for high-end events ideally in the art, fashion, and design sectors. She considers the first cakes she’s produced to be examples, and that anything is possible for their shape, size, color and even taste; they can be altered to fit the occasion they’re catering to. For example, a perfume launch could feature a cake that uses ingredients similar to a particular scent’s essence. Or, a cake could actually change color throughout using a gradient, so the top doesn’t look the same as the middle or bottom. This could also be possible for taste—one flavor up top, cascading down and changing. “That could also be a conversation piece at an event,” she posits. “Like, ‘What does your cake taste like?’”