Heavenly Yet Beautiful Cupcakes

Starting my own cupcake company was a thrill and I learn so much. But I yearned for the calm of taking my time to create perfect little decorations and unique flavor combinations. After selling my business, I decided to focus on teaching my craft. I hope this site will inspire you to create and indulge in one of the best and most satisfying desserts...the cupcake.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Queen of Cake




This past weekend I met my idol. Sylvia Weinstock. She is the Queen of my cake world. Silvia was in DC to promote her new book on sugar flowers. Everyone should get this book! It's art...plain and simple. The flowers this woman creates out of sugar look so natural, you can't tell the difference between real and sugar. And she started doing this as a hobby when she taught as a part time school teacher. No classes, no fancy equipment, just her imagination and creativity. Oh and did I mention she was 50 years old when she started. What a trooper!

And here's something interesting. Most, if not all, bakeries that make custom cakes and wedding cakes use fondant. She doesn't. She hates the stuff and refuses to use it on her cakes. So that adds even more difficulty as buttercream is temperature sensitive and can easily be ruined if it is not handled and transported correctly. So, I have decided that I too will never use fondant on any of my cakes. I also have made a promise to myself that until I can make flowers like The Queen of Cake, I will not make custom cakes. That may be a long (long, long, really long) time as I am sure this is not an easy thing to learn to do. My sugar flowers are so sad compare to hers. But I am determined and I hope that my otherwise annoying stubbornness will come in handy this time.
Here is are some images of her work.

1 comment:

bashdc said...

This was a great event. It was good to see you and eat more of your cupcakes!