PHOTO: We Are Obsessed With This Philly Artist’s Felt Wedding-Cake Replicas

They’re copy cakes.


Heidi Bleacher's felt wedding-cake replicas, available at Stadler-Kahn. Photograph by Brett Thomas.


When the last crumb of cake is eaten—including that frozen anniversary tier—all that remains of your once-towering confection is its image in your wedding album. That is, unless Heidi Bleacher has something to say about it.

Bleacher, a Philly florist and artist, started making felt sculptures seven years ago, and now crafts perfectly miniaturized wedding-cake replicas using felt she makes herself, from raw wool. Each cake comes customized to a couple’s specifications (her first re-creation, pictured, is based on her own wedding cake), and she experiments with techniques to mimic icing, fondant and other decorative elements, like flowers. (She says her lengthy creative process is “almost meditative.”)

Bleacher recently started selling her work at longtime friend Alexander Stadler’s Sansom Street shop Stadler-Kahn, where brides or gift-givers can order their perma-frosted copies. Each eight-to-10-inch-tall replica takes about three months to make, but all that time pays off: “I want to make something that I would want to have in my home,” Bleacher says. From $800, through Stadler-Kahn. —Nora Kelly

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