Cake Zine

Volume 4: Tough Cookie

Volume 4: Tough Cookie

Cake Zine is a hedonistic exploration of history, pop culture, literature, and art through sweets. The fourth issue, Tough Cookie, presents a hearty batch of trials and triumphs all in the context of cookies. It's ninety-six pages of recipes, essays, illustrations, poems, fiction, and photographs include: 

  • A wartime dispatch from the Ukrainian bakery keeping the ovens alight and the frontline fueled by Felicity Spector
  • An interview with a Times Square Cookie Monster mascot trading selfies for tips by Katie Way
  • Sweet and surreal fiction by Catherine Lacey, Hilary Leichter, and Melissa Lozada-Oliva
  • An admiring salute to the cookiecutter shark by Sabrina Imbler
  • A feature on the coalition of international workers staffing the Canadian Oreo factory assembly line by Soobin Kim
  • Recipes for cookies tough in texture, technique, or tone by Abi Balingit, Briana Holt, Caroline Schiff, Chloe-Rose Crabtree, Paola Velez, and Yesenia Castañon
  • An ode to the psychic pleasures of wearing gourmand perfumes by Tracy Wan
  • Plus a dishy reflection on being the head chef at a powerful Wall Street bank in the eighties, a eulogy for the end of the browser cookie, using Lorna Doones as currency in the psych ward, and much more.

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Abi Balingit
Alana Salguero
Ali Domrongchai
Ana Téllez
Benedetta Jasmine Guetta
Briana Holt
Carolina Moscoso
Caroline Schiff
Cassie Tannenberg
Catherine Lacey
Chloe-Rose Crabtree
Collin Hughes
Dahe Kim
Felicity Spector
Gabriella Burnham
Heami Lee
Hilary Leichter
Jac Bernhard
Julia Katz
Julia Rose
Katie Way
Madeline Newel
Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Nicole Cao
Nithya Subramanian
Noreen Wasti
Olivia Charlesworth
Paola Velez
Pearl Jones
Renée Elizabeth Clarke
Roberta Klug
Sabrina Imbler
Samhita Kamisetty
Soobin Kim
Steph von Reiswitz
Sumera Subzwari
Tracy Wan
Viktoriia Kovalenko
Yesenia Castañon


Co-Founders and Editors - Tanya Bush and Aliza Abarbanel
Designer and Art Director - Noah Emrich
Contributing Editors - Jesse Sparks, Amanda Shapiro, Nicolaia Rips, Forsyth Harmon, Angeline Rodriguez
Copy Editors - Alexis Nowicki, Adrienne Murr
Social Media Editor - Jamie Rothenberg
Recipe Editor - Sanaë Lemoine
Marketing and Distribution Manager - Amber Lee