Chat with Ron Ben-Israel

Ron Ben-Israel CakesOn Wednesday I had the pleasure of participating in the 3rd chat sponsored by PastryScoop.com and The French Culinary Institute - this week the cake guru was Ron of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes

Ron is an extremely talented cake designer with a great sense of humor. If you are able to catch a rebroadcast on the Style network of Martha Stewart's new show on wedding cakes, you will see Ron and his amazing flower creations that are so life-like.

Some interesting items from the chat:
- In season, Ron and his staff of 9 employees and supplemental interns will make 15 cakes a week
- Ron's entire staff is trained by him
- Ron's secret is to ice all cakes in Swiss Meringue Buttercream and then he adds the thinnest possible outside layer of fondant.
- Ron says fondant is delicious is small doses (thin and over rich buttercream) Of course, this is speaking of cakes that have been refrigerated, where the fondant doesn't harden and melts in your mouth.

In a couple of weeks, PastryScoop.com with be posting the transcripts of all 3 wedding cake chats to their web site - when they are available for viewing - I'll provide the direct link.