Verusca Walker is a Brazilian born artist who is living out her cake dreams down under in Australia. After making a cake for her daughter’s first birthday, her popularity took off in the cake world and she never looked back.
From looking at a collection of Verusca’s cakes, one would be blown away by her creativity, style and how easy she makes it look to defy gravity. Each an every one of her creations is brought to life before our very eyes with every intricate detail.
On top of her cake business, Verusca is a regular contributor to Learn Cake Decorating Online and has many free tutorials on You Tube for all to enjoy. Throughout the year, she travels all over the world offering her talent, skill and fun personality to every class she teaches. A close friend, Mike McCarey, (a fellow cake artist), once said, "Your classes (Verusca) produce such great and consistent results. A true testament to you as a teacher!”
To Verusca, this is the best compliment one teacher could ever receive!
Brief history of your business and how you got to where you are today:
Well …. Life just took her course with me …. I was one wannabe artist competing in one very small and cruel market. In 2005 I made a cake for my daughter's first birthday mixing some of my sculpting skills and food. My friends and family loved it and orders were coming in from everywhere. So, I decided to go back to school to specialize in baking studies. In less than three months after school, I got a job in a cake retail company that offered me the much needed experience and practice. The job taught me to be more confidant, and most importantly to be quick and reliable. I also learned how to deal with pressure and problems including the weather. Australia is very well known for its weather being very unpredictable: 100% humidity, 45 Cº or -10 Cº, 120 kph winds - we can get it all here…. and no matter what you still have a cake to deliver. A year later I got invited to start teaching and here I am now….
How do you see your business growing over the next few years?
This year, I have a book, my own online videos that are launching, shows and a lot of traveling overseas. As long as God gives me strength I will keep working hard.
How were you first introduced to Satin Ice?
Satin Ice always has been very popular in Australia and always the first choice here for flavor and color.
Is there one particular project that stands out as significant or that you are particularly proud of?
I do like gothic and dark cakes so my tattoo line is my most significant. It gives me great pleasure to transfer flat images that you see in tattoos into a 3D dimensional cake.
How much does fondant play a part in your business and it’s growth opportunity?
Fondant is everything in my work. It is what gives texture, color and form to all my projects – and that is why it is so important to work with good and reliable quality fondant.
In 2009 I was the first artist that posted step-by-step how to’s on making a 3D car online for free on DeviantArt, (which is the world’s largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art). It was a great success, and for a long time, "3D Cars," was my expertise. You can find Verusca’s work on DeviantArt here. Since then I have moved to other objects, such as: bag and shoes, music instruments, hanging cakes and stacked cakes. I think now people know me as a gravity defying cake artist.
As I progress as an artist my favorites change - so it is really hard to say what is my favorite cake right now. This collage displays all my favorites at the moment!
Most challenging cake:
Definitely the cake chapel at The Cake Bake and Sweet Show in Melbourne with ACDN (Australia Cake Decorating Network). It was an incredible and challenging experience - but the one I am most proud.
Most unique cake you have ever done?
My cakes are usually based on real objects and things that people desire. I don't see them as unique…. What is “special” about my cakes, (I guess), is the way I make the objects to come to life and how I am able to teach my students from all walks of life and skill level to reproduce it in a way that you could not be able to tell who’s cakes is whose.
What do you find most rewarding about cake decorating?
To always be surrounded by talented people with the same interests and passion.
What is your best tip to share with other Satin Ice users?
I have a lot free tips and tricks on You Tube. The most popular tip: How to Make Your Own Mold with Leftover Fondant and Tips and Tricks for Christmas with Verusca Walker.
Is there any advice that you can offer to beginner cake decorators?
- Practice is everything…..
- Also make sure everything is clean, especially your work surfaces (benches or table).
- Look after your tools…. ;)
- Preparation is very important. If your cake isn’t covered with ganache properly, no matter how much time you spend smoothing your fondant, your cake will still have lumps and bumps.
Describe your cake decorating style in just 3 words:
Fun, colorful and practical.
I try to make cake decorating an enjoyable experience – one where you can do it in short timeframes with affordable equipment and items.
If you weren’t decorating cakes, what would you be doing?
I don't really have an answer for that. All I can say is: No matter what I was doing, I would be doing my best and giving 100% - for sure! I am Brazilian and also a Gemini so I am a hard worker and interested in everything that life offers.
Name: Verusca Walker
Education/Training: Advertising and Commercial photography College - Brazil, Secretary Bilingual Degree University - Brazil, Fine Arts (Major - Sculpture and photography) - Tafe Australia, Pastry Chef - Tafe Australia.
Business Name & Location: Verusca Walker Cakes, NSW, Australia
Number of Employees: It’s just me!
Website/Facebook page: www.veruscawalkercakes.com
Cake philosophy: Everything is possible!!!!!