Local bakers to the stars Divine Delicacies are getting their just desserts: a reality show. Las Divas de Azucar (Sugar Divas) premieres 9 p.m. Tuesday on MTV Tr3s. The longtime custom cake makers have already catered to the likes of entertainers Pitbull, Rihanna and Flo Rida and athletes, from boxer Floyd Merriweather to the entire Miami Heat team.
All in a fun, occasionally stressful day’s work.
“Our show is about the challenges we face and the often crazy deadlines,” says Divine Delicacies co-owner Laura Candeau, who runs the Westchester-area business with mom Iliana Lombardero. “Sometimes clients call wanting their cake the very same day and we have to move quickly and call in everybody to work.”
Another challenge for the divas: Keeping the weight down with so much buttercream frosting and fondant around.
“I'm always on a diet,” laughs Laura.
But one has to look up to par when you’re hobnobbing with celebrities. Believe it: The majority of star clients who call in for their decked-out cakes have been “super nice.”
“Really, we're there for them during the most special moments of their lives — birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations— so they’re in happy moods,” says Iliana.
Most recently the mother and daughter whipped up a gorgeous, pink, five-tiered confection for Sarah Jessica Parker during the actress’ appearance to promote her SJP line at Nordstrom Aventura last week. Each level featured a high-heel shoe, paying homage to the former Sex and the City fashionista turned designer.
Life is sweet for the mother-daughter team but they still miss dad, Jorge Rodriguez, who founded the company in Havana in 1985 and died in 2004.
“[Divine Delicacies] was his dream,” explains Laura. “We want to make sure his dream is still being fulfilled. I think he would be proud.”
Back to business
Jared Leto fulfilled an actor’s dream by getting an Oscar for his best supporting work in The Dallas Buyer’s Club but now he’s going back to his day job. Well, night job, of leading his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. The guys will begin their tour Aug. 8 at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. Tickets, from $20, are at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster. If Leto smashes the Oscar on stage, does that mean he’s a real rock star?
Justin Bieber should listen to his lawyers and keep his mouth zipped. On Friday in Miami, while answering questions about a civil suit filed against him by a photographer who claims he was assaulted by one of the Bieb’s bodyguards, the singer opened up a little too much. TMZ reports that when the photog's lawyer asked the 20-year-old if he had a prescription for Xanax, JB said no before his lawyers could object. Will the fact that he is taking Xanax illegally affect the DUI case?
Ode to Gloria
Singers/actors Fede y Tiago (Federico Díaz and Santiago Garza) announced the release of their new single, Make My Heart Go in a press conference last week at b2 Miami Downtown. “It’s been an immense pleasure to be able to share our music with our fans through different types of media. Our new single was recorded as a tribute to Gloria Estefan,” said Díaz and Garza.
Made in the shades
One third of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover, Nina Agdal, also happens to be the face of bebe, which is launching a new line of sunglasses. To celebrate, Agdal will be making an appearance from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the store's Lincoln Road location. The event is open to the gawking public with an RSVP to email@example.com.
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