Elisa Strauss, (born June 9, 1976) is the proprietor of Confetti Cakes, a top New York City-based bakery specializing in custom designed cakes. Confetti Cakes enjoys a large celebrity following, and Strauss has been featured on numerous television shows, including three Food Network Challenge series, Martha (TV series), and The Today Show. One of her cakes was also featured on HBO's Sex and the City as Charlotte and Harry's wedding cake.
Elisa is the author (with Christie Matheson) of an instructional cookbook featuring many recipes and methods for decorated cookies, cupcakes, mini cakes and more elaborate sculpted cakes.
Elisa grew up in Roslyn, New York located on the North Shore of Long Island. She is the daughter of Karen and Elton Strauss. Her mother is a professional harpist and her father is an orthopedic surgeon. She has one brother, Eric M. Strauss, who is a producer at ABC News. Elisa started to draw at a young age and learned to bake from her grandmother Pearl Gustin.
Life before the business
Elisa graduated from Roslyn High School in 1994 and Vassar College in 1998 with a degree in Studio Art. She also spent a semester during her junior year at The Art Institute of Chicago.Before starting her bakery, Elisa worked as a textile designer at Polo Ralph Lauren and a handbag and hair accessory designer at Frederic Fekkai. While working in fashion Elisa attended pastry school at Institute of Culinary Education and graduated with a degree in baking and pastry arts. While working and going to school, Elisa was asked to make Ralph Lauren's 60th birthday cake in the shape of his Bugatti sports car. Soon after she was asked to design a shoe cake for the famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik
Custom Cake Shop
In 2001, Elisa incorporated her company, Ltd and began working out of a commercial space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery (2007) Little, Brown and Company ISBN 0-316-11307-7
Confetti Cakes For Kids: Delightful Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery (2008) Little, Brown and Company ISBN 978-0316118293