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

Pricing for the cakes start at $25 per guest, and St. Regis Director of Catering Martin Keeney explains that there are two possible routes of access to New York-based Weinstock during the process: Couples can hold their meetings via Skype with Weinstock and have cake samples shipped to DC for tastings, or the hotel can arrange for a trip to New York for an in-person tasting.

“I still want that one-to-one contact,” Weinstock tells us via phone. While New York may be her home, the cake designer is excited by the prospect of working more closely with Washington. She speaks fondly of our “beautiful avenues”, “very interesting food areas”, and “a few clients on the Supreme Court.”

As is the case with most [insert profession here]-to-the-stars, part of the reason Weinstock maintains an A-list clientele roster is that she’s respectfully tight-lipped when it comes to talking about them. When asked about projects commissioned by the Clintons, all she’ll offer is that they are “just delightful to work with”—and that “Hillary will have her name in the news enough without me mentioning it.”

Though the official agreement between The DC St. Regis and Weinstock is for one year, Keeney tells us that the hotel has every intention of “maintaining a long-term relationship.” More pictures of Weinstock’s most memorable cakes follow below.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.