Saturday, November 3, 2007

i heart sylvia weinstock

I kinda wish Sylvia Weinstock was my grandma. I love those big, funky glasses that she wears and I love her attitude about her cakes. She is confident, no nonsense and she knows her stuff. Her cakes are unique and gorgeous and apparently they are delicious, too. One day, perhaps, I will find out for myself! I was reading an interview with her in the latest Martha Weddings and I literally started underlining things and taking notes. The article is a great read for anyone shopping for a wedding cake, but also just for anyone planning a wedding and preparing for a marriage. These were some of my favorite quotes, I just kept thinking- YES!

Here are my notes:
Some brides exhaust themselves running around to places and miss out on the joy of planning the celebration. This is an important event, but its a wedding; its not a marriage.

I don't believe in compromising on quality. If I couldn't have a giant perfect diamond, I'd take a little perfect diamond. Competing with your neighbor over who had the bigger wedding is silly. Do it smaller, do it finer, do it well.

I encourage clients to choose seasonal things whenever possible- a strawberry in January isn't going to be as lovely as one in June. Even though our cakes are pretty, I want them to taste like food- delicious food.

If the reception is in a clean, modern room or a grand, rococo one, the cake should follow suit. You don't want it to look like the cake was delievered to the wrong party.
There are some really beautiful pictures of her making sugar flowers. I would love to spend a few hours in her kitchen! Then we would go get coffee and I would soak up all her stories about over the top weddings and demanding brides. Visit her website for some of her most jaw dropping designs.


  1. not to make you jealous or anything, but I had the chance to do a phone interview with her (yes I just about died) and she is a doll. :)

    thanks for the info about chicago - I really appreciate it!

  2. I can't help it, I am very jealous!

  3. She does some of the best cakes in the world!

  4. Love the glasses!


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