Marina loves cakes.  As a 12 year old she wrote a letter of complaint to the pastry chef of her favourite patisserie in her home town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  She argued that the receipt change she’d accused him of hadn’t worked – that his subtle tweak of the hazelnut and dark chocolate mousse cake was flawed and demanded that he add more dark chocolate as there had previously been.  Her obsession with cakes continues today.

Professionally, however, she started in fine dining.  After studying cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in London, Marina worked with some wonderful chefs including two Michelin-starred chef, Marcus Wareing.

It wasn’t long before she found her way into one of London’s great pastry kitchens at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, where she could bake all the delicious, sweet things she dreamt of.

Marina now lives on beautiful Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland with her husband, her two adorable little children, an eternally hungry labrador and a view to die for.

Cakes for Marina is not just about making a statement with your wedding cake – having stunning design fitting for the occasion – it’s also about having the wow-factor when your guests taste it for the first time.  Marina’s cakes taste amazing – only the freshest ingredients, prepared and baked to perfection.

In addition to wedding cakes, Marina specialises in macaron, bem casado (traditional Brazilian wedding sweets) and other delicious bit sized treats that can be ordered individually or as an entire desert table.

Marina would be delighted to design and make a special cake for your special day.  For tastings, flavours and prices, please contact Marina or visit her website

Textured buttercream with rough edges allowing fresh honey drizzle to cascade down creating a pool of fresh honey between each layer. Combined layers of passionfruit with vanilla bean buttercream and vanilla butter cake with wild orange buttercream. Complete with chards of white belgium chocolate, blackberries and fresh local honeycomb from Tamborine Mountain.
Marina loves to make macarons, fresh. Everything must be fresh!!
Pistachio financier. Marina likes serving it with sour cherry or boysenberry sauce.
Inspired by eucalyptus leaves that have naturally fallen onto the rainforest floor with golden hues from the sun.
Our model Bride Allira is holding a cake by Marina, wears a Made with Love Bridal gown with hair and makeup by Lara Quinn.
Classic European flavour with a modern twist! This 2 tier cake features soft fabric texture made with sugar ruffles and wand painted watercolour sugar chards with a mini baby cake. Marina loves to make a mini cake to match the bridal cake and available upon request.
Our model Bride to Be La’Ace de Vries holding a baby mini cake by Marina, wears a Begitta gown with makeup by Lara Quinn and hair by Ulyana Aster.

All images on this page have been beautifully captured by White Parrot Photography & Film for Scenic Rim Bride. If sharing any of these images, please kindly credit the White Parrot Photography & Film, Scenic Rim Bride and of course, Marina Machado Cakes!