Australia based chef Marina Machado is addicted to make mouthwatering and breathtaking edible art and she is undoubtedly talented at it. She simply explains; “I love making cakes. It’s what I was meant to do.”, adding that; “Preparing and making food has always been an essential part of my life. I have wonderful memories growing up in the rural heartland of Brazil where food is made lovingly from scratch. It’s an all-day communal affair, where stories are shared with family, friends and farmhands while splitting peas or stirring great pots of stew or making compotes and jams. To this day, it is something I dearly miss. So food is part of my soul, and sweet food especially.” In her mid-twenties, she moved to London to study business; but she soon missed the food of her childhood and lost herself in cooking again. “I soon realised I was climbing a ladder to nowhere, and so I enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu to study French cuisine. After one or two steps, I found myself making pastries at Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, one of the great pastry kitchens of London.” she tells on her blog. Then she moved to Australia and started making cakes and soaking up the beautiful natural surroundings where she found a connection with her hometown. She tells the rest of her story as follows; “I had an opportunity to make a wedding cake for a friend and it was the unbridled joy that it delivered, not just for me but also the bride and groom, that got me hooked. It’s not a job, it’s a passion, a vocation. It’s an opportunity for me to be who I am: someone who delights in creating beautiful things inspired by all the splendour and the vagaries of nature and knowing that it will be an integral part of a very special day.” We rounded up the most elegant and artful wedding cakes made by her to inspire the ones who plan to get married soon. Hope you find them inspirational.