Springboard Design + Sugar ‘N Spires

Team Name: Springboard Design + Sugar ‘N Spires
Cake Name: Rietveld ReWind: From Concept to Reality
Cake Flavor(s): Sweet Almond Cake with Buttercream Filling.


While the Heinz Architectural Center (HAC) collection focuses on drawings, prints, and models, its mission is truly broader to celebrate architecture generally, especially the architectural design process. Our cake is inspired by HAC’s mission both in terms of its use of drawings, prints and models in the representation of an iconic modernist building, Gerrit Rietveld’s Schroder House (Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1924), but also in its celebration of the architectural design process itself. Our concept is to represent the design process – from concept to reality – in a delicious and beautiful cake.


About Springboard Design

Paul Rosenblatt AIA is the Principal of Springboard Design, an award-winning architectural firm with special expertise in the planning and design of museums, exhibitions, art filled homes and cultural and health services facilities. A graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, Paul has lived and worked in Pittsburgh since 1987, when he moved here from New York to teach at Carnegie Mellon University. His notable projects include The Maridon Museum (Butler, PA); The National Aviary (Pittsburgh, PA); the 2012 Carnegie Museum of Art Scaife Galleries Reinstallation; the Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story exhibition – with Brett Yasko – also at Carnegie Museum of Art; and the Loft/House, recently featured on HGTV’s ‘Bang For Your Buck’ national televison program. He is best known for his creative approach to design and problem solving and for his innovative use of materials and assemblies. This is Paul’s first use of cake as a building material – and hopefully not his last!

About Sugar ‘N Spires

Laura Yelon is the proud owner of Sugar ‘N’ Spires, a unique bakery located on the city’s north side specializing in custom cake sculptures. As head baker, Laura takes full advantage of her degrree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she concentrated on special effects and industrial design. The bakery has the ability to create virtually anything out of sugar. Previous clients have asked for sculptures ranging from anatomically correct human skulls to military humvees. Laura combines her love of baking and design with the ability to offer one-of-a-kind works of art.