Recommended by 95%
Kate · Married on 09/18/2011
Marina and her team whipped up a magical cake for our wedding last September in Big Sur that everyone is still raving about! She was very accommodating and we had a fabulous tasting session at her office in Capitola - so many delicious options to choose from! We decided on a lemon/raspberry layer cake and a mocha cake - both were out of this world! We have been hearing quotes such as "that was not only the best wedding cake I have ever tasted, but the best dessert I have EVER had!" My sweet, petite relatives reportedly ate 3 pieces! Marina professionally had it delivered to our site in Big Sur for a reasonable fee, and she working in conjunction with our florist to have matching flowers to our centerpieces decorating the cake - we couldn't be happier! I am already counting down the days until we can order our anniversary cake from Marina & her team. Thank you! :)
Allie · Married on 06/11/2016
Marina Sousa, with Just Cake, was wonderful to work with! She created an elegant cake, with the same aesthetic as our invitations, included our monogram as the focal point, and worked with our florist, Fionna Floral - they are business neighbors, so it was super simple! She even created two custom grooms cakes - a surprise for my husband!
User6083876 · 2+ years ago
Our Wedding cake was absolutely stunning ,more than we could ever dream of! Just perfect!! Everyone raved about how beautiful and delicious it was ! We were excited to see that there was some left over to enjoy since we didn't really get to at the reception :) JUST AMAZING !!
Lindsay · Married on 09/20/2015
Marina and her team created beautiful cake for our wedding this past September in Carmel that everyone is still raving about! She was very accommodating and we had a fabulous tasting session at her office in Capitola - so many delicious options to choose from! We decided on four different flavors - the meyer lemon cake with lemon mousse, lemon curd and olallieberry compote (which she made with the just the right amount of tartness that I wanted), a chocolate cake with caramel mousse, salted caramel and toasted almonds/praline crumble (so very decadent), red velvet with toasted pecans and cream cheese butter cream and finally the spiced cake with caramel cream cheese mousse and apple compote (perfect for the fall). All of the flavors were out of this world! We had tried four different vendors before we met with Marina and all of them had been so disappointing but not Marina. Her cakes were the best in taste and texture. We have been hearing quotes such as "that was not only the best wedding cake I have ever tasted, but the best dessert I have EVER had!" Marina worked in conjunction with our florist to have matching flowers to our centerpieces decorating the cake - we couldn't be happier! I am already counting down the days until we can order our anniversary cake from Marina & her team. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Shirley · Married on 07/18/2015
Thank you so much to Just Cake and team for going above and beyond to make our wedding day fabulous. We left a few design details up to Marina to use her descretion and she is truly an artist, not disappointing one bit! Our guests keep asking when we will have another Just Cake cake in our future and we already have plans to have Just Cake make our baby shower cake and we cannot wait!
User6117274 · 2+ years ago
Marina, Michelle the gang are just amazing!
My husband and I are both Disney fans and wanted our cake to have a little extra something to it. When we suggested a "hidden Mickey" on our cake, the representative from the other big bakery in Santa Cruz recoiled and responded that their designs were standard and only augmented by size, flavors and flowers.
When we chatted with Marina, we instantly bonded over our love of good food and Disney. When I suggested that "hidden Mickey," she said it'd be no problem. She then showed some of the amazing designs she had done... and then I saw... the Haunted Mansion cake! Yep. We both fell in love with our cake maker.
Not only that, of the 4 cake bakers that our venue (Hollins House) recommended, Marina's cake tasted the best. I have never had as moist a cake. And the flavor balance was sublime.
Marina- your cake was the finishing touch on a wedding that many described as "magical". I think I had the latest cake cutting in wedding history. And they all said it was worth it.
6 months after the ceremony-- people are still talking about that wedding and that amazing cake.
These ladies aren't just bakers. They're artists.
Maira · Married on 11/22/2014
If you are having a Monterey wedding (or in the surrounding vicinity), look no further. My wedding cake was DELICIOUS and looked just like the pictures on the website. I was out of town bride contacting vendors via telephone, email and Just Cake accomodates to just that. We went with their Classic Cake collection. All white buttercream, choice of flavors and size. One guest described the marble cake as "heaven"...that's right, "heaven". =)
Meghan · Married on 07/13/2013
I had seen Marina Sousa on Food Network and had learned that she had a shop in Capitola. I knew right away that I wanted her to make my wedding cake. My fiancé, my mother and myself traveled from Monterey to her shop to design our cake. Her shop is very cute, filled with samples of her cakes. Meeting with her was a very fun experience. She listened to our desires, and looked at the pictures of my dress, theme, décor and venue. She achieved the vision that we wanted for our wedding cake. She added personal touches that were important to us. While I was getting dresses for the wedding I was told that the cake arrived. I was sorry that I missed Marina, but my maid of honor took a picture of the cake and showed it to me. I was thrilled! I could not wait to see it. The cake was not only beautiful but tasted fantastic. Our guests commented that it was the best wedding cake they had ever eaten. Marina s definitely an artist and our cake was phenomenal. Our wedding day was like a fairytale and the cake just made it even more perfect.
User2769051 · 2+ years ago
Thank you so much for our beautiful wedding cake! We loved it and it looked exactly as I had envisioned it.
It was delicious and we got many compliments about it.
Best to you and your team Marina!
Danitza and Heriberto
Allie · Married on 08/25/2012
Working with Just Cake was a no brainier. From the moment my family stepped into their office for a first meeting, we were warmly greeted with cake samples before ever agreeing to work with them. The samples, as our actual wedding cake, was unreal. They were the phantom cake bakers and I never saw or heard from them on my wedding day and when we got to the reception site, everything had been set-up perfectly.
Jennifer · Married on 07/17/2010
When we went to meet with Marina for our tasting we were blown away by the delicous cake's we got to sample. We had gone to two other cake tasting and there was no comparion. Marina was also the only person I could find who did my favorite cake red velvet. Marina is very kind and know's her cakes. When I saw our cake for the first time it brought tears to my eyes she got the vison of my cake perfect and it tasted fantastic everyone who attended our wedding is still raving about our tasty cake.
Aaron · Married on 10/04/2009
My wife and I were very pleased with our wedding cake from Just Cakes. Marina nailed the design style we were looking for, which was a series of patterns from our invitations. The three tiered cake was a true work of art both visually and in flavor and texture. Marina is a true artist.
Before narrowing down our final flavor choice, Marina provided several samples, and once I tasted them, I knew it was going to be a touch choice, but no wrong choices either. Every sample was delicious.
All in all, it was a great experience dealing with Just Cakes, and my wife and I can't wait for our one year anniversary cake from there.
Katie · Married on 08/15/2009
Marina Sousa of Just Cakes made my wedding! The cakes she created could have won Food Network awards. She is by far the most talented cake guru I have ever worked with. She is creative, innovative, and most importantly, she listens to what brides want and ensures they receive a cake that exceeds all expectations. She is just that good. Oh, and she has some real Food Network awards for her cake creations.
Lynn · Married on 01/01/2009
The cake was the thing I was looking forward to most and it lived up to my every expectation! It tasted AMAZING and was completely stunning. Marina (the owner) was really great to work with and was completely professional from beginning to end. I felt horribly because her mother died shortly before our wedding- she and her assistant, Marie, were extremely communicative and let us know what was going on so I wouldn't worry if I wasn't able to reach them during the time they took off for the funeral. I know it's a pretty random thing to put in a review but I was so impressed with how they handled what had to be at best a difficult situation I felt it worth mentioning. Point being, I always felt I was a priority and was completely thrilled with the end result.
If you are getting married anywhere on the Central Coast Just Cake is by far the BEST!
Nicole · Married on 07/01/2006
Marina was great to work with. She is so creative. She took our ideas and made them a reality. The cake was absolutely amazing. A year and a half later we still get complements on the cake. We had two great flavors that were a complete hit. I cannot say enough good things about her and her cakes. If you truly want a first class cake, Marina is the vendor to go to!
Angela & Jeremy · Married on 08/11/2012
The cake looked great and tasted great (not as moist as the cake we sampled when we had our tasting session, but still really good). Just Cake specializes in wedding cakes, and they really know what they are doing!
Aiko · Married on 11/08/2008
At first I was worried that because Marina is kind of a star in her playing field (she's won all kinds of awards on food network and other places) that she may dismiss us as "small time". We were on a budget and our wedding wasn't the largest. But that wasn't the case at all! Marina was so down to earth and even cut the cost a little bit to help fit within our budget. ( we actually went over but it was worth it!)
We were so impressed with her ability to design a beautiful cake that completely matched the theme on our invitation. She was the only vendor that looked at our invitation and had a design idea within seconds. (and we met with MANY vendors.)
The cake flavors were delicious too.
The only small note is that the color on the cake was a little lighter than our wedding color. Our color was a darker persimmon (almost a burnt orange) and the colored parts of the cake came out more like peach.
But all other aspects were great. Just Cake's prices are a little on the higher end but I think the quality of the product makes it worthwhile.
Brittany · Married on 07/25/2008
Best... cake... EVER! Not only did our cake look wonderful, it was seriously the best cake I've ever had. We had layers of red velvet (my fav) and layers of chocolate. I felt that it was on the pricey side but the quality of the cake and design could not be beat. You def get what you pay for. I can't wait to enjoy our top layer! I would definitely use her again for birthdays, special occasions, etc and would highly recommend Just Cake to any bride looking for the tastiest of cakes.
Alison · Married on 05/12/2007
The cake was beautiful and tasted amazing. Unfortunately the cake was supposed to be chocolate brown and it was ivory. I saw this right before I walked down the aisle.......
Liz · Married on 04/15/2006
The cake was so yummy! So many guests said it was the best wedding cake they have ever had! I was impressed with how it looked and how it tasted! It was worth every penny!
jarah · Married on 08/23/2014
I was very pleased with the wedding cake we got from Just Cake. Our tasting was enjoyable and we got a personal sketch of the ideas we had for our cake on the spot. The day of the wedding they arrived early and had everything set up on time, and our cake turned out just the way we imagined. It was also delicious! Thank you Just Cake staff! :)
Siobhan · Married on 08/09/2014
My (now) husband and I wanted a very specific cake for which we had a picture, which was the entire inspiration of our wedding colors and theme. We tried cake at several vendors in the Monterey area and all of them said they might be able to do it, but that it required lots of Fondant, which we didn't like. Only Marina at Just Cake said she could do it without fondant and that it would still look gorgeous. We took her at her word and it was absolutely amazing!! She did above and beyond what we asked for, and it was a beautiful and delicious addition to our wedding. We could not have been happier. Highly recommend!
Sally · Married on 08/15/2009
We really liked our cake, and it was beautiful.
Janelle · Married on 08/31/2007
Marina is so talented, and she can help you design your own cake of imagination. She's done celebrity weddings in Los Angeles before she moved up north. I absolutely loved the creative art that made my cake a master piece!
User6585946 · 2+ years ago
This is the best tasting wedding cake, hands down. One of my top priorities for our Holman Ranch wedding in March 2016 was to have a cake that tasted amazing. We had tasted cakes from another bakery in the Carmel area, but it did not compare to Just Cake’s options - they are rich and flavorful, exactly as a wedding cake should be! We went with a Signature cake, Meyer Lemon Olallieberry, and received SO many compliments about how delicious the cake was from guests afterwards. Our florist decorated the classic white tier cake with unopened peonies cascading down and the result was beautiful. Cons - the cake (including delivery) was expensive and it took a LOT of back and forths (47 emails!) to settle on details with the bakery team. But in the end, we were very satisfied with the results and continued eating the cake during the week after our wedding (yum!). Thank you to the Just Cake team!