Wilton Cake Decorating Class – Review
As you may have read earlier this week, or if you follow me around on Twitter or Instagram then you know I took a Wilton cake decorating class through JO-Ann’s, and here is my Wilton cake decorating class -review!
The Class Setup
I originally signed up for this class with my friend. She is an amazing baker and one day will open up a bakery ! So I told her I would go with her because, why not! It’s fun!
For the first class we needed to bring un-frosted cupcakes and all the supplies on the list. But, who makes 6 cupcakes? My friend told me she’d make a dozen for us and would bring them in. What do you think happened next? Yup! I was early and she was late haha. #awkward.
Once class started the teacher was great. She was very knowledgeable and super duper talented. She had also been teaching for years so I knew I would learn a lot. We learned star tips and different types of techniques as well as how to fill the bag, what a cuppler is, and the different types of frosting’s there are. I clearly should have paid attention more as you will see later in this post. But, I would say that this class was a success and I was so happy with how my cupcakes turned out!
For week number two we had to bring in a cake, frosting, and something for a filling.
So I get home and make a cake – just a box cake so I can’t really screw it up. I used vanilla because I was told chocolate is too hard because of the crumbs? Not really sure. And then I made the frosting.
And then my friend goes “what color are you going to use”
And then I panic.
I totally forgot to get food coloring and I didn’t have anything in my house and I wouldnt have had time to do it the next day before class. Monday’s are really busy for me because I have work, I post and I go to they gym and do grocery shopping afterwards. Then I have to make dinner and shower. So I did all of that PLUS make a cake and frosting.
Anyway, I asked my mom what to do with the colored frosting and she goes “oh, just use beet juice” and she said it with such confidence like 1. I just have beet juice on hand and 2. she’s done this before
well, I always have beets because yum so I did have beet juice and 2, she has done this before. It worked! it created this peachy color and it was really pretty. The only problem was that the beet juice doesn’t fully blend with the frosting and it watered down my frosting which i learned the next day, was a big no no.
Anyway, so class 2 arrived and I thought I knew what I was doing. Nope. My pen didn’t work, I didn’t have a scissors, my icing was seperating and smelled like beer juice. Queue anxiety
We were learning different borders and how to ice the cake. We learned some cool techniques on how to smooth the cake to give it that nice edge, but my frosting was too soft to actually do that…oops.
We also had a second teacher in the class and, she was really knowledgable too, but she wasn’t very….kind? I hate to say that but if I am paying to take a class I would rather my mistakes not be criticized or laughed at. As the classes went on I felt this more and more.
Once again, I was still really impressed with the work I had done for that class as you will see below.
Week # 3
For this week we needed to bring in some green frosting and some cookies, ring dings and rice crispies treats. I LOVE rice krispies so I was excited for that.
We learned some flowers and leaves and once again my frosting was too soft to get the real effect. But, I at least learned the techniques I needed to do them. And, all in all, I was pretty happy with the flowers and leaves.
Once again, I felt inadequate with the second teacher. She made a joke about my frosting being soup and that it won’t work. As a knitting and crochet teacher, I would never say this to someone. Instead I would offer a tip on how to make it better or closer to medium consistency as necessary. I was always so stressed out about this class because I didn’t want to be doing it wrong, why would I? And I was honestly trying my best. I don’t LOVE baking but I gave it my all when it came to this decorating class and I hated that I was getting criticized instead of constructive advice. I feel like I should write a whole post about this…
The Final Week
For the final class we had a lot of homework. We had to…
- Make 40 flowers and have them harden before class (at least 3-4 days before class.
- Make a cake, level, fill and ice the cake
- Make 3 batches of icing
I made the flowers on Thursday evening because I was going to New Jersey for my sisters birthday for the whole weekend. Friday night I decided “hey, I can make my sister a cake” and…well once again. I tried my best haha. She loves all things designer and so I made a “chanel” inspired cake. I think it was a good attempt and most importantly, it tasted great and that’s all that mattered to my family.
Monday night I had work, gym and then I decided to make everything. Such a mistake! haha I was up until 11:30! (i usually go to bet at like 9:30 or 10). Anyways ,I got it done and I was ready for class.
I came home to get my cake, and frosting and somehow I forgot one of the frostings? still not sure how because all of them were together/next to each other haha. So whatever, I just used my friends.
We learned flowers and roses in this class and honestly this was my favorite part and I think I really got the hang of it! I really liked the look of the flowers and how the cake itself turned out.
Overall, I think the class is worth it. Yes, I freaked out and panicked almost every week. But I learned a lot which is the point of the class. My main qualm with this class was that the second teacher was not that helpful and I really didn’t like her. She taught the level 2 class and that was honestly the only reason my friend and I didn’t sign up for level 2. But, hopefully you don’t have the same experience.
I hope you enjoyed this looooong post. Let’s chat – tell me if you’ve ever taken this wilton course or if you were on the fence about it?! Are you going to sign up?!