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Let Them Eat Cake: Ron Ben-Israel Wedding Cakes
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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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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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