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Wilton Method Classes FAQ

Common questions about Wilton Method Courses

Below is a list of common questions about Wilton Method courses. Responses can be found by clicking the links. If you don't find the answers you need, please click here to contact us.

Course content

1. What are Wilton Method Courses?

The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating® is the best and easiest way to learn and improve all the decorating skills you need for any decorating project – from cupcakes to wedding cakes. Over the past 85 years, more than 5 million people have experienced the excitement of learning to decorate with Wilton. In a Wilton Method course, you will learn and improve core decorating techniques from a highly skilled Wilton Method instructor and will learn how to apply your skills to make any decorating project amazing.

2. What types of courses does Wilton offer?

Wilton offers four core courses that teach beginner to advanced decorating skills using buttercream, fondant, gum paste and other decorating materials. In addition, Wilton offers project classes in which students learn and apply several decorating skills to make a single project. No matter how much experience you've had, you will learn something new in a Wilton Method Course!

3. Which course is right for me?

We encourage all our students to begin with Course 1 where you will learn and perfect a broad set of buttercream decorating skills, including lines, borders and flowers. Courses 2, 3 and 4 expand on this foundation with more advanced skills in buttercream, fondant and gum paste.

If you have taken a decorating class in the past, you can talk with the Wilton Method Instructor at your local store to determine the best place to start.

4. Are courses offered in other languages?

Yes, some stores offer classes in Spanish or French, or bilingual courses in both English/Spanish and English/French. You can find out if a store in your local area offers bilingual courses by looking at the store's class calendar online or calling the store.

5. What skills and techniques will I learn in the course?

The skills and techniques vary by course. Please click a course to learn more.

Course 1: Building Buttercream Skills

In Course 1, you will learn a broad set of buttercream decorating techniques using The Wilton Method® and develop skills you can use for all your decorating projects, from cupcakes to cakes for any special occasion.

Whether you are new to decorating or have been decorating for years, when you finish, you will be proud of the new skills and techniques you've learned and ready to showcase them on your next project.

Your skilled Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn how easy it can be to:

  • Make icing the right consistency to decorate
  • Fill and use a decorating bag
  • Ice and decorate cupcakes
  • Pipe lines, letters and shapes
  • Make simple borders , letters, and shapes on your cake
  • Make 5 different buttercream flowers including the ribbon rose
  • Transfer images to a cake to decorate
  • And more exciting skills and techniques!

Course 2: Flowers and Cake Design

In Course 2, you will learn to work with royal icing as well as an intro to using fondant and gum paste. You will develop core skills to make many varieties of flowers, such as pansies, lilies and the Wilton Rose.

You will learn how to design a cake, from selecting the colors to arranging your flowers.

Your skilled Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn to:

  • Design the color palette and pattern for a cake
  • Work with gum paste, fondant and royal icing
  • Create 9 different types of flowers, and how to feature them on your next project
  • Pipe additional decorative borders onto your cake
  • And more exciting skills and techniques!u

Course 3: Gum Paste and Fondant

In Course 3, you will develop new skills working with fondant and gum paste and apply them to create shapes, borders, flowers, and much more.

In addition, you will learn to cover a cake with fondant and will work with your instructor to design and create a complete project using all your new skills and techniques.

Your skilled Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn to:

  • Prepare and color gum paste and fondant
  • Cover a cake with fondant
  • Create more than 10 different types of bows and flowers, including the calla lily, rose, and carnation
  • Design and complete a cake with the shapes and flowers from the course
  • And more exciting skills and techniques!

Course 4: Advanced Gum Paste Flowers

In Course 4, you will learn advanced techniques for working with gum paste to make realistic flowers. The flowers and arrangements you create with these skills will be the perfect addition to any cake, cupcake or party table.

Your skilled Wilton Method Instructor will help you each step of the way as you learn to:

  • Use Gum Paste to create advanced, realistic flowers, including gerbera daisies and stargazer lilies
  • Create a variety of leaves, blossoms, and bouquet designs
  • And more exciting skills and techniques!

6. Who teaches the course?

Every Wilton Method course is taught by a Wilton Method Instructor. All of our instructors are skilled decorators and are passionate about helping each student build decorating skills they will be proud of.

Course logistics

7. Where are courses available?

You can find a list of major retailer locations that offer Wilton Method Courses by clicking here.

In addition, other local, craft retailers may offer Wilton Method Courses. We encourage you to call or visit such locations to inquire.

8. What is the course schedule?

Wilton Method Courses 1 through 4 each consist of four (4), two-hour class sessions. Typically there is one (1) class session per week for four (4) consecutive weeks. Class times and days vary by location. Courses typically begin in the first full week of the month.

9. How can I register for a course?

You can find your nearest Wilton Method Courses by using our class locator. To register for the course, call or visit the store where the course is offered.

10. What is the minimum age for students?

Wilton Courses 1 through 4 are designed for students age 12 or older. However, individual retailers may have their own guidelines for the age of students, so you should check with the store.

Select stores offer Wilton Method decorating classes specifically for children. Please check with your local retailers.

11. How much do courses cost?

The tuition fee varies by retailer. Please contact your local store for tuition and to learn about any promotions or discounts they may offer.

In addition to tuition, there are basic decorating supplies that each student must bring to the class. Most of these can be found in the Course Kits available for sale at each store. The tools used in the Courses are core decorating tools that you will be able to use for many projects in the course and beyond.

12. Course tuition cancellation policy

The cancellation policy is set by the retailer where the course is offered. Please contact the store for additional information.

Preparing for class

13. What should I bring to class?

It is strongly recommended that you purchase either the course kit for Courses 1 through 3 or the Ultimate Decorating Set. The Course 1 through 3 kits contain decorating tools specific to that course, whereas the Ultimate Decorating Set contains a broader suite of tools, including those for Courses 1 through 3, and is organized in a convenient carrying caddy.

For Course 4, the course kit is required and contains additional tools not found in the Ultimate Decorating Set.

Depending on the retailer, your course lesson plan may be included with course tuition or you may need to purchase it separately. Please check with the retail associate upon registration.

In addition, there are basic supplies to bring from home for each class. You can find the complete supply lists for each night of class here:


14. Do I need to bake my own cakes and cupcakes in order to take a course?

You do not have to bake your own cakes or cupcakes to take a Wilton Method Course. Many grocery bakeries will allow you to purchase undecorated, plain cakes and cupcakes. Just be sure to specify the size that is recommended in your course syllabus.

Putting your new decorating skills to work

15. Where can I find ideas for projects to use my new skills?

We are constantly updating our online database of recipes and design ideas. The Wilton Yearbook is another great source of hundreds of design ideas. You can purchase it online or at many local retailers in the decorating aisle. You can also find ideas from the Wilton decorating team on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and on wilton.com. In addition, over 4,000 decorating ideas are organized and searchable in the free Wilton Cake Ideas & More App which is available here for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Sharing ideas

16. Where can I share my cakes and ideas?

We love to see our students' putting their decorating skills to work and sharing their creations with each other. You can share your Course cake photos with us on Pinterest. We encourage you to post pictures of your decorated baked goods and ideas for recipes, designs and potential course topics.

Becoming a Wilton Method Instructor

17. How can I become an instructor?

Are you interested in joining the community of more than 3,000 Wilton Method Instructors? Click here to learn more about being an instructor. Click here to apply.