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confetti cakes: podcast and recipe!

by Grace Bonney

when it comes to cakes, few design them as well as elisa strauss, creator of confetti cakes in new york city. our summer intern christy kolar compiled a list of female entrepreneurs she wanted to interview this summer and elisa was at the very top of the list. so last week we jumped on the subway and headed over to confetti cakes‘ studio on the upper west side of manhattan. as someone who is about to get married, i’ve read my fair share of wedding magazines and elisa’s life-life sculptural cakes are always in the pages of modern bride, martha stewart, the knot and in style weddings– to name a few. in addition to being incredibly enthusiastic and a joy to talk to, elisa was kind enough to sit down with us to record a two part podcast to talk about her life, her business and keeping everything in balance. she even sent us home with delicious treats and a delicious cookie recipe to share on the site. so i hope you’ll enjoy part one and part two of our interview- thank you to elisa and everyone at confetti for letting us in on such a busy cake-making day and thank you to christy for arranging and conducting the interview. [photo above by rose callahan]

if you’re not familiar with elisa’s work here are a few links that might come in handy:

[image above via InStyle Weddings]

Part One: Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes (10 Minutes)

Part Two: Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes (11 Minutes)

[images above, left to right: Pink and Chocolate Embroidery cake via New York Weddings; Stiletto Cake with Shoebox by Alexandra Rowley]

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  • As someone who is still indecisive about career plans and is scared about what the future holds, I really appreciated this podcast. It’s nice to hear how people got to where they are and how their risks worked out in the end. Thanks for putting this together; I can’t wait for the next one.

  • I just got into cake decorating, and Lisa’s book, “Confetti Cakes,” is beautiful and full of really useful info. It’s great that she’s so forthcoming with her secrets to success!

  • wow! she was featured on PBS’ Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie:
    Trompe L’Oeil: The Art of Culinary Deception… just last night! it was AMAZING to watch her create a sushi board cake complete with individual fondant grains of rice in each sushi roll. i think it’s on again this Sat. aug 16. the whole show is very interesting.

  • thanks for the podcast. it was really nice to hear elissa’s story. and although i never bake, i’m a little tempted to try to bake her chocolate cookies. ;)

  • Hi Grace,
    thank you for this pod cast i really enjoyed it, its great you really do know your readers as i love knowing about women entrepeneurs and how they made it. I hope there are many more podcasts to come !!

  • The cakes are gorgeous – but I also love those black cake stands! Where can I get one???