Online Class

Building Better Cakes: Creative Cake Separators


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.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Marina Sousa

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.


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.

Lesson Breakdown

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!
2. Decorating Foam Separators
3. Center-Pole Separators
4. Decorating Center-Pole Designs
5. Stacked Swag Cake
6. Asymmetrical Bead Cake

Taught by

Marina Sousa
Marina Sousa
Marina is a Food Network Challenge champion and the owner of Just Cake in Capitola, California. She holds a 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 her work has been featured in several magazines including InStyle, Bride, Modern Bride and People.
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