Cakes, wedding or otherwise, simply do not come any more beautiful than Ron Ben-Israel's. And what's even better, they taste as good as they look: mouthwatering and exploding with confectionery flavor, which is not something you can generally say about wedding cakes. In business a little over ten years, Ben-Israel is the darling of brides in the know. Prior to his meteoric rise, the gifted baker was working for a caterer and baking charming little cakes on the side that were periodically used in window displays. One day, Martha Stewart walked by the Mikimoto storefront, and the rest is, as they say, history. (In fact, when Stewart's company celebrated its 15th anniversary, "the only cake she wanted," he declares proudly, "was mine.")
Ben-Israel says he is always influenced by things that are taking place in the design world, whether it?s architecture, interior design, flower arranging, the haute couture ateliers, and so on. "When everyone was doing delicate cakes white and pale with baby's breath, I wanted to do lavish things with saturated colors and big flowers -- hydrangeas. When Vera Wang was doing sexy wedding dresses, I wanted to do sexy cakes." Today, Ben-Israel is the wedding cake man to emulate. Cakes range in price from about $12 to $15 per slice, and the minimum is $500, depending on time availability of the bakers; orders are usually placed six months in advance. 42 Greene St. btw. Grand & Broome Sts., 5th flr., 212-625-3369; www.weddingcakes.com (This article originally appeared in the 4/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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