There’s Always Something New at the Wilton School!

January 15th, 2010 by Sandy Folsom

How many teachers can say they feel like they have traveled to 92 different countries, but remain in their classroom? Over my past 23 years of teaching at the Wilton School I can boast that I have taught students from as far away as Greenland, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, the Bahamas, the tiny island of Mauritius, just to name a few. All of whom have attended the 2-week Master Course in Darien, Il. Of course, it goes without saying, that students have come from every State in the US.

So why so far? Students have come for a variety of reasons: enhance their career, start their own business, broaden their knowledge, stimulate their minds and of course have fun while learning at this very International School.

Wilton School ClassroomWe have broadened our 2010 schedule to include 1-day up to 3-day baking classes. We have nearly 1,500 students a year who come to learn to decorate. We also have students who say they can’t even bake. They would love to learn how to take the mystery out of scratch baking and learn to perfect a cake and compliment it with the best homemade buttercream like Italian Meringue or a French Buttercream. YUM!

For two consecutive weekends (Jan. 30, 31, Feb. 6 & 7), you can learn how to make spectacular SUGAR and “ISOMALT®” creations in our Sugar Artistry Class. Isomalt® is currently the most popular substance used in Sugar Artistry today. If you like the WOW factor that you may have seen on the Food Network, Laurie Bradach makes it fun and easy to do.

With over 50 classes to choose from, we offer something for everyone. Children’s classes have been very popular. We had a child whose mom signed her up and they flew in from Italy for a 3-day camp. Although that doesn’t mean you can’t just drive over from a nearby suburb or state for a class.

Whether you are learning to decorate cupcakes, temper chocolate, design a cake or work with fondant, our classes are hands-on and taught by instructors who have over 166 years of combined experience. Our instructors love what they do and are great at what they do.

I am also happy to say we have well-known cake decorating celebrities who are pleased to teach at Wilton. Renowned sugar artist Nick Lodge offers his expertise in a 1-week comprehensive Spring & Summer Gum Paste Flower Class. His gum paste is so life-like, you could almost smell the floral scent in the air.

Famed cake stylist Colette Peters was born and educated in the Chicago area and is the owner of Colette’s Cakes in New York City. She is a former Tiffany’s designer and is best known for her unique designs and “crooked or topsy turvy” look. She has written five books and enjoys teaching three times a year at the Wilton School. She believes in thinking outside the box so the school has some great representations of student cakes on display. What a place to learn how to be creative with fondant, the hottest look around!

I could go on and on about the great class schedule we have for 2010, but you can check our website for more details. Right now, I am looking forward to seeing where the next student will be traveling from to make country “93”!

Sandy Folsom Sandy is the Director of the The Wilton School. Sandy has been teaching professional cake decorating classes for over 25 years, 18 of those with Wilton. Internationally, she has shared her expertise with well-known professionals and enthusiastic students in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Taiwan. Folsom had the opportunity to work side by side for 10 years with Wesley Wilton, the youngest son of Dewey McKinley Wilton, founder of Wilton Industries. Sandy's students describe her as "patient, fun and a great instructor."

9 Replies

  1. Carol says:

    I have completed the first 2 courses of the 4-course study of Wilton decorating and love it!

  2. I’d like to join your college. I live in Indonesia. Is there any wilton schools near my country? Can you inform me the address or the e-mail?
    Thanks for your kind attention

    Yours,
    Thio Mey Kwei
    Suratno 58/60
    Cirebon 45124
    West Java
    Indonesia

  3. Sandy Folsom says:

    The world famous Wilton School of Cake Decorating is located in Darien, Il., USA. We have had students travel from 93 different countries including Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore. You can check our website http://www.wilton.com to see our complete class schedule and understand all of the courses that may be of interest to you, If you prefer, I can send a hard copy, just let me know.

    I would love for you to attend our school so that you may broaden your cake decorating knowledge. We have something to offer whether you are a new decorator, self-taught or have some experience.

    Hope to see you soon.

  4. Cathy says:

    I live in a small town that does not have cake decorating classes, we have only one car so I can’t travel to another city, what can we do to get a class here? I want so much to learn the Wilton way. I have some books but some designs I need help to master.

  5. Sandy Folsom says:

    You might check on our website where Bake, Decorate and Celebrate can be viewed in your area. Also, we do have videos for sale that might be very useful for you. Our class schedule can be viewed on our website as well for all the classes at the Wilton school.

  6. Jannette Panzenbeck says:

    Dear Wilton People<
    My daugther is 12 years old and she will like to take some cake making and decorating classes at your place. Please, send me a schedule and price of your classes. We live in New York City and I hear about your place in here. Thanks
    Best Regards,
    Jannette

  7. christal says:

    hi my name is christal am a cake decorator at a small bakery in the BAHAMAS-nassau. is there any wilton classes near by? i don’t have any formal decorating skills and i want to advance myself.

  8. Shirley says:

    I live in the Seychelles. Where or in which country would be the closest Wilton Courses. I want to learn baking and decorating a cake upto advanced level as I am keen to start a cake decorating business.

    Thank you.

    Hope to hear from you

    Shirley Mendes

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