Sugar Crush: Coco Cake Land Meets Katherine Sabbath

unicorn cheesecake on cake stand - katherine sabbath interview on coco cake land

Alright cake maniacs. Are you ready to have your mind blown into laser-light-show Led Zeppelin rainbow space dust? I’m so pumped to have Katherine Sabbath as my first interview on my new series Sugar Crush.

katherine sabbath

I first “met” the gorgeous and inter-gallactically talented Katherine Sabbath (her name is so deeply head bangingly thrashingly METAL) through Instagram last year and I’m so excited to share her beautiful work. When I came across her feed, i nearly died. Her feed absolutely explodes with vivid colour and energy, all in the form of her fantastical cake and dessert creations. Her positive energy is contagious and I’ve enjoyed becoming online cake pals with this rainbow-bright star!

extra tall pink cake with gumballs - katherine sabbath interview on coco cake land

Kat is immensely talented at what she does – she is both a high school teacher, which I just love – how cool would it be to have her as your geography teacher? I can only imagine all the students she’s inspired – AND she’s a master of cakes. She is also the sweetest, most positive and friendly woman (possibly the coolest person in Australia!? Ha!). Her cake style and originality is unmatched – imagine cross-breeding a million rainbows, three unicorns, sparkly gold medallions, the moon and several stars with an Olympic swimming pool crammed with sugar, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel, and forming it all into artfully stylized, sculptural-looking cake creations.

chocolate strawberry avant garde cake - katherine sabbath on coco cake land

She also has a macabre and hilarious sense of humour – no body part is left unturned when it comes to creating it in candy or chocolate form, from chilli chocolate bloody eyeball cupcakes to entirely edible fake chocolate teeth with gold “fillings” in glow in the dark pastel shades. Her work is playful, brightly energetic but also full of flavours and textures such as rose chocolate shards, freeze fried raspberries, chocolate ganache, toffee, pretzels and caramel.

unicorn cheesecake katherine sabbath on coco cake land

She calls this one a UNICORN CHEESCAKE. From Kat: “It’s made up of layers of vanilla bean, pistachio & raspberry rainbow cheesecake on an Oreo crust, topped with butterscotch frosting & adorned with my intergalactic chocolate, unicorn pyramids, chocolate pearls, musk dust & edible confetti.”  rainbow drip cake- katherine sabbath on coco cake land

You really can’t help but smile and/or drop your jaw at her creations. The colours, textures, drips and flavours are so inspiring. So here she is: the rippingly cool Kat! Her cakes and desserts seem like an extension of herself: madly creative, bursting with colour, DROP DEAD GORGE and a defined aesthetic.

katherine sabbath

COCO CAKE LAND: What is your name, occupation, and where are you from?

KATHERINE SABBATH: Hello! My name is Katherine Sabbath and I am a High School Teacher (History, Geography, English, and Commerce) from Sydney, Australia. I’m also an after-hours “dessert-aholic!”

drippy ice cream cake - katherine sabbath on coco cake land

Katherine, not only are the cakes and desserts you make full of this brilliantly vibrant, exuberant energy, but they also each have such a playful, colourful and sculptural feel. What inspires your creations?

Oh shucks, thank you so very much. To be honest – absolutely everything! Inspiration can come from the confectionary aisle of a local supermarket, the colour palette of a friend’s dress, or the natural beauty and architecture of our astounding environment. More often than usual though, I bake according to the flavours and textures I feel like eating at the time…Which is actually almost anything! I’ve always loved experimenting with art and drew a lot whilst I was growing up. I think transferring this child-like creativity into my baking was just a natural extension!

extreme mega pistachio cake -katherine sabbath on coco cake land

Did you always love baking and desserts? When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I certainly always enjoyed eating them! As a child, I always loved art and creating things – you’d normally find me sitting quietly, building a city made out of Lego or making funny objects with Playdough, probably humming a breakfast cereal jingle I heard earlier that morning on TV. It sounds ridiculous to me now but when I was little, I desperately wanted to be a ballerina and practised every day! Haha, to put this into context, I had really big ears, suffered from curvature of the spine, had a nasty speech-impediment, and pranced about on two seriously massive feet. Look, I was a modern-day Helen of Troy!

shards of rainbow candy

Who are some of your favourite bands and music? Favourite films, and visual artists? I feel like culture and the world around you plays a part in your creations, whether subconsciously or not …

My all-time favourite band is Nine Inch Nails and they’ve played as the soundtrack to my life for the last 14 years now. I will never, ever tire of their extraordinary music and Trent Reznor’s smooth, honeyed voice! I’m also an enormous fan of metal music (black metal to be specific) and enjoy the work of Enslaved, Immortal, Gojira, and Opeth. My favourite classics are ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), Queen, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, and Gary Numan! My favourite movies are Kill Bill and Zoolander – it’s a nice mix, I know! As for visual artisits, I’m a lover of post-modernist, surrealist as well as classical art.

textured coral reef inspired cake

How deeply do your students freak out when you bring your cakes to school??

They bully me in the playground for cake…Every single day, haha!

three beautiful cakes

Do you see yourself moving towards baking in the future as a profession, or will it continue to be a hobby?

I would absolutely love to continue baking and possibly take it to an even greater scale in the future (with my eyes set on a website, cookbook and who knows, maybe even a television show?!) but for now I’m very passionate about high school teaching and so I’m riding the cake wave as it comes!

white chocolate shards berry cake - katherine sabbath on coco cake land

What are your favourite foods? What would your last meal on Earth be?

My favourite type of foods would have to be either Italian or Mexican – I LOVE pizza and how amazing are tacos?! Is there such a thing as a taco pizza or a pizza taco? If so, someone give me its number so I can take it out on date night. My last meal on Earth would be either of these things, followed by a vast array of desserts – I’m talking salted caramel, hot chocolate fudge, chocolate mousse, peanut butter-frosted monstrosities!

vegan cake with fruit and flowers

Who are some of your other favourite creators, and their blogs or Instagrams? (doesn’t have to be cake related!)

I absolutely love Antonio Bachour for his breath-taking and masterful desserts as well as gorgeous plating techniques, Caroline from Nectar & Stone (Instagram: @nectarandstone) for her very stylish images and feminine approach to her work, and of course Coco Cake Land! I’ve been a big fan of yours Lyndsay for two years now and you continue to be such an inspiration! I love your eye for ‘impact’ in your cakes and the wonderful way in which you support other creatives – we need more proactive people like you in the community!

mutant bunny cake

(DEEPLY FLATTERED!! Kat made her version of my mutant bunny cake for her little cousin’s birthday this year! I pretty much died of cuteness when I saw it.)

Hope you guys all enjoyed my first Sugar Crush interview with Katherine Sabbath – follow her bonkers amazing feed on Instagram! So many excellent things to come for you, Kat! Thanks so much for taking the time! xo Lyndsay 

30 Responses to “Sugar Crush: Coco Cake Land Meets Katherine Sabbath”

  1. molly yeh

    i just jumped up and down in EXCITEMENT!!!! i love katherine sabbath. literally just this morning, i was brainstorming ideas for a cake for my future cousin-in-law’s bridal shower and the first thing i wrote was “katherine sabbath-y”

    so excited about this new serious and that name–sugar crush– genius!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      MOLLLEEE oh man that is so cool! isn’t it amazing how our collective brains can be beautifully influenced and inspired by one woman’s gorgeous work! thanks so much, i’m excited too – when i googled “sugar crush” it sounds like it’s a game kind of like “candy crush saga” (i love how dramatic that name is – SAGA!) but i still loved the name … hehe!

  2. steph

    love this new series!! it’s always so interesting to know the people behind the cake!

    xoxo

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      aw thanks steph!! i love that, too – or meeting the people behind the blog … hehe! ;)

  3. danielle @ this picture books life

    Super awesome series, Lyndsay! And Katherine Sabbath’s cakes! Mind is BLOWN to happiest place ever.

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      thanks danielle! haha … yes, insane happy places!!

  4. gyozagirleats

    oooh wow! amazing cakes! and awesome interview. love the ice cream cone cake. and her version of your mutant bunny. :) I love nectar and stone too.

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      yay sis! thanks so much. ^__^

  5. CakeSpy

    I’m in love!!! What a cool dudette. I am so inspired!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      oh hooray!! stoked, jessie xoxo

  6. yael

    super inspirational! Thank you for the exiting photos!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      happy you stopped by, yael! ^__^ yes, kat is a true cake inspiration!

  7. movita beaucoup

    Brilliant! You’re right – the colours and textures are absolutely inspiring!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      i can only imagine how crunchy/creamy/sweet/billowy/FUN a slice of her cake would be to actually eat, too! thanks so much rachael! xo

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  9. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Holy shizz, I’m in love with Katherine Sabbath! Not only is her name the coolest, but she’s blowing me away with her originality and sheer awesomeness. Those cakes! Those glorious, artistic, unique, mind blowing cakes! How in the hell does she get them so tall, straight and perfect?! Great series, Lyndsay.

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      aw hooray! i know, i lost my mind when i first came across her – LOVE her! ^__^ i’m excited about this series – thanks nancy for the support!! xo

  10. Heidi

    Great feature! Really beautiful cakes, and with great style.
    Thank you both for sharing!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hey thanks heidi! thanks for stopping by, glad you found me! ^__^

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  12. Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me

    Love getting introduced to new cake folk :) Thanks for the awesome interview, Lyndsay! Katherine’s style is incredible!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      hooray! glad you enjoyed it michelle – i love finding new people too, i’m excited for my new series to share the cake love! ^__^

  13. kcaudad

    We definitly have taco-pizza here in the United States. Try searching for a recipe. So addicting! You will love it!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      taco pizzzzza!!!

  14. Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com

    Whoa, this is like a Reese’s peanut butter cup–two great tastes that taste great together! (Because I like you and I like Katherine…and because I see everything through a candy filter…uh, maybe I’ll stop now.) Love the idea of this series, and of course I love seeing all of her amazing cakes!

    Reply
    1. Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land

      elizabeth i just saw this comment – hooray hooray! glad you enjoyed it! :)

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