Bleeding Heart Bakery Whips Up Wedding Cake for an “Idol”

By Patty Wetli | Monday, October 11, 2010

Bleeding Heart's laughing Buddha, designed for the wedding of Crystal Bowersox. Photo courtesy of Bleeding Heart.

It’s only fitting that Crystal Bowersox, the “American Idol” runner-up known for her unconventional style and independent spirit, would turn to Bleeding Heart, Chicago’s punk rock bakery, for her wedding cake.

“She came in herself about three weeks ago to place the order,” says Michelle Garcia, co-owner of Bleeding Heart (at 1955 W. Belmont) with husband Vinny.

To celebrate the special occasion, Vinny, the bakery’s lead decorator, designed a laughing Buddha for Bowersox and her groom, musician Brian Walker. For all you foodies out there: The all-organic vanilla bean cake and filling, with Italian buttercream icing, was covered in golden fondant and accented with handmade sugar flowers. The cake itself took three hours to complete, with the flowers adding another four.

Bowersox, who often played the Lakeview bar scene during the time she lived in Chicago, met Walker six years ago at an open mic night at Uncommon Ground, which was the scene of their wedding on Sunday. People magazine reports that the bride wore a hemp and cotton gown; in keeping with the eco-friendly theme, both Bleeding Heart and Uncommon Ground are members of the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op.

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