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Wilton Decorating Basics: Class Two

If you’re paying attention you’ll notice I’m starting with class two instead of one. It’s a somewhat long story as to how I missed the first class and it’s not really important; the point is, last night was technically my first class and I LOVED it! 

I’ve been wanting to take some sort of a culinary class for a long time and I’ve always seen Hobby Lobby and Michael’s offer Wilton Cake Classes, but I’ve never been in one place (i.e. city) long enough to take all four classes…until now. 

So I signed up for the class and last night we decorated a cake! We had to bring in A LOT of things for this class including a leveled cake and two recipe’s worth of icing. I would’ve taken pictures of this process, but I was concentrating way too hard to not screw up. I had a few mishaps, but nothing cosmic, so I was good to go. 

Here’s what we did during our class:

First we colored our icing:
Then it was time for a “crumb coat”: 

Then I got my hands dirty—literally—in dye:

Practice makes perfect! SO. Much. Fun! 

By the time the crumb coat had dried, so it was time for the actual layer of icing. (I’m sure there’s a technical word for it, but we’ll just call it the actual layer of frosting):
And then! (This was the cool part!) You take piping gell and trace whatever design you want to create onto wax paper. It’s clear, so when you put it on the cake the person eating it won’t be able to see your trace, they’ll just see the actual design. GENIUS! 
After you put the trace on the cake you can go and fill everything in, kinda like a coloring book. Here’s where I “built” my cupcake! 

(Wow. Sorry about the different shades of pink there. Yikes).
And here’s the final product: 

YEA!!! I’m really happy with the way it turned out. I did the “confetti” really quickly and I know they’re not how they should be, but I know what I did wrong and can fix it next time. 

Next week we’re making cupcakes and flowers and I’ll be sure to post all about it. 

Have you ever taken a culinary class? If you haven’t, what kind of cooking class would you like to take?


  1. I took the level 1 & 2 class during my hubby's last deployment. I absolutely loved them! It helped me discover my true passion 🙂 Hope you have tons of fun chickadee!!

  2. I think you have found another thing you are going to be AMAZING at 🙂 I love that you decorated a cake with a cup cake!!! I cannot wait to see what you come up with at your next class 🙂

  3. It looks really cute! I want to take a cake-baking class…but I would definitely start with the beginner's. I can cook but I can't bake to save myself.

  4. Wonderful job! I've always wanted to take some sort of culinary/cooking class as well but haven't found one (then again, I haven't looked very hard). Your cake turned out major cute — keep it up!

  5. Looks awesome! And it sounds like you had fun too.

    I am a truly terrible cake decorator, I could really benefit from a cake decorating class! Especially with 4 cakes to decorate a year 🙂

  6. i so want to take one of these classes! I just made my first cupcake pull-apart cake and had a blast with it, but didn't really know where to start with it all!

  7. Great job on your cake!!! I took the Wilton classes too. Although, I took class 1 & 2 then they changed the format and I took class 3 in the new format. I'd like to go back and take class 1 & 2 again. We'll see. I absolutely loved the classes and they inspired me to start my food blog. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read more about your classes!

  8. This is so cool! It reminds me of my class only I made the rainbow cake. I can't wait to read the next posts. Catching up slowly but surely. 🙂

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