Gallery: Behind The Scenes At Chimney Cake in Long Island City

Dividing The Dough
Dividing The Dough

Chef and owner, Anna, cutting the dough into smaller pieces.

Shaping The Dough
Shaping The Dough

The dough is then put through a machine that will flatten it.

Here Comes The Dough
Here Comes The Dough

The dough comes out flat and in four strips.

Strips Of Dough
Strips Of Dough

The dough is pulled apart into the 4 strips and Anna gives each strip a quick roll.

Wrapping The Wooden Cylinder
Wrapping The Wooden Cylinder

Anna takes a strip of dough and wraps it around the wooden cylinder.

A Coat Of Sugar
A Coat Of Sugar

The dough then gets rolled in sugar.

Small Chimney Cakes
Small Chimney Cakes

Anna has cylinders of different sizes to make the different chimney cakes.

Resting
Resting

The raw chimney cakes get to rest a bit before going into the oven.

Baking
Baking

Anna uses a vertical oven that slowly spins each cake while being cooked.

Done
Done

You know the chimney cake is done when it is evenly brown, with a shine to it from the melted sugar.

Coconut Flakes
Coconut Flakes

While the cake is still hot, it gets rolled in different toppings. Here Anna rolls it in coconut flakes.

Down The Chimney
Down The Chimney

Here's a look at the inside of a chimney cake.

Chocolate
Chocolate

The second chimney cake gets a coating of crushed chocolate.

Cheesy Chimney Cakes
Cheesy Chimney Cakes

The smaller cakes get a coating of shredded cheese.

Cheesy Chimney Cakes
Cheesy Chimney Cakes

Here the cheesy chimney cakes get their time in the oven. Eventually these will be stuffed with thin slices of ham.

Chimney Cakes
Chimney Cakes

Besides chocolate and coconut flakes, there's also plain and sesame seed. Traditionally these are eaten as-is, but I keep wondering what I can put inside the cakes...

Behind The Scenes At Chimney Cake in Long Island City