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.
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!