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Julie Deffense Artistry

Julie Deffense Artistry

Julie Deffense’s love for baking began in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. Living in Portugal however, sparked her innate creative talent for luxury cake design. Julie evolved her career transitioning from editorial design work to become an expert in elaborate cake artistry. She studied with various renowned cake designers and traveled between Portugal and the U.S. to train at the famous Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art in Illinois. By 2010, Julie had built a renowned reputation in Portugal for her beautiful and delicious creations with the establishment of novel (“pop-up”) cake shops, popular decorating workshops and the launch of her luxury cake business.

For almost 20 years, Julie and Jacques Deffense (the other passionate love of her life!) have resided just outside of Lisbon in beautiful coastal Cascais – currently the number one wedding destination in Europe.

Julie's talent for high-end cake artistry has attracted a loyal following and she is continually featured in many top European magazines, on wedding and lifestyle blogs, and as a baking and cake design expert on Portuguese television.

With impressive mastery of the Portuguese language, Julie is also successful book author in Portugal. She’s published three popular cookbooks and is currently at work on her first English-language edition.

As of 2016 Julie expanded her luxury wedding cake business internationally and is now based in Sarasota, FL from October through April, and in Cascais, Portugal from April through October. 

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