Courtesy of Ron Ben-Israel
Wedding cake designer Ron Ben-Israel chats about tips for choosing a cake for your summer wedding, why he traded in ballet slippers for a baker's apron and clears up two common cake myths. —Kathryn Papanek
You were a ballet dancer before becoming a baker. Why did you decide to change careers?
I actually went to art school before getting bit by the dance bug. I would still be dancing today if my body hadn't betrayed me and I had to retire at the ripe age of thirty-five. The culinary industry, and particularly pastry arts, was a natural evolution of my strict training. I was able to apply my passion to the extreme discipline required to achieve perfect wedding cakes. And every cake I design and bake is like opening night!
We've heard a lot of mistaken ideas that brides have about cakes. Are there any wedding cake myths that you wish you could set straight?
The notion of...