Self-taught cake maker Katherine Sabbath is collecting her Instagram-famous baking innovations in her first, self-published, pop-up cookbook. Katherine Sabbath Greatest Hits: The Pop Edition will feature some of her most well-known cakes and recipes in a not-your-average cookbook. It will not only feature recipes, but will be a feat of paper engineering.
Sabbath has worked with a group of Sydney creatives to bring the book’s concept to life. Artist and paper engineer Benja Harney, Broadsheet photographer Nikki To, a creative director, a stylist and a videographer have all contributed. “I’ve been so fortunate to work alongside all my best friends,” says Sabbath. “It would be so scary working with people you don’t know when you’re so passionate about something.”
Greatest Hits: The Pop Edition will be an art book with a full set of individual recipe cards that allow the baker to keep the cookbook away from inevitable flour explosions. Each cake featured will come with its own story and a description from Sabbath about her inspiration for each creation. “I’ve never been a conventional person,” says Sabbath. “So this seemed like a great way of publishing, because I’ve always followed my own path.”
Sabbath has been working on the idea since 2013 when she joined Instagram and became a huge success; she now has 338,000 followers. Her creations are sculptural and will suit perfectly the pop-up format she’s creating. When asked what her favourite recipe is, Sabbath says, “The upside-down ice-cream-cone cake. Absolutely.”
The book is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign that allows you to pre-order the cookbook for a reduced price. The initial goal of $227,000 will support the first print run of 5000 copies. Rewards include a desktop wallpaper, a first edition of the book, signed copies, a 40-person-serving party cake made and delivered to your door by Sabbath and a one-on-one cake class in Sabbath’s home studio.