Interview #11: Verusca Walker


Bio

I’m a Brazilian artist who has been living in Australia for the past 12 years.
I am working with cake decoration for the past 4 years after finished Fine Artist and Baker studies.
I decided to mix both of the industries and make eatable art.

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Interview

How did you first get started with cake decorating?
For my daughter’s 1st birthday I made a cake in the shape of Noah’s Ark, with all the animals and it was a great hit, so for her 2nd and 3rd birthday, I made another carved cake and then all the mothers from play group, family members and friends started asking me for cakes.

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I decided to go back to school and do a Baking course but in less than 6 month I got offered a job in a major cake shop in Wollongong NSW. So since January 2009 I have been making cakes professionally.
Last year my life took another turn, when I was offered the opportunity to teach cake decorating…. so here I am now. And I must say I love what I do.

What has been your greatest challenge?
Learning to deal with greedy people. People that think “money” can buy everything. This is really being a struggle in my life.

What is the most rewarding part of cake decorating?
To see the smile on my client’s face, the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. When they take the time to write feedback and say thank you for the inspiration or for a great cake. That for me is the most rewarding feeling.

Could you give some tips to people who have just started decorating cakes or would love to start?
Practice, practice and practice. You will only learn and get confidence if you practice ;)

How did you find CakesDecor.com and what is it that keeps you coming back?
Gorgeous Raewyn came to one of my shoe classes and invited me to the group. I love the idea of being part of a community with the same passion and interest.

What’s been the biggest surprise in all of this for you?
How cake decorating became so big!!!!!!!
I never imagined that people would travel hours to come and watch one of my classes. I definitely never imagined that my name would be known all over the world. And the most amazing people respect and love what I do.

Which one of your cakes is your favourite?
I do love dark gothic cakes and my new tattoo line of cakes is my favourite.

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How long have you lived in Australia Verusca?
I was born in Sao Paulo Brazil in 1973.
My mother died from cancer age 29 years old, when I was only 11 years old.
At age 24 with a degree in Secretary Bilingual I came to Australia to study English. Here I met my husband and in 2000 I got married. I worked as a cleaner for 4 years to pay for my education in Fine Arts. My major was in photography, my great passion in life and also Sculpture. My teachers used to say that I have a 3D eye and great manual skills.

You’re teaching in Brazil and Europe next year, that sounds so exciting, what are you looking forward to most?
Brazil will be very difficult. I lost my only brother, my little brother 2 months ago. He had a heart condition. I was working very hard to go back to Brazil. So I am still trying to adjust to that.
I think to go outside Australia will be good for me to have some idea what other countries are doing. How they work and what they think about my work.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy seeing the smile on my students face, the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. When they write feedback to say: Thank you for the inspiration or for a great class. That for me is the most rewarding feeling.

You’re so busy; do you get much time to create new designs?
Yes I do have time but not to the level that I would like to take my cakes yet. I am very luck that I have a great husband and a beautiful little girl. They have been very patient with me. I am really looking forward to next year. Until now I have worked like crazy. But from next year I will have more time to create and finish my book.

If you could pick just one, which would be the decorating tool you just can’t live without?
My airbrush…. I can do a lot with my hands but the airbrush brings the cake alive. It transforms a dull cake into piece of art.

You are a Cake Idol to so many people around the world…do you have a Cake Idol?
Ohhhhhh yes…. I started in this business because of Debbie Brown and I will die her fan. I love everything about her, her creative mind, her persona and the fact that she makes affordable cakes.

Verusca, you have some exciting news about who you will be teaching with next year, would you like to share with our members?
Well Scott Noble is the owner and director of Bakery Sugar Craft and Cake Boss and invited me to teach at his branches. Scott is an entrepreneur with great vision for the future cake decorating industry in Australia. He has some amazing ideas for next year and I could not be more happy and proud to be part of a company that respects the industry and the staff.

I had a dream to become an Artist but life took me to the hospitality industry. I like to believe that in some strange way I am still making art. Edibleart.
I do have a complete different outlook about life, especially when it comes to embracing every opportunity life gives to me.
I appreciate everything around me and I always make sure to help people as much I can, because life is unpredictable and very fragile.

Life is not forever but our actions can live forever”.


Some of Verusca’s Cakes posted on CakesDecor

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Thank you Verusca for your time and Raewyn for your help with the interview ;)

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Martha ...

love your cakes.. amazing talent x

Peggy Does Cake ...

What a great interview. You are beautiful, inside and out!

Raewyn Read - Cakes by Raewyn ...

Fabulous Verusca! It’s so wonderful to get to know you a little better. You’re such an inspiration to so many, not just for your incredible artistic talent, but also you kind and generous nature. Thanks Verusca :) xxx

Laly Mookken's Cakes ...

You are a true artist!!!!!!!!!!!!

Callicious Cakes ...

Verusca… what a poignant, beautiful interview. I loved reading your story and there certainly has been some sadness in your life. I think you are an incredible young woman to have worked your way though some rough paths to reach you well deserved gal so far and sure you will climb higher. You are so clearly an artist and your attention to detail in your work shows an eye of an artist. I have friends living in Sao Paulo actually :)
I love your work and the lovely person you are reflects in your work… I totally agree with “The smile” that brings such joy when people see their cakes… I feel the same and the love of creating is most fulfilling for my soul … and yours too I see.
Thank you so much for sharing xxx

Callicious Cakes ...

that was “well deserved goal”

Ann-Marie Youngblood ...

Fabulous Interview! Thank you for your Sharing spirit! I have learned so much thru your tutorials! We all love your work! So Excited you have come to be a part of CakesDecor! Welcome!xx

Copy Cat Cakes ...

Great interview Verusca .. if there’s one thing I know, since I’ve had the privilege of meeting you and having you as a teacher, no matter how ‘big’ you get in the cake world you will still be there for your family & friends … and the many friends in your cake family. I am in awe of your generosity and your amazing talent and I wish you success in your new ventures next year. How very exciting for you .. but more exciting for the world of cakes .. look out, Verusca’s coming!!!! (your little brother will be so proud of his big sis xxx)

Daniela Pantaleo ...

Verusca you are definitely one of my idols. I remember searching the web years ago and you were one of the very first people I know who was generous enough to share her work and tutorials with us. You work surely is EdibleArt and each design you make is superb.
Your interview is from the heart and your life experiences have all played a role in where you are today. I’m certain your mother and brother are both right beside you watching your cakes come to life. Spirit has a great way of pushing you forward and helping you find strength you never thought you had. Congratulations on all your success!
I’m so happy you have joined on CakesDecor and look forward to seeing all your new work.

Fifi's Cakes ...

Verusca Walker is the loveliest caker on this planet. A rare and wonderful breed. so talented and yet so fabulously kind and wonderful. xx

G Sweets ...

What a great interview, Verusca! You showed your vulnerable side. I am amazed at not only your talent, but the strength of your spirit and your soul. I cannot imagine losing loved ones but I am sure that you are turning that into something positive. You are a wonderful person, Verusca… although I do not know you personally, your kindness and generosity transcends time and space. Bless your heart always and I look forward to many, many more wonderful creations! It is my dream that I be able to attend one of your classes someday.

Verusca Walker ...

I am here, crying after read all the comments and messages.
I don’t know many people that have the privilege to work in what they love.
I don’t know many people that have the oportunity to be showcase like this.
So thank you CakesDecor and Raewyn xxxxx
It is a great pleasure to be part of a community with same passion and interest.
My emotions are all over the place today, specially after reading some of the comments, so…. I am trying to type with my eye full of happy tears.
I have no doubt that I have two angels looking after me above but nothing this would be possible if a didn’t have my little angels here on earth. Thank you all.
You know who you are. ?
Understand…. we must live life with integrat and be true to our believes. We are nothing just dust, what we are will disappear but our actions will stay forever.
You saw what happened in Connecticut US yesterday. How many lives that imbecile changed, and for how many generations he will remember with hate and
disgust . Is that the way you really want to be remember????

Callicious Cakes ...

Wipe away your tears dear Verusca… you are much loved, much appreciated and admired and thank you once again for sharing your story. your a wonderful woman with so much wisdom already in one so young. :) Love you and love your creations xxxxxx

Ana Remígio - CUPCAKES & DREAMS Portugal ...

Beautiful interview Verusca!!! You really are an inspiration!!! Has Cali said you are much loved, much appreciated and admired, for your cakes but also by the fact that you are a wonderful woman and person.
You have an amazing talent and I wish you success in your new ventures next year…
Bless your heart and I look forward for many more wonderful creations! xx

Veenas Art of Cakes ...

wow, what a lovely interview Verusca! You really made me cry. So admire your words. What we are will disappear but our actions will live forever.
Was great to get to know you better. What a lovely human being you are.
Thank you for taking the trouble to share so many tutorials. You pave the path for so many with the desire to learn. True inspiration.
Always loved your work and creations, now am a big fan of you too.