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Cake Zine is a hedonistic exploration of history, pop culture, literature, and art through dessert.
VOLUME 3 / HUMBLE PIE / SUMMER 2023
The third issue, Humble Pie, features broad interpretations of humiliation and piping hot servings of contrition. Over ninety-six pages of recipes, essays, illustrations, poems, fiction, and photographs, including:
- A meditation on the limits of recipe-writing by Kate Lebo
- An investigation into pie as a metaphor for rejection on Love Island by Olivia Crandall
- A menu of pies to to humble you at any occasion from comedian Josh Gondelman
- A quixotic quest to demystify the all-American origins of “Japanese Fruit Pie” by Elyse Inamine
- Ha's Đặc Biệt's recipe for their pop-up mainstay: flaky, savory pâté chaud
- Desperation pies—inspired by historic recipes popularized in times of scarcity—by Camilla Wynne, Stacey Mei Yan Fong, Kate Ray, Young Cho, and Samuel Grunebaum
- A cautionary fable exploring the limitations of leniency from novelist Isle McElroy
- Christina Chaey’s recipe for a Beatrix Potter-inspired meat pie encased in flaky, cheddar pastry
- Plus an incomplete but illustrious history of pieing, an interview with a DIY venue staying alive by serving pie to punks, an ode to the deep-fried gas station hand pie, and much more.
VOLUME 2 / WICKED CAKE / FALL 2002
The second issue, Wicked Cake, explores the sinister side of sweets, the horrors lurking beneath the buttercream. Over eighty pages of recipes, essays, poems, illustrations, and photographs, including:
- Sohla El-Waylly’s recipe for death by chocolate cake: a multilayered monstrosity of cocoa meringue, devil's food cake, and dangerous ganache shards.
- A lyric essay on schadenfreude and the merits of baking your enemies into confections by Jami Nakamura Lin.
- A contemplation of obsolescence in the age of DALL-E by baker Bronwen Wyatt.
- A comic by Priscilla Frank on the true story of a sixteenth-century cantankerous “witch” whose buttery shrovetide cakes kindled her demise.
- Very wicked cakes by Bodega Cakes, Frosted Hag, and Lauren Schofield, photographed in an abandoned church by Chelsea Kyle.
- An exploration of sirutteok, a Korean rice cake used to banish evil spirits in shamanistic rituals, by Giaae Kwon.
- Plus a peek inside Sylvia Plath’s oven, an analysis of Courtney Love’s desire to “be the girl with the most cake,” a fiery condemnation of deepcakes in the age of “is it cake?” and a whole lot more.