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Wilton Course 2 Class 1: Flower and Cake Design

Wilton Course 2 Class 1: Flower and Cake Design


Wilton course 2: Flower cake

After taking a break from the cake decorating classes over the summer, I finally signed up for my next Wilton Cake Decorating Class. Since Wilton changed the curriculum in June, there are two classes to choose from after completing the Decorating Basics course: Flowers and Cake Design or Gum Paste and Fondant. I signed up for the Flowers and Cake Design class, because that was the next course offered at the local Michael’s store.
I was excited about starting to work with other materials besides buttercream icing. During this course we will work with royal icing and gum paste. You will also use a little bit of fondant to color the gum paste.
During this first class we learned how to color the white gum paste with colored fondant. You can also use the Wilton gel colors for that, but it is messy since the color will stick to your hands. We then made gum glue adhesive by mixing a tiny amount of dried gum paste with a tablespoon of water. After about 30 minutes the gum paste dissolves and makes a milky liquid which is used to glue gum paste flowers together etc. We also talked about the use of several tools and it was very informative to learn more techniques.
The first flower we learned was the button flower. We used colored gum paste, rolled it out and pressed out flower templates using the button flower cut and press set. I really like this neat little tool. It also comes as a Wilton rose leaf cut and press set, which is not included in this kit, but I am thinking about getting it. It makes nice leaves for modern looking designs. We placed the cut out flower pieces in the flower forming cups, so they will get a natural flower form and set them aside to dry. At the end of the class the flower parts were mostly dry. Using the previously made gum glue adhesive we assembled the three flower part and … voila: the finished button flower.

flower cake design

Flower and Cake Design

The last flower we made during the first class was the pansy. It was more complicated, because you have to roll out the gum paste very thin and make a two toned flower. Using a ball tool and thin and thick foam we softened and ruffled the edges of the flowers. This takes some practice and cutting of the excess gum paste at the edges of the flower is key to making a neat pansy. A little very sharp knife is extremely helpful.
I loved making both flowers and cannot wait to learn more tricks and techniques to make my future cakes and cupcakes more beautiful.

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