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Sylvia Weinstock, famed wedding cake designer, dead at 91

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Celebrity wedding 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 reason 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 Long Island schoolteacher who solely grew to become a full-time baker at age 50 after surviving breast most cancers.

Miro cake by celebrity cake maker Sylvia Weinstock in New York City.
Brooklyn native Sylvia Weinstock was recognized for crafting elaborate desserts for movie star weddings.
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She began Sylvia Weinstock Cakes 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 cake designer.

Bon Appétit journal as soon as described Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes.”

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi lauded Sylvia Weinstock as a “legend in the food world for her cakes.”
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Celebrity wedding cake designer Sylvia Weinstock
Celebrity cake maker Sylvia Weinstock was a late bloomer, changing into a full-time baker at 50.
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The grasp baker — recognized 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 12 months to design an elaborate six-tiered floral-adorned creation for Bill Gate’s daughter’s wedding, according to Gates’ wedding planner Marcy Blum.

Jennifer Gates, who married Nayel Nassar in a lavish ceremony on Oct. 16, paid tribute to the Queen of Cakes on Instagram on Wednesday.

“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.

Bon Appétit magazine hailed Sylvia Weinstock as “"the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes."
Bon Appétit journal hailed Sylvia Weinstock as “the Leonardo da Vinci of wedding cakes.”
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"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi tweeted a photo of cutting a wedding cake Sylvia Weinstock designed at her wedding in 2004.
“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi tweeted a photograph of chopping a cake Sylvia Weinstock designed at her wedding in 2004.
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“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 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 Red 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!”

Jennifer Katharine Gates shared a photo of Sylvia Weinstock mentoring culinary artists.
Jennifer Katharine Gates shared a photograph of Sylvia Weinstock mentoring culinary artists.
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Fashion designer Reem Acra additionally honored Weinstock saying on Instagram: “To my pricey 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.”

Throughout her spectacular profession, Weinstock stated she baked over 1,000 desserts per 12 months that value between $15 to $100 per individual per slice, according to the New York Times.

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