Celeb wedding ceremony cake designer Sylvia Weinstock — who earned the nickname “Queen of Cakes” for her extraordinary edible artwork — has died. She was 91.
The Brooklyn-born baker — who’s made nuptial confections for Oprah, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel and Sofía Vergara — handed away at her Tribeca house Monday, her family announced in a press release Wednesday with out elaborating on her explanation for demise.
“Sylvia Weinstock, the cake designer who pioneered an industry of towering, sugar-flower wedding cakes, died peacefully in her home in Tribeca, surrounded by her loving family,” an obituary posted on her Instagram web page learn.
“The family will have a private memorial at a future date and ask that any donations should be directed to the Oncology Department of New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Center,” the assertion continued.
Weinstock — who made appearances on “Gossip Girl,” “Today,” “Top Chef” and “Nailed It” — was a former Lengthy Island schoolteacher who solely grew to become a full-time baker at age 50 after surviving breast most cancers.
She began Sylvia Weinstock Muffins in Tribeca in 1980, the Tribeca Citizen reported.
Her ornate and ultra-lifelike edible artwork shortly made her a beloved culinary icon and an in-demand movie star wedding ceremony cake designer.
Bon Appétit journal as soon as described Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes.”
The grasp baker — identified for her signature quick white hair and enormous spherical glasses — ultimately closed her atelier bakery in 2016 to spend extra time along with her ailing husband, nevertheless, she got here out of retirement this yr to design an elaborate six-tiered floral-adorned creation for Invoice Gate’s daughter’s wedding ceremony, according to Gates’ wedding planner Marcy Blum.
“Getting to know this incredible woman, pioneer and baking legend was the biggest blessing,” the 25-year-old newlywed wrote.
“Sylvia, your zest for life, passion, creativity, and 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 different celebrities and notable figures additionally took to social media to mourn and honor the confectionary artist.
“So sorry the incredible Sylvia Weinstock has passed. I loved her so!,” tweeted “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi alongside an image of herself chopping a cake at her 2004 wedding ceremony to ex-husband Salman Rushdie.
“She made that wedding cake and was a legend in the food world for her cakes,” Lakshmi later added.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson — of Purple Rooster Harlem — praised Weinstock as an “inspiration.”
“So sad to hear about the passing of @SylviaWeinstock, the Queen of Cakes,” Samuelsson tweeted. “She launched her culinary career at 50. What a lesson in following your dreams… She’s an inspiration to all!”
Clothier Reem Acra additionally honored Weinstock saying on Instagram: “To my expensive buddy Sylvia. I’ll miss you dearly. Your success story is an inspiration to all girls.
“Your love story with Ben is an inspiration to the world. God bless your soul. Reem.”
All through her spectacular profession, Weinstock mentioned she baked over 1,000 desserts per yr that value between $15 to $100 per individual per slice, according to the New York Times.