Wilton Cake Decorating Courses

The Wilton Method for cake decorating is known world-wide. A recognized standard for technique and innovation, the Wilton style has been evolving since it was first introduced by Dewey McKinley Wilton in 1929. The “headquarters” is at the Wilton School near Chicago, Illinois—however, not everyone can afford the time and money to travel there! Fortunately travel is not necessary as you can learn from a Wilton Method instructor at locations across the United States and Canada. Alternatively you can study at home with the assistance of a fully illustrated Wilton cake decorating book.

There are 3 Wilton courses, consisting of 4 lessons each:

  1. Discover Cake Decorating
  2. Flowers and Borders
  3. Fondant and Gum Paste

For each course there are corresponding Wilton cake decorating books.

Course 1: Discover Cake Decorating

When attending this course, you receive a step-by-step introduction to Wilton cake decorating techniques. Students of all levels attend—some to explore a new hobby and others to brush up as they prepare to launch a sideline business. Students practice skills such as baking, preparing icing, applying a smooth frosting, applying simple borders, and applying decorations such as roses.

Students become familiar with many basic tools, such as the decorating bag, several decorating tips, icing spatula, flower nails, and brushes. Learn more…

Course 2: Flowers and Borders

Course 2 builds on what you’ve learned in Course 1. You work with butter cream frosting, and royal icing; and expand your ability to create borders with instructions on making rosettes, reverse shells, and rope designs.

Participants learn how to make 8 flowers such as rosebuds, daisies, pansies, daffodils, and mums. You also learn about the art of color design and color flow—and in the final project you bring at all together and use the basket weave technique to create a beautiful flower basket cake. Learn more…

Fondant and Gum Paste

This course teaches you how to decorate with fondant and gum paste. You try a variety of techniques, creating 3D flowers and other shapes out of fondant and gum paste. You use special tools such as the ribbon cutter to create textured ribbons, drapes, and borders. Other skills you will learn include:

  • How to marbleize fondant
  • How to color fondant and gum paste
  • How to cover a cake and board with fondant
  • How to create textured decorations such as punched stripes, appliqués, inlays, rope borders, and ribbon garlands
  • How to create gum paste flowers and leaves—some of the flowers you will make are carnations and daisies.

The Fondant and Gum Paste course skills come together in the production of a Grand Finale Cake. Learn more…

Locating Local Wilton Cake Decorating Classes

If you are interested in attending a course near your home, look up major retailers in your area to find one that hosts Wilton cake decorating classes. The types of stores to call are arts and craft stores, food craft stores, cake decorating centers, and large grocery stores. If you are unable to discover a class that is convenient for you, learning from the four Wilton cake decorating course books is another option.

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