‘Queen of Cakes’ Sylvia Weinstock dead at 91

Famous wedding cake designer Sylvia Weinstock, who earned the nickname “Queen of Cakes” for her extraordinary edible art, has died. She was 91 years old.

The Brooklyn-born baker, who made wedding candy for Oprah, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Sofia Vergara, died at her Tribeca home on Monday, her family announced in a statement Wednesday without giving further details on the cause of her death.

“Sylvia Weinstock, the cake designer who pioneered the industry of stunning sugar flower wedding cakes, died peacefully at her home in Tribeca, surrounded by her loving family,” read an obituary posted on her Instagram page. .

“The family will have a private tribute at a future date and will request that any donations go to the Department of Oncology at Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Medical Center in New York,” the statement continued.

Weinstock, who made appearances on “Gossip Girl,” “Today,” “Top Chef,” and “Nailed It,” was a former Long Island school teacher who became a full-time baker in her 50s after surviving the breast cancer.

Brooklyn native Sylvia Weinstock was known for making elaborate cakes for celebrity weddings.
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She founded Sylvia Weinstock Cakes in Tribeca in 1980, Tribeca Citizen reported.

Her ornate and ultra-realistic edible art quickly made her a beloved culinary icon and highly sought-after celebrity wedding cake designer.

Bon Appétit magazine once described Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes.”

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi praised Sylvia Weinstock as a “legend in the food world for her cakes.”
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Famous wedding cake designer Sylvia Weinstock
The famous pastry chef Sylvia Weinstock was slow to develop and became a full-time baker in her 50s.

The master baker, known for her signature short white hair and large round glasses, finally closed her bakery in 2016 to spend more time with her ailing husband, yet came out of retirement this year to design an elaborate six-tiered floral. . embellished creation for Bill Gate’s daughter’s wedding, according to Gates’ wedding planner Marcy Blum.

Jennifer Gates, who married Nayel Nassar in a lavish ceremony on October 16, paid tribute to the Queen of Cakes on Instagram on Wednesday.

“Meeting this amazing woman, pioneer and legend of baking was the greatest blessing,” wrote the 25-year-old newlywed.

“Sylvia, your zest for life, passion, creativity and generosity will never be forgotten. We will be forever grateful for the gift you gave us by designing the wedding cake of our dreams with @ladureeus. “

“Rest in peace.”

Many other celebrities and notable figures also took to social media to mourn and honor the pastry artist.

Bon Appétit magazine praised Sylvia Weinstock as “
Bon Appétit magazine praised Sylvia Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes.”
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“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi tweeted a photo of a cake cut that Sylvia Weinstock designed at her wedding in 2004.
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“I am so sorry that the incredible Sylvia Weinstock passed away. He loved her so much! ” tweeted “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi alongside a photo of herself cutting a cake at her 2004 wedding to ex-husband Salman Rushdie.

“She made that wedding cake and was a legend in the food world for her cakes,” Lakshmi added later.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem praised Weinstock as an “inspiration.”

“It is very sad to hear about the passing of @SylviaWeinstock, the queen of cakes”, Samuelsson tweeted. “She launched her culinary career at 50. What a lesson to follow your dreams … She is an inspiration to everyone!”

Jennifer Katharine Gates shared a photo of Sylvia Weinstock mentoring culinary artists.
Jennifer Katharine Gates shared a photo of Sylvia Weinstock mentoring culinary artists.
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Fashion designer Reem Acra also honored Weinstock by saying on Instagram: “To my dear friend Sylvia. I will miss you so much. Your success story is an inspiration to all women.

“Your love story with Ben is an inspiration to the world. God bless your soul. Reem “.

Throughout his impressive career, Weinstock said he baked more than 1,000 cakes per year that cost between $ 15 and $ 100 per person per serving, according to the New York Times.


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