My fellow cooks have mocked me in the past for my attempts at making French macarons, even wondering if I was instead making Mickey Mouse heads. So I was a little nervous heading into my shift with Kate Sullivan at Cake Power — a New York City bakery known for its hyper-realistic cakes made to look like handbags, car tires, bottles of wine, and record players.
In this episode of How to Make It, Sullivan is walking me through crafting a polar bear cake. The proposed cake is first drafted on a drawing board and stencils are made for every angle, which we’ll use to guide us when it’s time to carve the excess cake to form our structure. I end up spending about eight hours at Cake Power but Sullivan tells me it usually takes a couple days to create one of these cakes. Hopefully her expertise will help me create something that doesn’t look like cake.