This video of a spinning, music-themed chocolate cake is the most mesmerising thing

25 July 2019, 15:02

By Rosie Pentreath

It’s weird, it’s chocolatey, and it’s utterly mesmerising – watch this video that combines our two absolute favourite things.

A videographer and food artist has created a mesmerising video (watch above) depicting a spinning and slowly metamorphosing, music-themed chocolate cake – and it’s blowing our minds.

Alexandre Dubosc’s video, titled ‘Freequencies’, opens with a chocolate tuning fork spinning across the screen, before percussive rumbling sounds accompany scenes of spinning chocolate that incorporate familiar music symbols and shapes.

A melody evolves, and at the same time keyboards – with animated chocolate whirling around them – emerge as well.

Layers of music-themed chocolate cake dance, warp and morph to the music, and the cake appears to spin.

It turns out the video is a brilliantly executed optical illusion, known as a zoetrope.

Freequencies zoetrope
‘Freequencies’. Picture: Alexander Dubosc

What is a zoetrope?

A zoetrope is an optical illusion generated by a sequence of drawings that show the progressive stages of motion.

It was invented in a pre-film era and is a bit like a phénakistoscope – you know, one of those paper discs that turn and rotate drawings so quickly that they start to resemble continuous motion. If you’re still unsure, give it a quick Google.

The mind-bending moments in this beautiful chocolate cake, then, are the result of repeated and varied still images in sequence, rather than the modern and conventional video filming of today. Mind = blown.

Right. We’ve got a fork, can we eat the cake now?