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 dwelling Monday, her family announced in a press release Wednesday with out elaborating on her explanation for dying.
“Sylvia Weinstock, the cake designer who pioneered an business of towering, sugar-flower wedding ceremony truffles, died peacefully in her dwelling in Tribeca, surrounded by her loving household,” an obituary posted on her Instagram web page learn.
“The household can have a non-public memorial at a future date and ask that any donations ought to be directed to the Oncology Division of New York Presbyterian/Weill-Cornell Medical Heart,” the assertion continued.
Weinstock — who made appearances on “Gossip Lady,” “As we speak,” “Prime 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 Desserts 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 ceremony truffles.”
The grasp baker — recognized for her signature brief white hair and huge spherical glasses — ultimately closed her atelier bakery in 2016 to spend extra time together with her ailing husband, nevertheless, she got here out of retirement this 12 months to design an elaborate six-tiered floral-adorned creation for Invoice Gate’s daughter’s wedding ceremony, according to Gates’ wedding planner Marcy Blum.
“Attending to know this unbelievable girl, pioneer and baking legend was the most important blessing,” the 25-year-old newlywed wrote.
“Sylvia, your zest for all times, ardour, creativity, and generosity won’t ever be forgotten. We might be endlessly grateful for the present you gave us in designing our dream wedding ceremony cake with @ladureeus.”
“Relaxation In Peace.”
Many different celebrities and notable figures additionally took to social media to mourn and honor the confectionary artist.
“So sorry the unbelievable Sylvia Weinstock has handed. I cherished 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 ceremony cake and was a legend within the meals world for her truffles,” Lakshmi later added.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson — of Crimson Rooster Harlem — praised Weinstock as an “inspiration.”
“So unhappy to listen to concerning the passing of @SylviaWeinstock, the Queen of Desserts,” Samuelsson tweeted. “She launched her culinary profession at 50. What a lesson in following your goals… She’s an inspiration to all!”
Dressmaker 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 ladies.
“Your love story with Ben is an inspiration to the world. God bless your soul. Reem.”
All through her spectacular profession, Weinstock stated she baked over 1,000 truffles per 12 months that price between $15 to $100 per individual per slice, according to the New York Times.