Becoming a “Master” at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art

November 30th, 2012 by Desiree Smith

Prior to working at Wilton, I never imagined I had the ability or patience to create a beautifully decorated cake. I quickly developed an interest in the cake masterpieces on Wilton’s website and throughout the Wilton yearbooks, so my curiosity turned into action as I became enamored with baking and decorating cakes and sweet treats. Since I had no prior experience, I needed to do something about it!

I learned that Wilton has a School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, a private vocational school that has been the world leader in cake decorating education for nearly 85 years! I knew that’s where I needed to be to study the art of cake decorating.

I decided to sign up for the Wilton Master Course, the world’s most popular and comprehensive cake decorating class. It teaches the Wilton Method® of cake decorating and is designed to prepare professional students for a career in cake decorating as well as inspire and teach hobbyists to create fabulous cakes for family and friends. It features basic techniques for designing and decorating party cakes, working with buttercream and royal icing, learning 18 flowers, 30 different borders and many different writing techniques.

My favorite projects were decorating an 8” layered cake using flowers, borders and techniques practiced in class (pictured below) and creating a fully decorated 3-tiered display wedding cake as the final project. Although this lineup may sound intimidating, the instructors are encouraging and patient while providing unique one-on-one attention.

Wilton Master Class Students

During the two-week course I met men and women from Denmark, Germany, France, Nigeria, the Bahamas and across the United States – all in one classroom at The Wilton School! It was interesting to see that no matter our age, language or home town, we all shared the same passion and spirit to learn the art of cake decorating and knew we landed in the right place – the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, Illinois.

If you have a desire for cake decorating, or just want to learn the basics, you should visit The Wilton School and sign up for the Master course. To make the most of your time spent at the school, there are also supplemental courses you can take while enrolled in the Master Course.

One of the most exciting points is that the school is GROWING! In early 2013 the school will open an expanded state-of-the-art baking and decorating center which enables them to offer even more classes and create the best learning experience for the students. There will be tons of new baking courses including bread, tarts and pies, kids’ classes, sugar and Isomalt® artistry, fondant classes and more. View the 2013 course catalog now!

Vallory's Master Cake

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

52 Replies

  1. rajitha says:


    Nice post. Would like to check with you the. Possibility of opening the school in India and specially Hyderabad.


  2. maria says:

    I like how it all looks, and the courses are not expensive but the cost of the material are what made me withdrew from the class before it started and comments on how we will not even use many of the things they sell in the kits. Too bad they have it like that.

  3. Brenda says:

    I wish there was a school here in Ontario I would be there in a minute. I have taken the Wilton basic courses and they were great. Now I do on line courses because we have nothing else. Your work is beautiful and congratulations on all you have accomplished.

  4. Doti Shipp says:

    Looking to take some classes in or near Napa, California.

  5. Sheba says:

    I would like to know if there are schools in Hyderabad offering specialization courses on wedding cake designing

  6. Orlinda Kidd says:

    I am interested in signing up for the master course next spring. However I would like to know how much extra I would need for the supplies. Or if I’m able to get a list of supplies I would need.

    Thank you

  7. Cake baking is a beautiful art.’s Art can become a science in schools.’s Master’s definitely a lot of experience in this field.

  8. Salehafatima says:

    Hey !!! I love wilton bsking classes … And i dont no where it is located …. I want to know in
    Which country these classes r located

  9. onuoha uloma dorothy says:

    I love Wilton bakin Classes n Will like to b one of ur student if u don’t mind.But hw can i go about it.tjabba so much.

  10. halima says:

    where in the bahamas r u

  11. Sandeep says:

    I took this class (in Darien, IL, USA) and can not say enough how amazing it is. It was better than any other class I have ever taken, and I couldn’t believe how much I had learned!!!! I made amazing friends from all over the world and am finally starting my own business!

  12. Was excellent.
    Thank you very much., You are a good writer.
    In addition to art that will give you good
    I congratulate you

  13. carmelia solomon says:

    I’m from St.Lucia and I would like to do a masters’ course . I need to know how muchnit the course and how many days .

    Thank you

  14. Luisa G. Locsin says:

    Hi I am planning to take up the Master Course on July and may I know if there is also a class with Colette Peters? I like her creations and I would love to be in her class.

  15. kati says:

    hi…i need just the adress for the school..thanks

  16. Tracy McIntyre says:

    I would love to take the Master Course and will start making plans to do so, I just need to know if there are any additional costs, other than somewhere to stay for the 2 week period, that I would need to make before the course. (ie student kit) Thank you.

  17. m'Agbor Eno Oben says:

    hello, i am m’Agbor Eno Oben from Cameroon.i have a thrill passion for Cake making plus designing.the photos i saw on here is a ‘WOW EXPERIENCE’.I LOVE IT SO MUCH.i want to be a student in your institution in the next fall season. i would like to know the various schools in which the Wilson’s institute is located in the world apart from France.hoping to hear from you soonest

  18. Very nice and good.
    Thank you.

  19. rima says:

    I like to study wilton master course.
    What do i do?
    Is there anyone near pittsburgh pa or online?
    Thank you

  20. s. quartey says:

    Hello. The lodging for the course is at the American Extended Stay suites. Do they offer a shuttle to the school? Also, is there a better place to stay in Darien like a bed and breakfast?? I’m not too keen on the
    American Extended Stay suites according to the reviews it has been given.

    • Sandy Folsom says:

      Marriott Towne Place Suites in Lombard, Il. provides shuttle. If you prefer another option contact Stacey at the school either by phone 630-810-2888 or and she can possibly direct you.

    • Bianca says:

      I am going to take the Master course from Aug 17 – 28 and I am looking for someone to share a room with in a hotel near the school. If interested please let me know. My email is

  21. nice Post tnx for sharing

  22. Carolina says:

    Hi! I would like to take a Master Course! I’m pastry and I work a lot in my country, Argentina, in South America. How long is this course? I understand english and speak, I was learning english during 2 years ago, do you think it’s possible can I take this course?
    Do you offer the Master Course in New York? Thank you! I hope can see you in this year!!!

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  26. Aphey says:

    How can i apply for wilton Master class

    • Bianca says:

      I am going to take the Master course from Aug 17 – 28 and I am looking for someone to share a room with in a hotel near the school. If interested please let me know. My email is


    i would like to take a master course because i have my DIPLOMA certicate please how long is the course and i want to know the fees thank you i want to hear from you

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hello Christina,

      You can find tuition and information about the Master Course here:

      Tuition for the Master Course includes all of the supplies you will need. All of the cakes are also provided. The Wilton School is equipped with a full kitchen – several mixers, ovens, dishwashers. I took the Master Course myself and it was an incredible experience! I highly encourage you to contact the School Coordinator at (800) 772-7111 ext. 2888 with any questions you may have.



  28. لوگو says:

    nice Post tnx for sharing this Post

  29. carrie lynn feagin says:

    I would like to enroll in the master course. How do I get inf and tuition requirements?

  30. Margaret says:


    I would like to take the course this April and would be coming in from overseas. I would like to find out if there are any accommodations available for international students? If not can you point me to the nearest hotel.



  31. Rebecca Booker says:

    Is anyone taking the Master Piping class beginning 5/16?

  32. Beatriz Castellanos says:

    Im interesed in the master piping class, please send me an information to my email, if you have some pague in spanish to found the information . And it is important know some knowledge of english for the master piping class… Thanks

  33. Mary Rutty says:

    I need to register for your cake decorations course in the Bahamas. I’m living in Jamaica west indies . Its more convenient to attend classes in Bahamas.

  34. Garmin says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out! Good luck with the site!

  35. olivil says:

    Hi im writing from nigeria,would like to enroll for the beginners and master class,
    Would love to know the tutition and material fee.hoping to hear from u soon.

  36. Ani says:

    Hi, pls i will lyk to attend the wilton masters course. Pls, how can i go about ot

  37. Elizabeth Otobo says:

    I will like to attend Wilton Master Course this summer.

  38. Elizabeth Otobo says:

    I will like to attend Wilton master course this summer?

  39. Elizabeth Otobo says:

    I’m a Nigerian. I will be in USA by the end of this July.
    I want to know how much it will involve. Also, does the school give accommodation?

  40. PARSILOGO says:

    goood hob niceeeeeee

  41. Sarah Salihu says:

    Am in Nigeria, am so much interested in this school. How do I get admission and also how do I contact the school?

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