Wednesday, June 22, 2011
My Week With Wilton
I signed up for Course 1: Decorating Basics which ran for 2 hours a night for 4 nights in a row. I really liked this set up because there was no break in which to forget any skills or lose my cake decorating enthusiasm. The first day of the class, the instructor (who was sweet, charming, talented, and a really great teacher) went over the basics of baking a cake, making frosting, tools...and then we got to practice a bit with some of the tips in our kit. By the end of the night, we were decorating the sugar cooking we brought in with cute little star tip designs.
Over the next few nights, we learned how to use all of the tips in our kit, how to properly crumb coat and frost a cake, make frosting leaves and flowers and the fundamentals of cake design. On our final night, we decorated a cake that we brought in. My cake turned out kinda cute, but you can tell that I need a bit more practice on my flowers ;)
I would totally recommend Wilton classes for anyone looking to try their hand at cake decorating. Even if your only goal is to have the ability to decorate birthday cakes for your family, the basic class is worth it, it provides you with the skills you need for all sorts of frosting decorations and you won't have to depend on store bought cakes for celebrations. I don't always take classes when I want to learn a new skill, but cake decorating success depends a lot on thing like angles of your pastry bag and consistency of your frosting and those things are great to see in person. And fellow vegans or folks with food allergies, don't worry, you bring in all your own baked good to decorate and are encouraged to make and bring in your own frosting so you don't have to worry about working with any non-vegan ingredients!
Have any of you taken a cake decorating class?