Wilton Cake Decorating Classes

I used to do a lot of baking before my marriage but with marriage Allah (God) blessed me with two little kids in quick succession and a calorie conscious husband. Thus, I was left with little time or inclination to pursue my love for baking, let alone decorating cakes.
Recently, an advertisement for Wilton Cake Decorating Classes caught my eye at my  neighbourhood mall. My daughters admire fancy iced cakes , even though they hardly eat any…………..they just lick the frosting. I thought it’s a good opportunity for me to revive my hobby now that my daughters have grown up a bit. I told them about the course and they were more excited than me in anticipation of all the frosting they would get to lick .
Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Classes


There are three levels of the Wilton Cake Decorating Course –
Course 1 : Decorating Basics
Course 2 : Flowers and Cake Design
Course 3 : Gum Paste and Fondant
I was impressed to learn that over 4 million people have taken the Wilton Method Courses.
The Decorating Basics Class consisted of four classes of two hours each. The batch comprised of 10 amicable ladies and a gentleman who was the Supervisor of the Specialty Store (Bulk Barn) where the classes are held. The instructor was an extremely helpful and experienced lady who was certified by Wilton.
In the first class we learnt about the basics of baking and making icing. Then we decorated some cookies with a pastry bag using Wilton’s ready-to-use frosting. I couldn’t take pictures of the cookies because my daughters licked up all the frosting before we reached home……….their reward for agreeing to stay home with Baba ( Dad ) and behaving themselves while Mama pursued something she had been wanting to do for a long time.
In the second class we had to take an 8 inch iced cake to be decorated in the class with buttercream frosting. Here’s a pic of the cake :

Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Class Cake

 

The third class was about decorating cupcakes. We learnt how to make shaggy mums, rosettes, pompom flowers,leaves etc but once again I couldn’t manage to take pictures.

The final class, the “graduation class” as my instructor put it, was all about ribbon roses. A word of advice for anyone planning to take these classes : do watch some YouTube videos and practice the roses before going to class. As you can judge from my pic, I had a really hard time making them, as did most of my batch mates who didn’t practice enough at home. I also wanted to practise piping messages , so I wrote “Ramadan Mubarak” (Happy Ramadan – the muslim month of fasting) on my cake, even though Ramadan was a month away, lol.

 

Ramadan Mubarak Cake

 

Have a look at some of the tools I bought for the Decorating Basics class, apart from the 8 inch cake pan and cupcakes pan. I ended up buying much more than I initially guessed. As my instructor put it, once you get into cake decorating you never stop buying, so be prepared . The icing tips, spatula and pastry bags were part of the Student Decorating basics Kit , rest of the stuff – turntable, cake box etc had to be bought separately . Then, of course we needed the ingredients for our cakes, cupcakes, cookies and buttercream icing.More stuff will be needed for the next two levels – Course 2 and 3

Wilton Cake Decorating Classes Supplies

 

All in all, it was a really enjoyable experience. At the end of the class we got a certificate, a Wilton tote bag and a free gift – Wilton Message Pattern Press Set. I guess this was what was taught in our Marketing Classes as “Customer Delight” – going beyond customer’s expectations.

Wilton Cake Decorating Classes Certificate

 

I am looking forward to take the next two levels as well. In case you are wondering, no Wilton didn’t pay me for this……..I wish they did though 😉
I made a simple vanilla cake for both the classes (Class 2 & 4) since my husband doesn’t like any sort of chocolate cake/ fruit cake etc. Here’s the recipe for the cake:

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3-1⁄2 cups sifted cake flour
1-1⁄4 cups butter, at room temperature and cut into 1⁄2-inch pieces
2 cups granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
5 eggs
1 cup whole milk
Method:
1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, and set aside.
2.In a large bowl, sift together the baking powder and salt. Then whisk in the cake flour.
3.In a large bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, and continue beating.
4.Add the eggs to the butter mixture, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
5.With the mixer set on low speed, add the flour mixture and the milk to the egg mixture alternately, beginning and ending with the flour. Each addition should be mixed until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl twice during beating.
6.Pour the batter into the prepared pans, and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until  a cake toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out with few moist crumbs attached.
7.Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges, and then invert the cakes onto racks to cool completely.
This recipe makes batter for two 9 inch pans. You can make two 9 inch cakes and stack them with a layer of buttercream in between to make a layer cake. However, I made just one 8 inch cake (didn’t want to double the calories even though a taller cake would have looked better) and used  rest of the batter for making cupcakes to freeze for my third class.
For the frosting:
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 lb Sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp Clear vanilla extract
1 tbsp Meringue Powder
8-10 tsp water (according to the consistency required)
Directions:
Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Cream shortening, vanilla and water. Gradually add sifted dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together. Blend an additional minute or so until creamy. If you only have a hand mixer like me, be prepared for a good workout for your arms while making buttercream.
This recipe for buttercream icing recipe was given in our lesson plan and all of us  had to use this in the class for consistent results.This “buttercream” icing has neither butter nor cream/milk , hence the cake can be safely kept at room temperature for long periods of time.For roses, a very stiff consistency is required so I opted for Wilton’s ready to use decorator frosting……..my poor hand mixer as well as my slender arms couldn’t manage the stiff consistency.

26 comments on “Wilton Cake Decorating Classes

  1. Hi Sadaf,

    You will be just like me! So much to learn and practice…and not forgetting the tools. Glad you have enjoyed your first course and look forward to your blog postings.

  2. hello! i just finished also my basic decorating course here in jeddah and am presently taking course 2 and three, side by side. it is really an enjoying experience and additional knowledge!

  3. I have been wanting to take these classes for so long but I know my boys will not give me the time to actual decorate a cake….yours look fantastic!

  4. I also have taken the Wilton Cake decorating classes in year 2010 and then they changed the course..so missed on the GUmpaste and Fondant class.. although my family DISLIKES fondant, I wish to learn.. Happy to follow you, do visit my space also.
    Love Ash.

  5. Nice to get these informations from you….thanks for sharing….I have one query?So what all the things we should buy for the course 1?do they provide any?

  6. Thanks for dropping by.Here in Canada none of the tools are included in the course fees.The most essential items are the Student Decorating Basics Kit, 8 inch cake pan and cupcake pan.The Student Kit contains icing tips, spatula, practice board, flower nails and pastry bags. The course book was provided by the instructor.
    Apart from these you will also need a pair of flower scissors,turntable and cake box but these are optional. You may use any suitable plastic/cardboard box for transporting the cake, if you do not wish to buy the cake box. The turntable is also not necessary but it helps if you have one.
    Then of course you will need the ingredients for making the cake and frosting.

  7. Thanks a lot for your reply….This is quite helpful….wish you good luck with it blog…tc..

  8. D’abord, thanks for sharing with people, that’s thoughtful. Just happened on this blog. I count myself lucky ‘cos i think you could enlighten me. I’d like to come to Canada for a period of @ least 6 months for Intensive baking & Decorating Classes. I’d like to make stand-out cakes that could cause a stir(my fellow citizens have a penchant for exotic things).
    Please advise me generally & if you have the time, specifically on the school or courses choices i should/could make. Thanks for your time.
    Love,
    Lagos, Nigeria.

  9. Hi Inujin,
    There are some really good culinary schools out here in Canada which do offer short term (6-12 months) courses. The Wilton classes are just for beginners but once you have the basic piping and fondant skills, your creativity can soar. Culinary schools are are quite expensive plus living expenses are quite high too here in Canada, so you really need to weigh your options. Professional training definitely helps but I know a lot of professional cake decorators who are self taught. If you have basic decorating skills (or even if you don’t) you can learn a lot simply by watching YouTube videos, reading some good books on the subject and most of all learning by trial and error.

  10. Inujin, George Brown has GREAT courses for cake baking & decorating!! They are really great! you should check them out! They are in Toronto.

  11. Great review! Just one question- can you choose NOT to make their icing? I am seriously opposed to using shortening in icing, so if I were to bring my own buttercream icing to class, would that be an issue?

  12. Hi Mimi, I’m also not a fan of shortening based buttercreams.In fact I don’t even like American Buttercream consisting of half butter and half shortening. I usually prefer swiss meringue buttercream as you would see in my newer posts. However, for practice purposes it’s recommended to use shortening based “buttercream” because it has a higher melting point than butter. Also, in the class you will not be practising just on cakes but also on practice boards. The shortening based icing which the Wilton instructors recommend can be used over and over again without any risk of spoilage. However,for your cakes you can definitely talk to your instructor about the possibility of using any kind of icing which pipes well.

  13. Hi sadaf. I’m Bushra from jeddah. I love baking and decorating cakes but I’m not so perfect at decorating and I really want to join decorating classes. Please give me details about your classes, it will be appreciated. 🙂

  14. hey em new in jeddah,if ud nt mind can u please gimme the details of the cake baking classes u attended. So that evn i can join dem. Awaiting for your reply

  15. Hai dear.. I jus went thrugh your blog. Can u please giv the details of the class wer u attended. So that evn i can join n learn. Awaiting for your reply.

  16. I’m sorry I stay in Canada not Jeddah but as someone had posted above in the comments Wilton Cake Decorating classes are held in Jeddah also though I’m not sure of the exact address.

  17. Assalamaleikum Bushra, Sorry for the late response. I’m sorry I stay in Canada not Jeddah but as someone had posted above in the comments, Wilton Cake Decorating classes are held in Jeddah also though I’m not sure of the exact address.

  18. I am going to do Wilton Clases all of them I am just nervous that I won’t be as good as others where any of y’all nervous like this too?

  19. I can’t speak about the rest of my class but I wasn’t nervous at all. The first two classes were really easy and I enjoyed them thoroughly. For the third one I would recommend you to choose the design beforehand so that you are mentally prepared. For the last class where you have to make ribbon roses I would definitely recommend you to watch some Youtube videos and practice a bit before going to the class. Relax and have fun ! That’s the most important thing. Cake decorating is a lifelong learning experience.

  20. Hello, I took the classes at Bulk Barn in Mississauga, Canada. However, they are conducted at various locations all across USA and Canada. Please check the Wilton website for more details.

  21. Its available at Cake Arts, in Quraiysh street. There also used to be one at Tavola in Tahlia Mall but I never found that one. Cake Arts is easy to find. They are also on Facebook and they also have an online shopping service.

  22. I want to take wilton decorating classes in jeddah saudiarabia… whom should i contact??..

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