Natalie Sideserf

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Natalie Sideserf
Natalie Marie Sideserf

(1985-01-07) January 7, 1985 (age 38)
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationOwner of Sideserf Cake Studio
David Sideserf
(m. 2012)

Natalie Marie Sideserf (née Elliott; born on January 7, 1985) is an American artist, teacher and chef specializing in hyper-realistic cake sculpting techniques. Sideserf has received national and global acclaim for her realistic designs.[1] In 2014, Food Network declared Sideserf as "one of the most talented young cake artists in the country at the forefront of realistic cake decorating."[2]

Born in Brunswick, Ohio, she holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a concentration in painting from The Ohio State University.[3]

Natalie has participated in Buddy vs. Duff seasons 2 and 3 on Duff Goldman's team.

Willie Nelson Bust Cake[edit]

Considered by Sideserf as her breakout opportunity,[4] her submission of a bust made in the likeness of country music singer Willie Nelson won best in show at a cake competition hosted in Austin, Texas.[5] When her brother posted an image of the cake to Reddit, it reached number-one on February 23, 2013, garnering over 1.2 million views.[6] Although it was Sideserf's first attempt at a sculpted bust, the positive reaction prompted her to launch her own company, Sideserf Cake Studio.[4]

Severed Heads Wedding Cake[edit]

In October 2013, just eight months after receiving global attention from the Willie Nelson cake, Sideserf took on a much darker subject as a follow-up: the decapitated heads of herself and her groom-to-be. “I was heavily influenced by the Halloween season, my husband's love for horror movies, and the venue which was the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” she told in an email. “While we do a vast array of different cake designs for our customers, hyperrealism has been one of my favorite subjects so the thought of doing our severed heads was a no-brainer (no pun intended).”[7] The cake was featured on Episode 40 of ABC's The Chew.

Sideserf Cake Studio[edit]

Sideserf Cake Studio is located in Austin, Texas and is the first bakery to coin the term "Cake Studio", putting an emphasis on the artistry of decorating and design as opposed to traditional bakeries. Clients have included Austin-centric events like the Moontower Comedy Festival and SXSW as well as celebrities like American Idol judge Keith Urban,[8] Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel, Big Freedia, and others. Her husband, Dave, has quit his day job to support Sideserf in her business.

Texas Cake House[edit]

Natalie and her husband Dave Sideserf are hosts of Texas Cake House on Food Network. The series highlights Sideserf Cake Studio and the incredibly realistic, sculpted cakes Natalie painstakingly creates for clients using her fine art background. In this series, Natalie and Dave give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run a successful business with a spouse.[9]



  1. ^ "SEE IT: Severed heads used as wedding cake". NY Daily News. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Michelle Honeman and Liz Marek, Artisan Cake Company : Food Network". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Cleveland's Top Chefs at Fabulous Food Show". A Fork on the Road Show with Mark DeCarlo. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sideserf Cake Studio Transforms Cakes into Lifelike Art". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sideserf Cake Studio Awards". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "A cake that my sister made... I present: Willie Nelson! • /r/pics". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Bride makes gruesome severed head wedding cake". Fox News. November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ryan Seacrest Hand-Feeds Keith Urban His Cake For American Idol Judges' Party! Fill in the Blank!". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "Food Network Fast-Tracks Two Pilots To Series | Multichannel". Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  10. ^ "Monday January 8: Dr. Travis Stork, Dave & Natalie Sideserf, Stephanie Izard, April the Giraffe - Pickler and Ben". Pickler and Ben. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Outrageous Food : Food Network Specials : Food Network". Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "I Want That Wedding! | Channel 5". Five. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  13. ^ "Till Death do Us Part Wins Facebook Top Ten!". Stan Winston School. Retrieved November 28, 2015.

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