Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Celebrates 35 Years!

April 1st, 2010 by Desiree Smith

Wilton specializes in helping you make your celebrations memorable, so it stands to reason we know how to throw a party! We recently celebrated our 4,000,000th student by giving away 35 – $100 Wilton Gift Certificates and a free course at the Wilton School of Confectionary Arts in Darien, IL. In 2010 we are celebrating 35 years of Wilton Cake Decorating: teaching skills and touching lives!

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As we begin this new decade and look back on the last 35 years, I would like to share the Wilton story. It begins during the depression era in the 1920s when Dewey McKinley Wilton, a proficient candy maker and pulled sugar artist, began teaching the sugar arts in exchange for cake decorating tips from German and French pastry chefs. This blossomed into a brilliant idea of teaching cake decorating as a job.

Wilton’s first class was advertised in Bakers’ Helper magazine in 1946. Seven students signed up for his two-week course taught at the exclusive “Wilton School of Decorating,” “headquartered” at his apartment complex on the south side of Chicago. The Wilton School was delightful…and the course was rigorous!

From those humble beginnings, courses in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating began in 1975 at department, craft, and specialty stores. Because of the thousands of passionate and caring instructors who teach Wilton courses, four million students have learned to cake decorate using the Wilton Method.

2010 promises to be an exciting year for the Wilton Method of Cake decorating. With about five million people celebrating birthdays every week in the United States, there will be a lot of birthday cakes to bake and decorate. It has been a great 35 years. We thank you for letting us be a part of your family celebrations!

For more information on Wilton Method Classes in your area, please visit the Wilton Classes page. Learn more about becoming a Wilton Method Instructor!

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.

37 Replies

  1. Kay Felcher says:

    Not only is Robin an artist and educator, she is also a beautiful person and precious little sister!

  2. Jane White says:

    I took a Wilton cake decorating course and I loved it!

  3. vANESSA says:


  4. Diane says:

    I’ve been using Wilton products and pans for 33 years, this is the first time I’ve heard they are only 35 years old. But even for all my years, I’ve not used every pan Wilton has. Working on it though. Just bought my first sheet cake pan (12 x 18 in. Performance Pans™ Sheet Pan) and I’m lost. How many cups of cake mix do I use, or how many cake mixes do I use??

  5. Carmelo says:

    I heard that the Wilton classes are changing to different curriculum or structure. I’m not sure exactly. Is there information on this anywhere?

  6. Nancy says:

    The instructors are keeping quite tight lipped about the details although I am in the Fondant and Gumpaste course right now and am looking forward to the changes.

  7. Tammy says:

    I am a beginner and am loving every min. I can’t wait to learn everything, and then use all that I have learned. I am very excited

  8. Bronwyn Roast says:


    I live in the Uae about an hours drive from Dubai or Abu dhabi. I am really interested in doing a Wiltons cake decorating course ( I am a beginner ) are there any classes available here?


  9. farzaneh says:

    I’m looking Wilton shop in Duai please help me

  10. Areej says:

    I live in abu dhabi and i wanna know who good each me wilton’s different ways of cake decorating over here … can you get back to me with details .. i would really appreciate that ….
    because i love cooking espically baking ….

  11. sandy says:

    i don’t live in dubai but am planning on visiting in July, can any1 plz guide me if wilton classes start in July, and if so what is the course duration /fees…..need help plzz

  12. sara says:

    I know I have seen Wilton catalogs/ magazines. Is there some way to subscribe?

  13. Jeri says:

    Hi! I leave in Abu Dhabi, appreciate if you can advise if you are offering baking classes here? Would really love to enroll. Await to hear from you! Many thanks!

  14. Areej says:

    I live in Abu Dhabi as well and I am really intrested in taking the wiltons baking and decorating classes??? Please advise me of the timing and how can i join ?????? Appreciate your help 🙂

  15. cherry says:

    Hi, I also live in Abu Dhabi and very much interested to take wilton classes.. I hope that they will also conduct classes here in AD.

  16. Areej says:

    Are their any classes given in abu dhabi ?????????
    i am really waiting a reply

  17. Dhanushka Alles says:


    I am really interested in doing the Wiltons Basic (master ) course. Can you please let me know whether there are classes available in United Arab Emirates

  18. Sherry says:

    I actually dont live in Dubai, but I am planning to visit on 25 Feb 2012 and will be staying for a week. Is there any course availability during that time? Please advise fees.


  19. Mashhoriyyah Z Abdul Aziz says:

    Hi! Im interested to learn baking with wilton …is there any courses available in Abu Dhabi U.A.E.?

  20. Humaira says:

    I live in abu dhabi and also interested in wilton courses…..are there any courses available there?

  21. uzma says:

    i live in abudhabi do you offer your courses here.i really intrested in wilton courses thanks.

  22. madiha says:

    I live in abudhabi &wants to join ur classes.do tell me the schedule & pricing many thanks .

  23. rinnell says:

    I live in auh and wants to join classes too. timings and price of the course please. thanks.

  24. Houry says:

    I am interested to have classes with u so what is the schedule and the cost since i live in Beirut-Lebanon i have to make travel arrangments. Many thks

  25. Zainab says:

    I am interesting to learn cake decoration I’m Wilton .i am in abudhabi how to join the class?

  26. Zainab says:

    I am interesting to learn cake decoration in Wilton .i am in abudhabi how to join the class?

  27. Maleha says:

    Hi, I’m interested in Wilton classes in Dubai. Would appreciate if I could be sent the details.at maleehalaghari7@gmail.com

  28. Maher Tabbaa says:

    I am very much interested, would you please send me how to sign in ? My email is tabbaamaher@yahoo.com. Best regards … Maher

  29. Cathia says:

    I am interested in Wilton courses in Dubai! Pls email me for further info thank you!

  30. Mahra says:

    I am interested in Wilton courses in Abu Dhabi

  31. Florence says:

    where are you located in dubai .I love wilton products

  32. Elham Karam says:

    I am interested to have Wilton courses cake decoration and others in Beirut Lebanon. do you have agent there? waiting your reply. THank you

  33. olayemi says:

    I will like to take wilton decorating classes in dubai. How do I go about it. Kindly forward d details and the fees. Thanks

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