RON BEN-ISRAEL CAKES
For ornate florals and extravagant tiers, Ron is your guy
WHO Ron Ben-Israel
WHAT television host and baker extraordinaire
WHERE in the Garment District
WHY if you need a wedding cake, or one that’s kosher or gluten free (and delish), RBI is the baker to beat
Those in the biz can spot a Ron Ben-Israel cake from across a crowded dance floor. His perfectly finished fondant tiers decorated with life-like sugar flowers are his trademark, but the Food Network star (he’s hosted two series on the network) is also known for his architectural, fashion and fantasy-inspired cakes.
“The Manolo Blahnik of wedding cakes” as The New York Times referres to him, has been whipping up sugar masterpieces for weddings, mitzvahs, corporate events and television and movies for over 15 years. He’s shown Martha Stewart a thing or two while making a guest appearance on her shows, was interviewed on Oprah and designed the Swarovski crystal wedding cake in the second Sex & the City movie.
In addition to looking good in your wedding photos, you and your wedding guests will be happy with how yummy a Ron Ben-Israel cake tastes. While Ron and his team can bake almost any flavor you can think of, their standard wedding cake flavor menu includes vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, pistachio and banana with chocolate chip — to name a few — and the filling list has Mexican hot chocolate, cinnamon cappuccino, hazelnut chocolate, blackberry with chopped berries and lemon curd buttercream. Again this is abbreviated.
Our brides and grooms are as diverse as our creations, and each edible creation is custom created to complement our clients’ events.—Ron Ben-Israel
For couples looking for a kosher or gluten-free cake, you won’t be disappointed. Couples can choose between a dairy and non-dairy cake depending on their wedding reception menu. Trust us, your guests won’t be able to tell the difference between his dietary-restricted cakes and one filled with milk or gluten.
Ron doesn’t believe live flowers should be put on cakes so he and his team create anatomically-correct blooms. You read that right. Roses, tulips, anemones and orchids are just a few of the varieties of flowers you will find in his “garden.” Each flower is made from scratch in his Garment District studio, and you will often find Ron himself making petals for roses scheduled for a cake that weekend.
For brides who want to surprise their groom with a thematic cake at the reception, aka a groom’s cake, you can also order specialty cakes that reflect your new husband’s interests, whether it’s basketball or baseball, photography or movies, travel or a favorite pet.
While some venues will insist that you bring in an RBI cake, The New York Palace, Faculty House at Columbia University and One World Observatory exclusively work with Ron, he will travel anywhere in the tri-state area, including the Hudson Valley and the Hamptons.
And if his designs sort of look familiar, it’s because over the years Ron has collaborated with the style teams at Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, the knot, and New York magazine’s Weddings issue on creating original cake designs for their pages. You will have also seen his cakes for real weddings on Style Me Pretty and in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.
Wedding cakes start at $16 per serving. Specialty cakes at $1,500.
Headshot photo by Christian Oth. Wedding cake photos provided by Ron Ben-Israel Cakes.