Austin Woman Magazine — She Takes The Cake

Natalie Sideserf of Sideserf Cake Studio, February 2018

Natalie Sideserf, co-owner of Sideserf Cake Studio and co-host of Food Network’s Texas Cake House, has become an internet sensation by putting her baking and artistry skills on display, sculpting showstopping cakes that are incredibly intricate and hyperrealistic, including busts of Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James.

In Austin, Willie Nelson is a cultural icon. Much more than merely a singer/songwriter and celebrity, Nelson is part of the very fabric of this city. That said, with his worldwide renown, it’s not at all surprising a Reddit post about the red-headed stranger would go viral overnight, shooting to the No. 1 most-read thread on the site. What is surprising, however, is that such a phenomenon originated from Japan, and the post in question was a photograph of a cake that looked impeccably just like Nelson. Yes, that’s right, a cake.
This wasn’t just any ordinary cake, to be clear; far from it. This was a literal sculpture, incredible in its likeness and detail of Nelson, down to the last minutiae. It turns out the stunning, one-of-a-kind cake portrait of the musician had been crafted by Austinite Natalie Sideserf using a sculpture medium known as edible art. Not only did an image of the Nelson cake go viral on Reddit, thanks to Sideserf’s brother, who lives in Tokyo and is credited with posting the photo, but the cake also won Sideserf the 2012 Best of Show award at That Takes the Cake, garnering media attention from throughout the world.

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