Archive for June 2011

and the Award Goes to…

Last week I took a few days off from my day job to spend some time making a custom cake for a special special person I truly admire. Unbeknownst to me my cake baking, building and decorating would be done on 2 of the hottest summer days so far, and I would fight with sweating fondant that stretched and ripped in my hands and a cake I did not trust to stand up straight  or melt into a puddle of butter.  I had to make the executive decision to arrive to the party later than expected (just as the party started in fact) so that the cake could set up in the fridge for a few crutial minutes more. Thankfully the chef in the kitchen and my client were understanding.

This birthday cake was for Eve Ensler, author of the play The Vagina Monologues, Activist, world traveler and Founder of one of the most powerful world-changing movements: VDay.  I’ve talked about Eve and VDay before, as they have been a big part of my life as I came into adulthood. Last night this well known playwright and rebel won a Tony for her play and the way she has chosen to use her art to influence and change the world for the good.

I was honored to make her birthday cake (which was a hit despite all my troubles). This year has been a celebration for Eve has she has recently survived cancer in addition to all the beautiful difficult work she does. A birthday bash and a Tony award in one week!?! Amazing! She is truly inspiring.  Her acceptance speech is dedicated to all the activists out there! Viva Eve and Congrats!

Check out her acceptance speech here

2 comments June 13, 2011

In the Presence of Greatness

So in my last post I mentioned Sylvia Weinstock. In New York City she is the end all be all of cakes, especially when it comes to Weddings. Most attribute her to creating the concept of the modern wedding cake and this past weekend I got to see one of her creations in person. :sigh:

This stunning creation stood between 5.5-7 feet tall– not including the table. The bottom tier featured the names of the bride in groom in a pattern like design. White roses and other flowers hang from the tiers, and certain tiers were jeweled.  I had to force myself to pick my jaw up off the floor.

At 81 Sylvia Weinstock has been in business for over 30 years, and has made cakes for just about anyone you can think of, especially Hollywood A listers.  And she doesn’t use fondant. REPEAT: She doesn’t use fondant– in fact she hates fondant, and all her cakes are covered with perfect delicious buttercream.  If only I were that skilled!!!!

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