Anyone Have Anything Good To Say About Wilton Stuff?

Decorating By jennifercullen Updated 29 Jun 2011 , 7:38pm by Texas_Rose

jennifercullen Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:28pm
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I recently bought myself the massive treat of a new spatula lol. The woman in the shop was explaining to me that it was more expensive because it was the 'top' brand of cake decorating stuff Wilton. I already knew the name from the internet and whilst my spatula is fine.. (if it wasn't I'd be worried) but all I have noticed is bad things about the brand, their cake pans, cake leveller... erm I can't really remember the rest but when Wilton is discussed its usually a negative! Does anyone have anything good to say about them? Or is the brand just over rated? Where I live in the UK I don't see too much cake decorating paraphernalia around in supermarkets or anything and when you do see the pans they tend to just be their own brand..

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Daltonsmomma Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:45pm
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I guess everyone has their own preference. When I started baking cakes I bought the round wilton pan set, mainly because i know the brand and wasn't aware of others. I loved them. so now everything I buy is Wilton. I am sure there are even better brands out there but I have been happy with them so I think I will stick with what I know for sure icon_smile.gif....One thing I do not like is Wilton's fondant coloring gel. it takes so much to get the color you want. I buy only Americolor for all my gels now.

AnnieCahill Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:50pm
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Ok Wilton is not awful but some of their stuff isn't the greatest. All my tips and bags are Wilton, as well as my spatulas and the cake insulator thingies you put around the pans before you bake. I do use the small cake leveler but have heard bad things about the large leveler so I don't use that. I do prefer Magic Line pans over Wilton but I used Wilton for years before buying ML pans.

carmijok Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:55pm
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Gotta say I LOVE their pre-made gum paste. It's the best. And I really don't mind their fondant...but I don't cover cakes with it...I just use it for decor.

Vimalai21 Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:56pm
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So I do have to agree with much of what has been said already. I think Wilton is great for the beginning cake decorator. I know i personally would have gotten into decorating if it werent for Wilton, but with that being said, I do think there are better brands for decorating supplies out there. And there in lies the difference between how into decorating or not one is. So for what its worth, I think Wilton is fairly decent all things considered, and at least in the states is accesible to most.

Ellie1985 Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 4:59pm
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As Daltonsmomma said it is everyone's own preference. For me being a hobby baker Wilton pans, etc. are fine for me. Wilton products are readily available at Michaels, Joanne's, Hobby Lobby, etc. no need to order online and pay shippping for the one or two items I need AND with coupons you can get them at a really good price. Of course some things aren't available at Michaels, etc. so then I order online. For professionals I'm sure it is worth the added expense to buy the high quality pans, etc. that can withstand the high volume use.

aggiechef Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:04pm
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I agree with alot of what's been said already. I took the Wilton classes at my local Michael's store so I collected quite a bit of Wilton stuff. I have slowly found the things that I like better in Wilton and the things that I like that aren't Wilton products. I have now switched all of my icing gels out to Americolor, and buy Magic Line square pans. I still buy Wilton round pans because they're readily available and the most used in my collection. The premade gumpaste is the best, IMO, and the already colored fondant is great for modeling decorations.

Hope this helps a little bit.

leah_s Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:14pm
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Let's face it, Wilton was created for the hobbiest/homemaker wanting to make cakes for their family. It's definitely NOT professional quality nor is it meant to be. It's fine as starter stuff.

That said I use the divider mat all the time.

ehhh . . . that's about it. Oh and some leftover pans that I'm too cheap to replace, but I always pull and use the good pans first.

maisyone2 Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:28pm
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Wilton products are for all cakers, professional and hobbyiest. Personal preference is key. I've seen Wilton tools repeatedly being used by both Duff and Buddy on their shows. Personally I have a mixture of tools and pans from both Wilton and other brands. I prefer my cake pans to be Wilton with the exception of the squares and rectangles, those I will only use MagicLine.

icer101 Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:35pm
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I see Nick Lodge using wilton brand products in his classes. You can,t get any more professional than Him. I have lots of other brand name tools,etc., but i still like some of Wiltons brand. I love Nick Lodge g/p, and next to that is the wilton premade. It is really good to work with.

jennifercullen Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:38pm
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That's a good point actually made by a few people I guess its a great brand for home baking but its just not industrial type quality! Never really thought of it like that icon_smile.gif

maisyone2 Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:45pm
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Originally Posted by jennifercullen

That's a good point actually made by a few people I guess its a great brand for home baking but its just not industrial type quality! Never really thought of it like that icon_smile.gif

As was said above, Duff, Buddy and Nicholas Lodge use Wilton brand tools. Personal preference, but is these professionals use some Wilton tools they must be "industrial" enough for them.

AnotherCaker Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 5:59pm
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I love the convenience of the gumpaste, although I know making Nick Lodge is better. I already make my own MFF, I'm not adding another freaking thing to the list.

I love the big white rolling pin, don't take that away from me, it's my favorite. The mini rolling pin, love that too. Spatulas? Not really, I buy Ateco wooden handled ones. Wilton piping bags? Sure, I have some of those. Pans? Hell no. Magic Line or die. Coloring? No, Americolor please. Glycerin? Sure, even though I really should be buying that in bulk from another supplier. The cutesy little cutter things for wafer paper and frosting sheets? No. The cheesy detail lacking molds? No thanks.

The tool with the moveable pins to mark areas on the sides of the cake? LOVE it!

btrsktch Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 6:05pm
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I swear by their gumpaste. I've tried alot of brands and recipes to make your own, including taking a class with RBI and trying his recipe. Wilton's dries so fast that it makes me work faster, hence getting more flowers done without having to wait a day for it to dry in between steps.

A few of the tools here and there I find useful and still use today after 10 years (the swag marker mainly), but I've replaced all of their pans and can't stand their colors.

jennifercullen Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 6:25pm
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Oh yes sorry maisyone2 I hadn't seen those posts when I started writing my reply! (I'm using my mobile so it takes me a few mins to write it out properly)

I was just curious anyway, as I hadn't really heard anything good until now lol

jason_kraft Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 6:41pm
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Originally Posted by maisyone2

As was said above, Duff, Buddy and Nicholas Lodge use Wilton brand tools. Personal preference, but is these professionals use some Wilton tools they must be "industrial" enough for them.

Either that or there is some product placement going on. If the brand is noticeable in multiple shots throughout the show, money is probably changing hands.

Texas_Rose Posted 29 Jun 2011 , 7:38pm
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They make a lot of tools and they're not expensive in the US, plus the craft stores always have coupons we can use.

I like some of their stuff. Other items are terrible. You have to remember that you'll read more about the terrible things than you will about the things that work well, because that's just human nature. Their ribbon cutter, for example, has never worked for me. Their old gumpaste flower set only made really small flowers. Yes, I complained about those whenever anyone asked about Wilton.

Their new silicone molds are great, and the new gumpaste flower set is very useful (as long as you buy the flower impression mat set too). I like the way you can open the lids of their pearl dust without pliers.

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