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Sylvia Weinstock Has Created Cakes for the Clintons, the Kennedys, and Jennifer Lopez, And Now She'll Make One For You

The legendary New York wedding cake designer has announced a partnership with DC’s St. Regis Hotel.

By Sarah Zlotnick All photos courtesy Meg Connelly Communications.

For a certain segment of brides (particularly, we imagine, those that grew up on Sex and the City), there are a few certain must-do’s when it comes to the perfect wedding:

1) You wear a Vera Wang gown.
2) You exchange vows at The Plaza Hotel.
3) You serve a Sylvia Weinstock cake.

Covered in signature handcrafted sugar flowers and occasionally clocking in at five, six, or even twelve feet tall (seriously), the confections have been ordered up by prominent political families and major Hollywood celebs alike. Eddie Murphy cut into one for his wedding to ex-wife Nicole, as did Ted and Vicki Kennedy and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas.

Weinstock takes on clients all over the world, and now Washington brides have a direct line of access to her: through the St. Regis Hotel. In what will be the hotel chain’s third partnership with Weinstock (a similar agreement exists with the St. Regis Bal Harbour and St. Regis Buckhead), couples planning their wedding at the luxury downtown hotel now have the option to work directly with the bespectacled “Queen of Cakes” on their after-dinner dessert.

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7 Wedding Cake Ideas to Fit Any Theme

The sweetest slice means finding your top-tier wedding cake.

By Kate Bennett

The sweetness of a wedding's finishing touch is amplified by how perfectly the cake embodies the theme. That's why, in our Winter/Spring 2013 issue of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, we featured seven cakes for any wedding theme. Whether modern, floral, or whimsical, ensure your sugary slice of love is top-tier (and tasty!).

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Cherry on Top: 15 Cake Toppers We Love

From elegant silhouettes to whimsical animal figurines, there’s a proper topper for every couple.

By Irina Grechko
Image via Shutterstock.

Forget traditional bride and groom dolls and make unique toppers the icing on top of your wedding cake. With options ranging from beachside landscapes, screaming to be used for destination weddings, to subtly understated porcelain peonies, a perfect topping for an all-white cake, toppers are now anything but boring. Proceed to the gallery for 15 of our favorite picks.

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Take the Cake: Meet the Baker Behind Kalorama Cookie Company

Cookies are making a comeback as wedding dessert favorites.

By Irina Grechko
The wedding cake cookie is one of many designs Kalorama Cookie Company offers. All photographs courtesy of Kalorama Cookie Company.

Last spring, after years of baking cookies for friends and family, native Washingtonian Patti Greenstein decided it was time to take the leap and turn her hobby into a business. “Brides are always looking for the next new thing, and I thought cookies have a lot to offer,” she says.

It turns out she was onto something. Kalorama Cookie Company, a gourmet bakeshop specializing in custom-designed sugar cookies, has spent the last year turning out delicious creations for bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and weddings. From brides looking for elegant cake designs to add to favor bags to grooms requesting sports-themed baked goods for their bachelor parties, Greenstein works with every client individually to design the cookie they envision.

We chatted with Greenstein about custom designs, flavors, and creative ways to include cookies on your big day.

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Take the Cake: Patisserie Poupon

With the full tasting treatment, our reporter is transported to France, via Georgetown’s Patisserie Poupon.

By Erin Keane Scott
A sampling of the tasty treats at Patisserie Poupon.

The famous words “Let them eat cake” don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what is available to sample at Patisserie Poupon for soon-to-be newlyweds contemplating sweet decisions for their celebration. Proprietor Ruth Poupon suggests dipping into cake (of course), but also macarons, croquembouches, and mini pastries.

For brides seeking elegant, decadent desserts, Patisserie Poupon has much to offer. Classic French cake flavors, croquembouches filled with chocolate, vanilla, or Grand Marnier cream, and a multitude of petite tarts and mille-feuilles serve well for a nuptial-worthy dessert buffet or sweet takeaways for party guests. And who wouldn’t love a little touch of French romance on their big day?

Madame Poupon treated me to the full bridal tasting at the Georgetown cafe, where we talked about popular flavors, pastry skill, and finding love.

I’m surveying these beautiful plates of cakes, pastries, and macarons. Is this what a couple can expect when they come for a consultation with you?

We have a complimentary tasting, and since it is complimentary, we first ask when and where the wedding is to make sure we can do it. After that, they can come in and we give them a sample of everything we make. They can also see some pictures of cakes we’ve decorated in the past. Then it’s really up to them. It’s all very custom.

If they have something in mind, they should bring a photograph. They should also bring their appetites, because we give them a lot of cake.

Macarons in pretty pastel shades are a great option for take-away favors. 
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Take the Cake: IndAroma’s Fusion of Indian Designs and French Techniques

Inspired by South Asian and Indian culture, Abhishek Handa’s wedding cakes are as beautiful as they are tasty.

By Erin Keane Scott
An IndAroma wedding cake, featuring jeweled detail. Photographs courtesy of Story Motion Studios.

Here at Bride & Groom, there’s nothing we love more than a beautiful cake that tastes good, too. When we saw the delicious wedding cakes created by Alexandria’s IndAroma at a recent Indian-themed luncheon at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, we were immediately bowled over by the gorgeous designs—but it was the flavor of the cakes themselves that had us truly impressed.

We caught up with IndAroma’s owner, Abhishek Handa, to talk about where cake fits into Indian wedding traditions and what makes his confections different from anything else around.

How did you get into the wedding cake business?

My wife and I started the company in 2009 with a bakery concept in mind. The Indian market in the area didn’t have an option for cakes. There is a huge French influence on Indian wedding cakes, which use ingredients like fresh whipped cream and sponge cake, so that’s how we make our cakes. Our decoration is also heavily influenced by Indian art, specifically henna.

An IndAroma specialty is the ability to reflect the art of henna tattooing with piped icing. 
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Take the Cake: How to Choose a Groom’s Cake

Leslie Poyourow of Fancy Cakes by Leslie dishes on what makes these sweets a great addition to a nuptial celebration.

By Erin Keane Scott
A groom's cake, made to resemble a fish. All photographs courtesy of Fancy Cakes by Leslie.

After 17 years of creating off-the-wall sculpted cakes for parties and weddings (be it a bushel of “crabs,” or a 3D version of a groom’s college mascot), Leslie Poyourow of Fancy Cakes by Leslie has learned a little something about how a personalized design can add character to a wedding or rehearsal dinner. We chatted with her about trends, choosing a theme, and how to surprise your groom with a cake that’ll make his day.

Tell us about some of the craziest groom’s cakes you’ve done.

I’ve done so many cakes it becomes a blur. One that was memorable was for a stockbroker—we did this huge bull holding a stock in his hand. Some of the mascots are really funky. I did one this weekend that looked like a tree; it was the Stanford mascot. Another one I remember was Georgia State, which was a dog sitting on ice. I guess the dog sits on ice because it’s so hot there.

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Take the Cake: Meet the Baker Behind Maggie Austin Cakes

We’re doing pirouettes for this former ballerina’s elegant creations.

By Erin Keane Scott
The Ribbon and Roses and Bas-relief cakes from Maggie Austin Cake. All photos courtesy of Maggie Austin Cake.

Welcome to a new feature on Bridal Party. We'll be meeting some of our area's very best wedding dessert connoisseurs every other week with "Take the Cake."

There’s a new recipe for creating beautiful cakes. Mix a lifetime of classical ballet training with a French pastry education and an apprenticeship with superchef Charlie Trotter’s dessert genius, Della Gossett, and you’ll reach something pretty close to perfection. Maggie Austin brings exactly that delectable résumé of accomplishments to DC, whipping up innovative flavor combinations and beautiful decorations. We caught up with Maggie to talk trends, her favorite flavors, and how baking is like ballet.

Who is the “Maggie Austin” bride?

Brides who are doing their research, who are on Pinterest and reading blogs looking for ideas.

And what can a couple expect at one of your cake tastings?

I definitely have a distinct style, but I get inspired by my clients. I don’t ask them to bring anything along to the consultation; rather I ask them to talk about the aesthetic they’re going for. I won’t re-create the dress in cake form.

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Bright, Sunshiny Cake

C’mon, get happy with this cheery yellow wedding cake.

By Kim Forrest

Traditional meets modern in this wedding cake. Photograph by Grogan's Photo Image

If this gloomy weather has you feeling a little down, we’re hoping this cheery yellow wedding cake will brighten your day! Created by Zane Beg of the Sweet Life in Annandale (you may recognize these guys from the Food Network Challenge), the cake’s pattern was inspired by the look of vintage lace to honor one bride’s grandmother. We’ve noticed that yellow has replaced pink as the hot DC wedding color of the moment, and we’re loving how this cake mixes the modern hue with a traditional design.

To check out more of the Sweet Life’s fabulous cakes, visit the company’s Web site.

Would you serve this cake at your wedding? Let us know in the comments!


A Zombie Wedding Cake

Have we got a Halloween treat for you: one of the scariest (and coolest) wedding cakes we’ve ever seen.

By Kim Forrest

Would you eat this creepy confection? All photographs by Dennis Drenner

Since today is Halloween, we thought we’d share a wedding cake that’s as creepy as it is creative. Falls Church couple Ann and Brian are zombie-movie fans (Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later, and Zombieland are some of their recent favorites), so when it came time to choose the cake for their September 2011 wedding at the Hotel Monaco, they asked Leslie Goldman Poyourow of Fancy Cakes by Leslie in Bethesda to create—you guessed it—a zombie wedding cake, featuring an axe-wielding bride, a chainsaw-carrying groom, and various undead creatures scaling the four-tiered confection.

According to Brian, he and Ann thought it would be a “fun and fitting homage to our love of all things zombie. Because, as my new wife says, ‘If you can’t have fun with a wedding cake, you’re taking yourself too seriously!’”

We couldn’t agree more. (More close-up shots of this amazing cake after the jump):

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