Hailed as the “Leonardo da Vinci of Cakes,” Sylvia Weinstock is one of the nation’s premier cake designers. Known for her realistic sugar flowers, fresh ingredients, and buttercream finishes; Sylvia transformed the cake industry by developing a delicious AND beautiful cake.
She started her career as an elementary school teacher in Long Island, but she soon found herself increasingly proficient in the kitchen. During a trip upstate with her family, Sylvia and her husband Ben met chef Andre Soltner. Soltner introduced Sylvia to a retired pastry chef George Keller who had worked at some of New York’s best restaurants. Sylvia trained under Keller and soon started supplying local Hunter Mountain restaurants with her desserts.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Sylvia and her husband moved into Manhattan permanently. She then met bakery proprietor William Greenberg Jr. Due to a high volume of Greenberg’s clients requesting intricate floral designs, he began referring customers to Sylvia. Sylvia soon learned how to make the sugar paste flowers that became her signature. Her moment of breakthrough came when a chef who worked for Donald Bruce White, one of New York City’s biggest caterers, saw Sylvia’s cake in a bakery window. White began ordering her cakes for many of his events.
30 plus years later Sylvia is sending cakes around the world from her cake design studio in New York City’s Tribeca. She has made cakes for the Clinton White House, the King of Saudi Arabia, and numerous other celebrity events. She lives with her husband Ben, and has three daughters; Ellen, Amy and Janet with a handful of grandchildren.