It’s hard to meet people in a big city, let alone any city. And after living in LA for several years as a single lady, Audrey Shulman turned to baking. But rather than eating her cakes solo over the sink, she brought them to bars, luring guys with a heady dose of butter and sugar.
Inspired by real-life events and the 2015 book of the same name by Audrey Shulman, who also wrote the screenplay, Sitting in Bars with Cake recounts Audrey’s year spent baking, barhopping, and offering slices of cake to men in the hope of finding her boyfriend (or, at the very least, a date). With 35 inventive recipes based on her interactions with guys from all walks of life, from a Sticky Maple Kiss Cake to a Bitter Chocolate Dump Cake.
As seen in the Prime Video trailer for the upcoming film Sitting in Bars with Cake, the movie stars Yara Shahidi, Odessa A’zion, Martha Kelly, with Ron Livingston and Bette Midler. The emotional trailer for the friendship-flick is full of baking, dating and drama between best friends as they navigate life in Los Angeles in their 20s.
Directed by Trish Sie (Pitch Perfect 3), Sitting in Bars with Cake follows best friends Jane (Yara Shahidi) and Corinne (Odessa A’zion) navigating life in Los Angeles in their twenties. Corinne, the ultimate extrovert, convinces her shy-but-extremely-talented home baker best friend Jane to commit to a year of baking cakes and bringing them to bars, with the goal of meeting people and developing confidence–also known as “cakebarring.” During their year of “cakebarring,” Corinne receives a life-altering diagnosis, and the pair face a challenge unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Sitting in Bars with Cake isn’t only a madcap joyride through some of L.A.’s most colorful watering holes, it’s a moving celebration of female friendship, forging identity, and finding joy in the most unexpected places.
In an interview with Glamour, director Trish Sie said, “This film is about falling in love with life. Especially when you’re in your 20s, when your childhood is behind you and adulthood is still a real upward slog and you don’t have a lot of money or a great job, it’s really easy to fall out of love with life. It’s a really weird time for people.”
“Young people, especially, really needed something that expressed a certain amount of existential gravitas while also being a relief,” Sie says. “This movie is about resilience and obviously friendship, but also remembering why life is precious and why you want to do something or don’t want to do something, or who you want to be around or don’t want to be around…. Life is too short for anything else.”
Shahidi is also an executive producer on the film, which marks her first project as an executive producer. On September 8, Sitting in Bars with Cake will be available exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.