When I was growing up, I did a lot of the cookie and cake baking for our large family. After I left home, my baking days were put on the back burner until I started my own family. Since I was known for my creativity, the simple iced cakes and cupcakes I had been making for years did not fit the bill. This spring, I finally signed up at my local Michaels Store for Wilton Cake Decorating Course 1. I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be very good at it, but started to get excited as I gathered my supplies.
To begin, I picked up my Course 1 materials kit which came with the decorating bags, decorating tips and other tools that were needed. I added in paper towels and baby wipes for clean-up purposes, as well as icing color and icing.
I filled my decorating bags with two types of icing. The first was white Decorator Icing for my decorations and the other was Creamy Decorator Icing to be used for icing my cakes. Everything fit beautifully into my Wilton Decorator Preferred Carry-All Tote. This was so easy to carry all my items back and forth from class.
When I arrived at the first class I met Bernadette, our Wilton instructor. She was very welcoming and quickly made the course objectives clear. She broke down what we were going to learn in each lesson and what we needed for each. This made planning ahead much easier.
We began our first lesson by going through our course material and becoming acquainted with the decorating tips and other items in the box. We learned how to color our icing, fill a decorating bag, and hold a decorating bag.
We learned how to create basic decorations in our first class. The practice board that is included in the class kit was a welcome addition. It gives you a great way to practice over and over on techniques before you move to your actual treat.
This first class we tried our decorating skills out on some simple cookies, which by the end looked very cute and not half-bad to my surprise. Although it seemed like a simple exercise, I was excited at the wow factor that it added to simple sugar cookies from the grocery store. I was certainly looking forward to my next class.
Armed with the knowledge I had learned in my first class, I was ready to go home and practice my new skills, which were also part of my homework assignment for the next lessons. I knew baking cupcakes and mixing icing would be part of the agenda, and I couldn’t wait to see how they would play into lessons two and three.
Want to see what happens next? Be sure to stay tuned for my next posting, where I’ll share my newfound experience with icing and buttercream transfers.
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