Baker Valentyn Shtefano and his bride Viktoriya show off her wedding gown, which Shtefano made out of flour, eggs, sugar and caramel in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod in Aug. 27, 2006. The edible dress, made of 1,500 cream puffs and weighing in at 20 pounds (9 kilograms), took the 28-year-old baker two months to make. By the end of the wedding reception, bride Viktoriya said she didn't want to take it off.


  Shtefano is a rising star in the field of baking as visual art, earning him a following in this city near the border with Slovakia. His creations have generated a buzz in a place where cake is often layers of heavy cream, wafers and nuts or poppy seeds — more something to eat than to look at.


  "At first glance, it's really a surprise. I didn't even believe it was a cake," said Olha Nemyataya, who sampled some of Shtefano's new desserts. "Nowhere in Uzhhorod have I seen things like this."


  He got his first job as a baker six years ago. Last year, he took a three-month baking course in Paris and entered an international baking competition with his sister. They made a 2-foot-long 1920s-era Cadillac from cream puffs and caramel, and took third place.


  His biggest challenge was the wedding dress cake. At first, he sewed empty cream puffs together, but the dress collapsed. Then, he carefully attached the puffs to a wedding dress frame, and Viktoriya spent a couple hours each night before the wedding modeling the dress as Shtefano added more puffs. Her crown, bouquet and necklace were made from caramelized sugar.


  "At first, it was even a little embarrassing," Viktoriya Shtefano said of the dress she wore to the couple's reception. "Cameras, interviews, but after a couple of hours, I didn't even want to take it off."


  The baker hopes to someday open a business with his sister in Ukraine, believing there's more room for skillful bakers here than in Paris.



乌克兰面包师为妻子打造蛋糕婚纱(图) - Chef makes wedding gown with cream puffs: