Celebrity Wedding Cake Designer Sylvia Weinstock – Who Won Nickname “Queen of Cakes” She died because of her unusual edible art. She was 91 years old.
The Brooklyn-born baker – who made wedding desserts for Oprah, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Sofia Vergara – died at her Tribeca home on Monday, announced her family In a statement Wednesday, without going into the causes of her death.
“Sylvia Weinstock, the cake designer who pioneered the manufacture of high-rise sugar flower wedding cakes, passed away peacefully at her Tribeca home, surrounded by her loving family,” an obituary posted on her Instagram page read.
“The family will have a special memorial on a future date and request that any donations be directed to the New York Presbyterian Department of Oncology/Weill Cornell Medical Center,” the statement continued.
Weinstock — who has appeared on “Gossip Girl,” “Today,” “Top Chef” and “Nailed It” — was a former Long Island teacher who became a full-time baker at age 50 after surviving breast cancer.
Her ornate, vibrant, edible art soon made her a beloved culinary icon and on-demand celebrity wedding cake designer.
Bon Appétit magazine once described Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci for wedding cakes.”
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, however, coming out of retirement this year to design an elaborate six-tiered floral – a decorated creation for Bill Gate’s daughter’s wedding, According to Gates’ wedding planner Marcy Bloom.
“Getting to know this wonderful, pioneering woman and bread legend has been my greatest blessing,” the 25-year-old wrote.
“Sylvia, your enthusiasm for life, your passion, your creativity, and your generosity will never be forgotten. We will be forever grateful for the gift you gave us in designing our dream wedding cake with @ladureeus.”
“Rest in peace.”
Many famous people and celebrities have also taken to social media to mourn and honor the confectioner.
“So sorry I passed the amazing Sylvia Weinstock. I loved it so much!,” ‘Top Chef’ host Padma Lakshmi tweeted Along with a photo of her cutting a cake at her wedding in 2004 to her ex-husband, Salman Rushdie.
Lakshmi later added, “She made this wedding cake and she was a legend in the food world for her cakes.”
Chef Marcus Samuelson of Red Rooster Harlem praised Weinstock as an “inspiration”.
“Very sad to hear of the passing of SylviaWeinstock, the Queen of Cakes,” Samuelsson chirp. “She started her culinary career at the age of 50. What a lesson in pursuing your dreams…she is an inspiration to everyone!”
Fashion designer Reem Acra also honored Weinstock, saying on Instagram: “To my dear friend Sylvia. I will miss you my dear. 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 her impressive career, Weinstock said she’s baked more than 1,000 cakes a year at a cost of $15 to $100 per person per slice, According to the New York Times.