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post #16 of 25
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I will admit that I have never made a flower and I don't even own a flower nail haha.



You really don't need a flower nail unless you're making roses the Wilton way. You can learn to make them on a stick instead.



Neat, I will have to look for a tutorial for that icon_smile.gif



I made a videoclick on the link in my signature below.
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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HOW TO:
Make tip #127D (giant rose tip) Ruffle cake,
Write with icing,
Make buttercream roses on a stick:
http://s984.photobucket.com/albums/ae322/Unlimited1cakes/
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post #17 of 25
http://www.wilton.com/classes/local_classes.cfm

This will give you an over view of what is taught in the courses.
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post #18 of 25
I learned everything I know from youtube, cake central, and google. Also, trial and error. Mind you, I have no idea how to use most of the piping tips but most of my work is in fondant anyway.
post #19 of 25
I think there are great resources out there for learning, but I also think it depends on the type of learner you are.

Some people can read a book or see pictures and do it right away. Others benefit from having someone there that says this is how you hold your bag, this is how you do this, and maybe you want to try doing this instead.

While I have learned alot from the internet, I have vauled my class time but the Wilton courses, and the non Wilton courses I have taken.

As a WMI, there is nothing more exciting for me, than to watch a students face light up when something clicked with them and they made a wonderful rose or what ever it was they were struggling with.

I've also had students come in with years of experince, in one case I had a lady that started decorating around the time I was born, and said after the courses, they still learned something, picked up a trick they didn't know and so forth.

Alot of my students also enjoy the time away from the rest of their lives, those 2 hours a week that is their time doing something they enjoy with people that have the same interest.

While I don't think you have to take the Wilton classes to be an expert, I do think there are benefits to taking them as well. icon_smile.gif
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post #20 of 25
I have been going back and forth on taking the classes as well- all this info was very helpful! I am going to take them -I already have tons of supplies- so not sure what else they would want me to buy- but I would love to learn the basics- as I just jumped into more complex stuff when I startedicon_smile.gif Plus it would be nice to meet other people who like to decorate cakes....and share recipes and stuff

*One girl I know who took the class said she didn't realize how much time and money it would be even outside the class- she said they wanted her to bring cupcakes one day, frosting another, two 8 inch layer cakes...buttercream....and that was hard for her to do. ------I make cakes all the time, so whipping them up is no big deal- but for others it might seem like a lot of extra time and money for ingredients -something to think about as well.
I've learned so much from my mistakes..... I'm thinking of making a few more!
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I've learned so much from my mistakes..... I'm thinking of making a few more!
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post #21 of 25
You no longer bring a cake to class every week. The course I took only required one cake and that was for the final class.
post #22 of 25
In Basics you bring cookies to lesson 1, cake to lesson 2 and 4 and cupcakes in lesson 3. On Flowers & Cake Design and Gum Paste & Fondant you only do 1 cake per course in lesson 3. In the new course, Advanced Gum Paste Flowers, there is no cake at all.

Yes it is work outside of class. But the cakes are to help you practice and learn. Doing something over and over on the practice board is not the same as doing something on a cake. Same thing with icing. If you came in and used icing that was sitting there for you every week you wouldn't learn how to make the icing, and how to adjust it if need be.
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post #23 of 25
And there was no obligation to purchase anything but the class kit, which I used coupons on---I just got the cake bug and went crazy. For me, the time to do something for myself was worth it. And that's where I learned about cakecentral so that made it worth it!! ;0) I mean, no one else I know cares about fondant and icing the way cakers did in class--and I found out about a cakeclub while I was there, too.
post #24 of 25
I was brand new to cake decorating so I took all of the "old" Wilton courses. I definitely learned some things. That being said, we also had a terrific instructor who did not push us to purchase product and who also brought her own tools to share (and we shared amongst ourselves too). I religiously collected and used 50% off coupons for everything that I did actually buy so it wasn't too bad...plus for as much as I make cakes (hobby baker), most of what I ended up with is still useful and "good enough" for the amount that I use it. A final note, I know a few gals who bought a styrofoam cake dummy for classes (we did have to bring cake every week) and only had to make icing when they needed it. I also enjoyed the weekly "night out" and still keep in touch with some of my "cake friends"...even if it is only to recommend them to others.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by MarianInFL

I had never decorated a cake before I took the Wilton course. After finishing the four courses, I was obsessed with cake decorating and found Cake Central, where I learned sooooo much more!

When Wilton revamped their classes, I took the classes again. While I learned a couple of new things, I felt I knew way more than they were teaching me. It was hard for me not to blurt out hints and things I had learned on CC while in class.

But the best thing I got out of the class were the friendship of my great instructor and a few in the class. We still get together once a month for our "Cake Club." We pick a theme and each decorate a cake. It's just so much fun, so I never regret taking the Wilton classes.



MariannInFL~~You sound just like me! The classes are SO much fun, and, like Soledad said, you will have 3 hours of pure, distilled cake fun and will learn something, no matter how much you already know.

Take the classes! You will NOT be sorry.
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