Bride gets designer wedding cake and eats it, too

ATLANTA — When the big wedding weekend finally arrives, the bride and groom are often concerned about travel conditions at the airport — hoping out-of-town guests will arrive safely and on time.

Dina Fuchs, head of media relations for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and Todd Beresin, who were married Jan. 19 at the Four Seasons Hotel, had another cause for concern. Their wedding cake, a custom creation by New York's "reigning cake diva," Sylvia Weinstock, was set to arrive from New York on Saturday afternoon, first-class cargo, traveling alone.

Dina's wedding cake adventure began shortly after her engagement. While watching "The Today Show," she learned of a Web site charity fund-raising auction. Celebrity gowns, shoes and wedding paraphernalia were up for sale, with all proceeds going to breast cancer research at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital.

While searching the site, Dina spotted the Sylvia Weinstock wedding cake. Weinstock has made cakes for celebrities such as Charlie Sheen, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger, and Liza Minnelli and David Gest, whose wedding cake served 1,500. She has also shipped a cake to the Vatican.

The cake, with an estimated value of $3,000, went to Fuchs — the highest bidder — for $1,005.

According to Weinstock's Web site, her cakes cost from $350 to thousands of dollars, and she bakes more than 500 a year.