Cake Zine

Volume 2: Wicked Cake

Volume 2: Wicked Cake

Cake Zine is a hedonistic exploration of history, pop culture, literature, and art through dessert. 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.
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Agnes Barton-Sabo
Alex Bandoni
Alex Citrin-Safadi
Annabel Hope
Arielle Gordon
Becca Stickler
Bronwen Wyatt
Chelsea Kyle
Eliza Dumais
Giaae Kwon
Haruka Aoki
Jami Nakamura Lin
Julia Rose
KC Hysmith
Kelli Huggins
Lauren Schofield
Lulu Prat
Madeline Bach
Makshya Tolbert
Marisa de la Peña
Megan Peck Shub
N. A. Mansour
Natàlia Pàmies
Natasha Phang-Lee
Olivia Lindsay Aylmer
Orfeo Tagiuri
Priscilla Frank
Reece Sisto
Renée Elizabeth Clarke
Sarah Kantrowitz
Sohla El-Waylly
Sydney Lopez
Taylore Glynn
Tyna Hoang


Co-Founders and Editors - Tanya Bush and Aliza Abarbanel
Designer and Art Director - Noah Emrich
Contributing Editors - Jesse Sparks, Amanda Shapiro, and Angeline Rodriguez
Copy Editor - Alexis Nowicki
Social Media Editor - Dominique A. Evans
Recipe Editor - Sanaë Lemoine


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