"When I got to France, I realized I didn't know very much about food at all. I'd never had a real cake. I'd had those cakes from cake mixes or the ones that have a lot of baking powder in them. A really good French cake doesn't have anything like that in it..." - Julia Child
The only kinds of cakes I knew growing up were ones that my mom whipped together from a box. I remember her banging each cake pan on the linoleum countertop, as I would wince while trying to sneak a peek at what she was making. She dropped them from what sounded like at least 2 feet in the air; supposedly getting rid of all of the air bubbles hiding in each layer before she would carefully place them in the oven.
I've never really liked conventional cake. Everything I always ate at birthday parties or celebrations was always too dry or there was too much frosting so I would tend to shy away from baking it in general. Until I got a little older and wiser, and realized that there were so many endless possibilities.
These cakes are my ode to that. Cake exploration at it's finest.
All photos taken by the lovely Grace Jones.