October 31 / 2014

Floral Couture in the Land of Cakes

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Hypothetically speaking, were we ever to tout our own horn, it might be said that we’ve indeed flourished quite brilliantly in the world of floral design. In the land of cake couture, however, we’re decidedly novice and downright delighted to see some of the gorgeous designs coming out of these NYC kitchens…

Artisanal cake designer and devout locavore, Amy DeGuillo, opened Sugar Flower Shop some years back with the express intention of creating beautiful cake designs using only local and sustainable ingredients. What’s perhaps even more frenzy inducing are her magnificently crafted sugar flowers, strewn across many-a-cake and also available as sugar floral bouquets. This is a great alternative for brides & grooms weary of the pesticides used by some floral producers but nevertheless hoping for a wedding cake with floral flair. We must say, Amy’s callas, cymbidiums, and peachy garden roses boast a shockingly vivacious quality that might engage the eager fork holder in a little game of trompe-l’œil!

We’re also quite smitten with the cake and, oh yes, cupcake (!) creations wafting their way out of Sugar Couture, headed up by seasoned confectionery artist, Penny CM Stankiewicz. With designs ranging from chic to whimsical to petit confectionary accoutrements– including sugar-flower studded cookies– Penny will be sure to capture your sweet tooth and your inquisitive eye somewhere along the way!

And, of course, our ode to cake kingdom wouldn’t be complete without a mention of our beloved “Queen of Cakes”, Sylvia Weinstock. Her sugar-flower and buttercream creations are an inspiration to cake aficionados (and floral designers!) internationally. And, with a client list fully baked with big name celebrities, her cakes will most certainly be coveted by brides-to-be for decades to come…

Cheers to the brilliant artists whom make our dessert ogling wholly more forgivable.

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