I admit it, I’ve been really eager to try a Wilton’s Cake Decorating course. I am definitely not the best decorator (a combination of uneven pressure when using a piping bag and a large helping of impatience,) so when Beardy Mum suggested that I try to find a fun family activity to do over Thanksgiving vacation, I suggested that we do the cake decorating course. Wilton’s is probably the best known cake decorating method, with courses that you can continue pretty anywhere in the world, so it was an easy choice for us.
Something that was useful (and that I would really recommend if you do decide to do a class) is that since we had four people: myself, Beardy Fiance, Beardy Mum and my sister Jackie Bee, we had the minimum needed for a private class, so we were able to organise one for us to do right before Thanksgiving, which gave us both the time to fit it into our weird and wacky schedule, as well as to focus on the techniques that we really wanted to learn. We were able to come in with specific ideas as to what we’d like to decorate.
Our instructor was Sharon, who was great, since she was particularly user-led. With 4 people, when we wanted to spend more time practicing or when we wanted to learn something that we’d seen on the internet (specifically our turkey cake), she was excited and eager to help us learn. Not all instructors would have been willing to be flexible with the order of the class and then willing to demonstrate the techniques we found on the internet, but Sharon was easygoing and incredibly adaptable.
The first Wiltons course focuses on basic buttercream skills and this is totally a piped course. There’s a bit of making flowers (I particularly enjoyed the roses), but quite a bit of the focus is on borders and letter writing (like the Jackie that my sister spelled out.)
Beardy Fiance is a keen decorator (probably the best out of all of us) and he was able to pick it up from a book easily. For the rest of us, who needed a bit of guidance and suggestions, this was really useful and means that our cakes will be far lovelier – and we had a great time doing it. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone beginning cake decorating who wants to improve their piping skills – and I’m going to be coming back for the fondant class!