Today marks the end of Infinite Summer, the season-long, worldwide reading of David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest. I was asked by my cohorts at Skylight Books to create some Infinite Jest related desserts, and as a result created this cake, with a chocolate cover modeled on my worn paperback copy of the book.
This is the second time i’ve done a DFW dessert, the first being the signing Skylight hosted with the author way back when the book first came out in paperback. I made oatmeal cookies that Wallace loved, and i’ve made them again for this evening. In a fit of baking, I also created chocolate glazed cupcakes with Jest-related symbology:
This was a different kind of chocolate project than I usually do, and as my boyfriend noted, maybe “the least rockin’ cake i’ve ever seen”. However, being a total book nerd, and having at one point contemplated making a chocolate Richard Brautigan, I think Infinite Jest makes a pretty rockin’ cake.