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Meet Chef Elisa Strauss

Before she became one of the reigning queens of cake, Elisa was working as a fashion designer for Ralph Lauren and Frederic Fekkai. Already interested in using cake as a medium for her artistic inclinations, she decided to take her passion further and enrolled in the Pastry & Baking program at ICE. After completing her and externship with Cheryl Kleinman Cakes in Brooklyn, Elisa launched her own custom cake business, Confetti Cakes, in 2000, along with a cake consulting service.

Watch: Our cake decorating chef instructors and students build a 10-foot tall replica of Buddy the Elf for Elf the Musical's return to the Theater at Madison Square Garden — go behind the scenes in the video below!

Named one of “America’s Top Ten Pastry Chefs” in 2008 by Dessert Professional Magazine, Elisa specializes in hand-sculpted and unique cakes that are best described as edible works of art. Her creations have appeared on Today Show, Sex and the City, The View and Martha Stewart and have been featured in such publications as InStyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Vogue, Modern Bride and New York Magazine. She has also written two books: her first, The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery, was released in 2007 and the follow-up, Confetti Cakes for Kids, was released in 2008.

We could not be more pleased that Elisa has returned to ICE as an instructor, teaching contemporary techniques such as fashion cakes and hand-painting to our professional cake decorating students.

Click here to read an interview with Elisa on the ICE Blog.

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