The Wilton School

An 85 Year Tradition of Decorating Excellence

The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art is a private vocational school that has been the world leader in cake decorating education for generations. It was in 1929 that Dewey McKinley Wilton first began to teach the now-famous "Wilton Method". The Wilton School Mission is to provide excellence in cake decorating education for technique mastery and inspiration for creative expression by school graduates. It starts with age-old cake decorating traditions, enhanced by constantly developing and ever-refining creativity. It continues with Mr. Wilton's philosophy that "learning is best achieved through class participation". This educational approach is embodied in today's greatly expanded Wilton School faculty, curriculum and advanced techniques.


The Wilton Method objectives are mastery of fundamentals and building upon this expertise with greater self-expression and creativity.

Perfection of execution is insisted upon, from the smoothest frostings to the size, shape and positioning of every decoration.

The dynamic, ever-changing aesthetics of cake decorating are taught, exploring color, developing new motifs and encouraging creative experimentation.

Efficient techniques are developed to enhance the creativity of the decorating experience.

As cake decorating arts evolve, the Wilton School grows along with them, covering alternative English and Australian methods, newer pulled sugar and gum paste techniques plus candy making classes. But the age-old craftsmanship and fine artistry first taught by Dewey McKinley Wilton from his home in Chicago remain the foundation of the continually advancing "Wilton Method".