The Cake Don – Making Cakes You Can’t Refuse
May 17, 2012 1 Comment
ZazenLife was lucky to meet and interview one of the most talented up and coming custom cake designers.
Don Donneruno is a custom cake designer, but some have been known to call him a conceptual engineer.
His cakes have a look and attitude all their own. Don draws upon an eclectic sphere of influences such as Salvador Dali, Muhammad Ali, Evil Knevil, Jack Kirby, Tim Burton, Jimmy Page, Pablo Picasso, Elvis Presley, Todd McFarlane, Andy Warhol and an endless list of others.
The primary creative force in his work is his experiences growing up in New York City. Taking the 7 train from Flushing Queens to Manhattan as a teenager was a crash course in pop culture, and he absorbed it all.
During the interview, he explained that his exposure to and participation in the Graffiti movement of the early 80′s laid the groundwork for the foundation of what would become his artistic style, is figuring out how to construct the cake and what materials to use. ”Broken down to simplest form it is me doing an art project for school,” he said.
“The way I approach it is that I have to make a model of King Tut for social studies class, the fact that there is cake inside doesn’t matter, it’s styrofoam and clay, or it is cake and fondant, it’s the same consistency.”
Donneruno’s enthusiasm for the business and being able to share his artwork with others shows in his face, in his tone of voice, and in his final product.
His cakes are so detailed and done to perfection that they almost look real.
The Cake Don is a partnership between baker Meredith Gulfman and Northport conceptual engineer and artist Don Donneruno. They say their passion for delivering a cake that fulfills the customer’s every desire is what drives them, whether that desire is a Louis Vuitton handbag or a Play Station 3 game.
I was lucky enough to taste one of these amazing cakes, and yes, they taste just as good as they look.
What amazed me the most was how realistic and detailed these cakes are while being completely edible.
To order a customized cake from The Cake Don call 516-398-0544, email email@example.com, or friend them on Facebook!