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Building Better Cakes: Creative Cake Separators

with Marina Sousa
Elevate your cakes with sturdy, sophisticated structures customized to your client's needs. Plus, use Marina's inspiring decorating techniques for designs that rise above the rest.

Confidently construct three types of advanced cake structures, each with two elegant design variations, using cake star Marina Sousa's inspiring decorating techniques. First, work with foam risers and simple materials to stack cakes for a floating-tier effect. Then, conceal your foam risers with gorgeous molded latticework and borders. Build center-pole structures where the support is disguised with green fondant "stems" that appear to pass through your top tier and bloom into a brilliant bouquet. Make a four-tiered cake structure adorned with delicate fondant stringwork, and a cantilever-style structure accented with curtains of isomalt beads. Take your cakes to new heights of design and demand with well-built structures and elegant embellishments.

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Lesson 1. Building With Foam Separators

  • Meet your instructor, the talented Marina Sousa, as she shows you how to stack and stabilize two- and three-tier cakes interspersed with foam separators. You won't believe how stable these cakes are!


Lesson 2. Decorating Foam Separators


Lesson 3. Center-Pole Separators


Lesson 4. Decorating Center-Pole Designs


Lesson 5. Stacked Swag Cake


Lesson 6. Asymmetrical Bead Cake

"I learned so much from this class! Although I have been decorating for years and have done many tiered cakes, I have never had the courage to try adding negative space with floating tiers or offset tiers. Now I can't wait to try! So happy you showed the "how to" with naked cake as well; makes it all make sense! Great job — keep 'em coming!"
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