Let them sculpt cake

Dessert be­comes art in ‘Texas Cake House’

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - YOUR TV TIMES - By An­drew War­ren TV Me­dia

In my kitchen, cakes aren’t ex­actly art. Oh, they’re al­ways moist and most def­i­nitely de­li­cious, but the fan­ci­est dec­o­ra­tion I can han­dle is a driz­zled ganache, and maybe some sprin­kles. We’ve all seen real works of pas­try art, though, whether they’re in dis­play win­dows at a down­town bak­ery, a tow­er­ing tes­ta­ment at a big wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion or a cre­ation shown off in shows like “Cake Wars.”

At Sideserf Cake Stu­dio in Austin, Texas, though, they’re all about tak­ing art­ful cakes to the next level. The small bak­ery has earned na­tional at­ten­tion over the years — so much, in fact, that it has earned its own Food Net­work show, “Texas Cake House,” which pre­miered its sec­ond sea­son just last week and cur­rently airs Mon­day evenings. You can catch a new episode Mon­day, July 17.

For cake artist Natalie Sideserf, cakes aren’t just pretty things to eat — they’re the medium of her art. She doesn’t just dec­o­rate her sweet cre­ations, she sculpts them into beau­ti­ful, in­spired and some­times grue­some sculp­tures (her hus­band is a big hor­ror movie fan) that wouldn’t look out of place in an art mu­seum.

Speak­ing of her hus­band, Dave quit his day job when Natalie’s cake busi­ness re­ally took off, and now sup­ports her busi­ness full time. “Texas Cake House” isn’t just about the in­cred­i­ble cakes and the many hours that go into the cre­ation of each and ev­ery one. It’s also a look at what re­ally goes on be­hind the scenes when cou­ples go into busi­ness to­gether, as they work their way through all the ups and downs of the work­place and the stresses of own­ing a busi­ness.

It’s that per­sonal touch and con­nec­tion between its stars that re­ally makes “Texas Cake House” so spe­cial. It’s far from the first show about a suc­cess­ful bak­ery (“Ace of Cakes” is prob­a­bly one of the bet­ter-known se­ries of its kind), but no other show fea­tures the magic of a young cou­ple that’s very much in love work­ing side by side to ful­fill their dream — and what a sweet dream it is!

Join Natalie and Dave Sideserf in their Austin cake stu­dio in “Texas Cake House,” air­ing Mon­days on Food Net­work.

Natalie and Dave Sideserf as seen in “Texas Cake House”

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