Sylvia Weinstock, the legendary cake designer who reimagined wedding cakes and created sweets for hundreds of celebrities, died on Monday. She died at 91.
Weinstock died surrounded by relatives at her Tribeca home, according to The Knot.
Despite her late start, Weinstock went on to create so many unrivalled wedding cakes that she became the industry’s largest brand. People from all over the world placed orders for cakes from her Manhattan bakery.
Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Sofia Vergara, Robert De Niro, and many more have had her cakes at their weddings, including Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’.
Weinstock, who was born on January 28, 1930, in Brooklyn, spent most of her early career as a schoolteacher. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was teaching on Long Island.
She started a new interest after beating cancer: making cakes. She improved to the point that she was able to impress renowned chef William Goldberg, who urged her to establish her own business.
With that glowing recommendation, she opened her own professional bakery at the age of 50 in 1980, producing cakes by appointment. Her buttercream frosting quickly became a must-have.
Weinstock’s cakes were famed for their ridiculously lifelike flowers, which appeared so genuine they were inedible, even more than her buttercream.
Weinstock learned how to construct them by dismantling real flowers and stitching them back together again.
Weinstock formally retired in 2016, however she returned for special events such as Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer’s wedding in October. When Weinstock first entered the wedding cake industry, it was dominated by simple white tiered cakes. Extravagance now defines it, thanks to a drive she helped create.
Weinstock, on the other hand, kept things simple while baking for herself.
In 2008, she commented, “I adore yellow butter cake.”
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