As part of the International Roma Festival Khamoro in Pilsen, one thousand eaters can savour the giant four-tier cake. This year, Pilsen is the European capital of culture, and for the second time, it is hosting the largest Roma festival in the world.
The giant 650-kg cake can be enjoyed at the Republic Square in Pilsen on May 28, 2015 after 5 pm, when its installation takes place. It will be conducted by the renowned Roma multimedia artist Zoran Tairović from Serbia. The cake itself will be baked by the experimental chef Petr Koukolíček. Both Zoran and Petr took part in a similar event within the jubilee 15th International Roma Festival Khamoro last year in Prague.
What will be needed for the fabrication of a 650-kg sponge cake? 110 kg of flour 70 kg of sugar 70 kg of fat 701 l of milk 90 kg of fruit marmalade 70 kg of custard 3000 eggs (fun fact: a hen lays one egg a day) and a whole range of other ingredients...
MINI-INTERVIEW WITH EXPERIMENTAL CHEF PETR KOUKOLÍČEK „A team of 6 people will be fabricating the cake for three full day and nights,” says the experimental chef Petr Koukolíček.
How do you transport such a giant cake? It is difficult, obviously. It is transported by car, dismantled to blocks that are later assembled at the venue.
What is the most difficult part of the cake’s fabrication? A very difficult stage is the initial calculation of the necessary ingredients, dependent on the cake’s size and shape. Afterwards, it is regular baking, just on a large scale.
In case the day of the installation in Pilsen will be particularly warm, will the cake not melt? Definitely not, we are allowing for the possibility of high temperatures, and therefore we are using a thermo-stable custard for the cake.
How long does it take to make such a giant cake? Fabrication of the whole cake will take my six-member team from the catering company MANIHI three full days and nights.
LIVE INSTALLATION “MANDALA CAKE“ BY ZORAN TAIROVIĆ All roads lead to the “cake” perceived as a symbol of a sweet and successful life as well as a symbol of equal rights also for 10 000 000 Roma living in Europe. They lose their chance as soon as they are born and rarely get another during their lives. Differences between the Roma minority and the majority society are omnipresent. Using the symbol of a cake and the road to it, the artists want to show what a complicated labyrinth a Roma individual must go through in order to experience at least a piece of a decent life. Let us look for and find ways that would lead us to a better world where any difference will be perceived as enrichment.
Mandala Cake means a sweet encompassing circle. It combines the basic pillars of the Decade of Roma Inclusion – the symbolical road to health, education, housing and employment. Mandala Cake symbolizes and defines human rights, including the right to culture.