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Nuovo Torta Tre Monti - Topographically accurate cake-map of San Marino

by Ushanka, published

Nuovo Torta Tre Monti - Topographically accurate cake-map of San Marino by Ushanka Apr 27, 2010

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Okay, backstory. A long time ago, I learned about a cake called torta tre monti, a cake from the Most Serene Republic of San Marino. From the Wikipedia article on the cake: "It is similar to other layered desserts common to San Marino, this one being representative of The Three Towers of San Marino."

I misinterpreted this sentence. You see, I thought it meant the torta tre monti actually resembled a geographical formation, like a topo map. That is an exciting prospect, because San Marino is a jagged, mountainous land, and a jagged, mountainous cake would be really cool.

Tragically, that is not the case! The cake is actually a hockey-puck-shaped stack of wafers. There is nothing topographical about it at all! Clearly I needed to do something about it.

The result is my nuovo torta tre monti, the result of four days of labor. It covers all of San Marino and a chunk of Italy that surrounds it. Each gradation is 20 meters higher than the one before it, with the highest one being 700 meters. I didn't get the lines from a geological survey or anything; I stitched together screenshots from Google Maps (terrain mode) and traced them by hand using my trackpoint mouse.

(That's a point of pride. I did all this with a trackpoint. Go me!)

Cake.

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Wow, sounds like an epic project! Trackpoint!

This is super cool the way it is, but it would be totally legit to exaggerate the vertical dimension to make it more jaggy. Also, yay trackpoint! My favorite pointing device.

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This design is meant to be eaten! People with Frostruders or candyfabs have a leg up on the rest of all y'alls. I would personally like to see this printed and put on top of a sheet cake.

If you want to make a mold, it shouldn't be too hard to mill this design out, or to print it in plastic and pour a food-grade silicone mold around it.

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bre on Apr 28, 2010 said:

Wow, sounds like an epic project! Trackpoint!

dcb on Apr 28, 2010 said:

This is super cool the way it is, but it would be totally legit to exaggerate the vertical dimension to make it more jaggy. Also, yay trackpoint! My favorite pointing device.

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