Sylvia Weinstock, the self-professed “da Vinci of wedding cakes,” died Tuesday, her family said. She was 91.
Weinstock was an alumna of Wesleyan University and a dessert expert toasted by Martha Stewart for the creativity, finesse and craftsmanship of her best work.
“I’ve not seen any fellow pastry chef doing what Sylvia does in regard to cakes. She’s the one,” Stewart said in an interview with the New York Times.
She was also the force behind the rock-star cakes like Lily Gladstone’s wedding cake and the one made for Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Republican.
“When (Madigan) goes to funerals and she’s saying what did you do for me today, I’m thinking, ‘well, it’s all because of Sylvia,’” said Madigan in an interview with WTTW-TV.
Born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, Weinstock worked for a design firm in Baltimore for more than 20 years before she bought a cake business of her own in 1978. She worked as her own boss, baking and designing wedding cakes full-time until she retired in 1995.
At her request, her entire work portfolio – 7,400 wedding cakes – will be displayed at the National Museum of American History when it opens next year. The exhibit will include a replica of her custom wedding cake from Tiffany & Co. that cost $35,000.
Weinstock is survived by her husband of 44 years, John, five daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Her family shared a photo of Weinstock in a wheelchair on a New Year’s Day with the caption, “Happy and blessed New Year, from your beloved @ourjessicahoules.”