The lovely and talented Marina Sousa has done it now! With her latest online class with Craftsy.com, Jeweled Wedding Cakes, she has raised the bar for classes to come.
If you are not familiar with craftsy, they are an online craft site that offers affordable online classes that you can view in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want. You get to interact with the instructors and fellow students through the craftsy platform, and best of all your class is yours forever – there is no expiration date!
In, “Jeweled Wedding Cakes”, Marina walks you through techniques required to give your brides the bling factor they are all seeking these days! In this class, you learn how to use molds, cutters, pearls and dragees, to create eye catching pieces of edible jewelery and adornments that add a touch of elegance, sparkle and shimmer to your creations. If you are a novice cake artist, or a seasoned pro, this class is a must have to help elevate your skills to the next level!
Marina is one of the biggest names in cake land. She has won multiple competitions including Food Network Challenge, and has appeared on Oprah. I had the privilege of learning from her in person, and she is exactly the same on film as she is in class! Marina starts the lesson with a focus on design – a primer in the “how-to”. She then moves on to cover tips and tricks for covering and carving your tiers. One of the more interesting segments is on how to create your own cake stand that looks like it is made entirely of sugar! I love making wedding cakes and have learned so much from this class – including a quick and easy way for creating swags that look incredible!
Marina uses molds from her line available through MarvelousMolds and Icing Inspirations. She moves on to demonstrate how to brighten the baubles up by using lusters, disco dusts, edible pearls and dragees. And speaking of Marina’s molds, a HUGE thank you to my friend Chrissie from Icing Inspirations, who has generously agreed to give one lucky winner the opportunity to get their hands on 3 of the molds Marina uses throughout the lessons, valued at $75! If you would like to win Marina’s Bling squared, Jeweled Brooch, and Diamond swag molds, you need to do two things – 1) Make sure you are signed up for blogger and follow my blog; and 2)Buy Marina’s “Jeweled Wedding Cake” class and leave a comment below telling me what Marina does to make a “simple swag” (Hint: It is in lesson 4 at the 5:08 mark). All correct entries received by 11:59pm EST October 25th, will be put into a random draw.
This class is well worth the $40 fee, but for a limited time, you can purchase the class (thanks to Marina and Craftsy here for 50% off!)
If you really enjoy this class as much as I did, then you should check out Craftsy’s other cake decorating classes, including Marina’s “AdvancedFondant Techniques”. And if like me, you can’t get enough Marina, then join her (and 5 other amazing instructors) next November (2013) when she returns to Canada for Cake Carnival – a 3 day cake-a-palooza hosted by Icing Inspirations.
Keep your eyes peeled here next week, as I will be offering you a review of James Rosselle’s Exotic Sugar Orchids class on Craftsy. Oh yeah, we’ll be having a contest for that too!
Until next time,