Traci Chapple

Behind the Design: Color Swirl 3 Color Coupler

July 11th, 2016 by Traci Chapple

Hi there, Decorator!

We wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we come up with new and exciting product ideas, like the Color Swirl 3-Color Coupler. All of our projects start with goals—what do we want to accomplish for our Wilton decorators? From the onset of this concept—creating one tool to pipe multiple icing colors at the same time—we had three distinct goals in mind:

1. HELP decorators use a bunch of colors at the same time
2. Make the piping bag be EASY to refill
3. Ensure it’s fast and SIMPLE to use (nothing fancy except the results!)

Next, we started “Cakestorming” different solutions that could meet all three of  goals. We  gathered a TON of ideas that we tested with quick mock-ups . Slowly, we filtered through the our “cakestorm” Post-its covering the wall and narrowed it down to just the ideas that best supported our three goals.

We ended the Post-it session with the idea that we had to use a different bag for each color. This makes refilling so easy! It’d be just like filling any ‘ole bag! We also knew we wanted a single coupler that could hold a single tip to keep it simple to use. But then the question became, how do we connect multiple bags to a single coupler? As you can see, we went right back to our Post-its:

3 color coupler

First, we tried to feed different bags through a center wheel shape (#1), but the bags weren’t secure enough and popped out with too much pressure. That led us to a 1/3 coupler piece that could be placed in each bag (#2). This could secure the bags just like our normal couplers, keeping it super simple! Then, we went to engineering to help us get the threading just right (#3), and to figure out a way to register the pieces together so it’s easy to assemble.

What came out is a product we believe HELPS decorators create multi-colored masterpieces that is EASY to fill, SIMPLE to use and creates impressive multi-color icing swirls!  We hope you enjoy using our Color Swirl coupler as much as we enjoyed designing it! We love what you’re doing with the rainbow icing swirls and matching your party colors to your treats! What’s you favorite way to use the Color Swirl 3-Color Coupler? Tell us in the comments below.

Desiree Smith

3 Ways to Make Sweet Succulent Cakes

July 8th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

Succulents aren’t new to the plant world, but in the trend world, it seems these desert-born beauties are found everywhere these days. They have such a unique and quietly impressive look to them, and are a great way to add visual interest to any cake! Here are three different ways to make succulent cakes through three different mediums: gum paste, fondant and buttercream.

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Joyce Balash

Sweet Summer Treats: 5 Pineapple, Watermelon and Flamingo Desserts

July 6th, 2016 by Joyce Balash

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite summer treats: perfect pineapples, wonderful watermelons and fantastic flamingos! These three icons are super hot this summer. If you’re looking for them in edible form, check out these adorable and delish desserts.

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Stephanie Michel

Wine and Dessert Pairings

June 29th, 2016 by Stephanie Michel

Dessert & Wine Recipes to TryI have always been fascinated by wine pairings. When I started culinary school, one of the first things I did was sign up for a Wine and Gastronomy class (and not just because the class went to France, although that didn’t hurt!). The fact that certain wines can enhance your food is, to me, just marvelous. So when given the chance to combine two of my favorite things- wine and dessert- I was thrilled.

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Tracey Wurzinger

6 Things You Need to Know to Save Money on Your Wedding Cake

June 22nd, 2016 by Tracey Wurzinger

Buttercream Wedding cakeWith all the costs involved in weddings, budget-conscious brides are often looking for ways to save money wherever they can. One of the areas to look at is the cost of the wedding cake. Guests are always eager to see (and eat!) the wedding cake, but it’s easy to go over budget. I’m here to tell you it’s 100% possible to have your cake and eat it, too. Find out how to design a beautiful wedding cake without blowing your budget. Read the rest of this post »

Tiffany Jersey

5 Treats To Satisfy Your Cream Cheese Frosting Craving

June 21st, 2016 by Tiffany Jersey

Cream cheese frosting. What’s not to love, right? Light and fluffy frosting with a sweet tangy cream cheese flavor. Sure, it’s a given for your favorite carrot cake  or red velvet cake, but did you know that it’s a surprisingly refreshing frosting option for summer recipes, too? Cool cream cheese frosting complements classic summertime fruit flavors, like lemon, blueberry and strawberry treats. Equally as delicious, you’ll notice a few recipes for our chocolate-lovers, too! (SPOILER ALERT: cream cheese cookie dough frosting awaits you.)

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Joyce Balash

5 Star-Spangled 4th of July Treats from Hungry Happenings

June 20th, 2016 by Joyce Balash

With the 4th of July just weeks away, we want to tell all of you about some fun treats that would be perfect for the holiday celebrations. We got in touch with Beth Klosterboer of Hungry Happenings, who has a ton of festive 4th of July ideas! Check some of them out below.

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Desiree Smith

How to Use Candy Melts Candy

June 16th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

Candy Melts are one of my favorite mediums to decorate with, because you can do so many different things with them – you can mold candy, pipe with it, trace with it, make ganache, make candy clay – the list goes on and on! Here at Wilton, we receive a LOT of questions about how to use Candy Melts. We made a list of some of the most commonly asked questions and created a video to answer them for you.

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Tiffany Jersey

7 Magical Unicorn Treats You Need in Your Life

June 15th, 2016 by Tiffany Jersey

Thinking of throwing a unicorn birthday party for someone special or requesting one for yourself? Even if it’s not your birthday, who needs a reason to throw a unicorn party?  The increasingly popular party theme is too cute to miss out on. Here’s a couple unicorn cake ideas and other treats to spark your creativity. Read the rest of this post »

Joyce Balash

4 Fantastic Father’s Day Treats

June 15th, 2016 by Joyce Balash

So I’ve been told… the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! With Father’s Day coming up, there is no better way to tell dad you appreciate him than with some homemade sweet treats! Check out these 4 Fantastic Father’s Day Treats.

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