Marina Sousa
Craftsy Instructor

Capitola, CA

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After successful careers in visual merchandising and the entertainment industry, a twist of fate brought Marina to an upscale cake design studio in Beverly Hills. Marina received her degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. She's appeared regularly on the Food Network as a challenger, judge and featured chef for Food Network Caters Your Las Vegas Wedding and the Food Network Awards. However, ... Read Full Bio »

Marina's Craftsy Classes

Advanced Fondant Techniques

Celebrity cake decorator Marina Sousa reviews fondant handling basics and then works up to some very sophisticated techniques with texture, stencils, molds and piping. Follow along at your own pace as she shows you how to create lavish surface detail like lace and filigree, tie bows you'll swear are fabric and sculpt details from fondant, gum paste and chocolate.

$19.99 $34.99

Jeweled Wedding Cake

Learn dozens of Marina’s insider cake decorating tips as you make brooches, pearl bursts, buttons and all other forms of wedding day bling. Create a multi-tiered masterpiece dressed in edible embellishments. Sculpt simple round cakes into tapered or wavy tiers. Construct custom pedestals draped with fondant swags and come away with essential cake industry knowledge. In Marina's Jeweled Wedding Cake, you won't just be enamored with the dazzling final cake – you'll fall in love with the process of decorating it as well.

$19.99 $39.99

Designer Fondant Textures

Add dimension, movement and pizzazz to your cake designs using ruffles, fringe, geometric designs and much more. Use a wide array of specialized and household items to recreate three variations of six different fondant textures. And learn to mimic couture gowns with hand-painted and embossed ruching techniques. Marina will also teach you multiple variations of fringe, from fun flapper-esque bands to elegant swags and playful loops!

$19.99 $39.99

Building Better Cakes: Creative Cake Separators

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.

$19.99 $49.99

Fondant Techniques: The Sweet Treat Tower

Master an array of amazing fondant techniques alongside Marina Sousa as you create a toppling tower of extraordinary cakes and treats! Start by constructing the simple, sturdy center-pole structure that elevates this lofty design. Use fondant wrapping and paneling techniques to make fun package and box cakes, and decorate them with elegant edible lace and beautiful embossed panels. Make a whimsical cake with ombré detailing and impressive onlay embellishments. Create grosgrain-striped and polka dot bows with an inlay technique. Use fondant to recreate a luscious cupcake with swirled icing, as well as a variety of other sweet treats: macarons, eclairs, cookies, doughnuts, brownies and even candies with edible gelatin wrappers. Then, get tips for assembling your tempting treats into a sweet tower your clients and friends won't ever forget!

$19.99 $34.99

Marina Recommends

Fashion-Inspired Fondant


Anne Weil
taught by
Joshua John Russell

If you're passionate about making stylish, gorgeous cakes, take a look at this class. Joshua John Russell will show you how to use fondant to mimic fabric, textures, and colors inspired by the great runway designers of the world. Joshua is a fantastically charismatic teacher, and he's always fun to be around!

$19.99 $34.99

Meet Marina

What's New

SPECIAL OFFER just for CRAFTSY STUDENTS! I will be teaching two hands on master classes here in California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. February 1-3 & 4-6 2013.  I say "master class" not necessarily because of skill level (all skill levels are welcome!)- but more so because it's a rare opportunity to spend 3 days - in an intimate, personalized, hands on environment that will truly allow you to take your skills to the next level. It is truly going to be an extraordinary experience and I am so looking forward to working with people who are as dedicated and passionate about the art of sugar craft as I am!  There are just a few spots left! Please let me know if you have any questions I may answer for you about the classes- and for specific information about the two classes please click here:  Wedding Cakes... Design to Delivery! The Sweetest Celebrations! Mention "Craftsy" and you'll receive a special enrollment bonus! And if you register for BOTH classes you will also recieve a $200 credit towards any of Marina's Molds! xoxo, Marina

Marina's Projects

Cake Parade #3
Fringe Bands (close-up)
The Sweetest Celebrations!
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