I finally made it: I signed up for my first Wilton Cake Decorating class! I wanted to sign up for several months, but never found the time. This time I was determined to make it to the June classes and was happy that I waited, since Wilton uses a new class curriculum starting in June 2010. Excited, I went to my local Michael’s store and registered for the Wilton Decorating Basics course which is the first out of three. I purchased the required tools and baked big round sugar cookies, which were needed for the first class.
The class exceeded my expectations! It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. The instructor was great and explained everything clearly and it was nice to meet other people who share the same interest. We learned how to bake a great cake and how to mix the perfect icing. I definitely received a lot of useful tips, which will help me become a better baker and decorator. Some items are now on my supply shopping list: an aluminum baking pan, Bake-Even strips, Meringue powder and clear flavoring. The right tools and ingredients are essential for baking and decorating beautiful cakes.
Our little project for the first class was to decorate our cookies using the star tip (No. 18). For the first time I used a Decorating Bag with a coupler and a metal tip to put the icing on my cookies. I filled it with Ready-to-use Decorator Icing and started squeezing. The bag made it easy to control the flow of the icing and with a little practice I was able to garnish the cookies with little stars. Check out my picture to see how I did.
The most important thing I learned in the first class is that you need to use different icing consistencies depending on what you want to do with it: stiff icing for shaping flowers with standing petals, like roses, medium consistency for making stars, borders and other flowers and thin icing for icing the cake and writing. I am looking forward to learning more in the second class, where we will decorate our first cake.