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...