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Interview with Marina Sousa

After successful careers in visual merchandising and the entertainment industry, a twist of fate brought Marina to the doorstep of an upscale cake design studio in Beverly Hills. There, she discovered her passion and unique talent for designing cakes. Known for her beautiful cake design, Marina has been on the Food Network as a champion and judge as well as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Read an extract of the interview here:

How do you feel about people replicating your cake designs?

That’s such a hot button issue for some people! I feel like if you put your work out there in the world, it’s ripe for the picking. It is what it is. It’s art. What I find fascinating is newer decorators claiming to have invented a technique and then becoming indignant about others copying them when the reality is, someone else pioneered that particular technique long ago. I think there is a real lack of knowledge as far as “cake history” goes and no true resource. I was teaching last week and half of the students had never heard of Mike McCarey and credited someone on Facebook for inventing cantilever style structures?! With so many people out there in the teaching market these days, it’s become harder to identify the true source, but it’s safe to say that nothing is new out there! It’s the way of the world – what was old becomes new again; it’s simply a cycle. I find that people who are concerned about their ideas being stolen don’t have too many of their own. By the time your work is being replicated, a true designer should be on to the next thing.

Stealing images is another story. That just makes zero sense to me!

We are looking forward to seeing you at The Americas Cake and Sugarcraft Fair in Orlando, what will you be doing there?

I’m going to be teaching one hands-on class (Bas Relief Techniques) and doing a demo – cake borders 12 ways! Really looking forward to seeing you guys there!

What are your top three cake decorating tips for our readers?

1. Practice. Practice. Practice.

2. Develop your own style by exploring your personal design point of view.

3. Do consistently good work. One project is no less important than another. If you feel that way, it’s probably an order you shouldn’t take… And it’s ok to say no!

Read the full interview in the September 2015 Cake Masters Magazine NOW!

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