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Wilton Decorating Course 1: Is it Worth It?

If you are anything like me, you’ve seen the Wilton Cake Decorating Courses offered at your local craft store and often wondered if they were worth the money. A few years ago, I happened to be in Michael’s when they were having a sale on both the classes and the kit you need to buy for the class and I decided to give it a shot. The course was broken up into four classes over four weeks and while I had taught myself some of the techniques in the class, learning how to make a butter cream rose was definitely worth the cost, which if I remember correctly was about $20 plus the kit.

If you’re still not sure if it is worth it to try out, take a look at what I learned in each class:

Class One

For the first class, I had to bake and bring a half-dozen flat sugar cookies.

In class, they went over the basics for making cakes and Wilton butter cream icing. We also practiced making stars using tip 18.

Class Two

For the second class, I had to bake and bring an 8-inch round cake, a filling, and thin & medium consistency Wilton icing. I decided to make a coconut layer cake with chocolate ganache filling. In order to make the cake similar to an almond joy, I used almond extract to flavor the icing. I brought two layers because that’s what my recipe made.

In class, we learned how to torte a cake and the correct way to add fillings. We then reviewed how to use a variety of tips, including how to make dimensional decorations. We then got to choose from one of three cakes in our workbooks to make. I chose to make the fish.

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The side of the cake was dotted and the bottom was edged with alternating large and small dots.

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Class Three

For the third class, I had to bring in cupcakes and icing in a variety of colors and consistencies. I decided to just go with yellow cake cupcakes.

In class, we learned how to pipe shells & shell borders along with a variety of flowers. We also learned how to pipe leaves. We started out with the Pompom flower.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The pompom’s were made on wax paper and then refrigerated to harden before adding them to the cupcakes.

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We also learned how to make a shag mum.

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And Rosettes.

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The last flower we covered were drop flowers.

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After learning all of the flowers. We were able to practice everything we had learned so far. I made a mini fish cupcake.

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Plus Dimensional Flowers.

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Class Four

For the last class, I had to bring a layer cake that was iced and ready to decorate. I made a lemon pound cake and filled it with alternating layers of lemon cream cheese frosting with strawberry blackberry jam and lemon cream cheese frosting with fresh strawberries.

In class, we learned how to write on cakes and how to make roses. After, we got to decorate our cake however we chose. I picked a cake that had a variety of roses in different colors.

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It showed off a few of the things i had learned including roses, leaves, shell border, lines, & dots.

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Have you taken another Wilton Course that you enjoyed?

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