Poll: How Many Took Cake Decorating Classes?

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newbiecakemaker Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 9:29pm
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I am thinking about taking a class at a community colllege on basic cake decorating to kind get me on my feet. I was just curious if that's something alot of people do? Or do you all just do your own thing and find out your naturally talented ? icon_smile.gif Just curious icon_smile.gif

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Lisa Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 9:42pm
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Hi...I don't see a poll. Did you want a voting poll?

I think if you get a chance to take any classes--go for it! I haven't taken any yet and I don't consider myself naturally talented. I consider CC and other sites like it my classroom icon_biggrin.gif I'm taught by my friends here and on the web so thanks to all of you!

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greencargirl Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 9:46pm
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I haven't taken any classes yet but I really want to. I'm waiting till we have a Hobby Lobby built here which is supposed to be by the end of the year and then I'll probably sign up for one if I can afford it. I've just been reading a lot on here and I go to the library for a lot of stuff.

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peacockplace Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 9:56pm
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I took the wilton classes, but learned nearly everything about fondant from this site and the wilton site!

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CarolAnn Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 10:00pm
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I took one and a half Wilton classes. I can't say the classes taught me anything I wouldn't have picked up easily on my own with a book. My instructor gave us some very helpful tips but nothing she learned in a class either. I'm a very fast learner specially when I can see a thing done. I hadn't made flowers yet but everything else was easy. That was the basics of Course I and II. What I'd love now is a class on how to do the fancier stuff like draping (with bc) and string work (or whatever it's called lol) and the lacy stuff. More than that I'd love to be someone's apprentice/helper just for the learning experience.

I'd say if you have a chance to take a class do it once, then you'll know whether you'll want to take more or learn on your own.

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Loucinda Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 10:55pm
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I have taken Course I and II, and am currently working on III. I have learned quite a bit, as I am a visual learner - once I see how it is done, I can usually do it. Our instructor is going to do an advanced class this summer for us in fondant and gum paste. I have learned a lot from reading all the tips and advice too. This is a wonderful site.

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TheCakeShak Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 11:13pm
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icon_biggrin.gif Hello there...I took all 3 classes. The last class they taught us how to do those fancy ruffles and ropes and string work. The classes were given by a certified Wilton Instructor. I took my classes via Michaels Crafts.
I then followed up with numerous videos, books, literature whatever I could get my hands on. Then just practice, practice, practice. I found my niche in the cake side much better than the cookies. But I still do some cookies. I just don't really use that color flow fill, or fill on the cookie. I found that by working with fondant on cookies it is more fun..
So I continued with the cake side..mostly wedding cakes and stuff. But I keep my cakes simple and with the decor simple too. Seems that over here alot of brides like their cakes simple.. I then went via Jeeves and looked at hundreds and hundreds of wedding cake pictures and printed the ones I really like to do. So when the brides look at my albums, I am honest with them and tell them what ones I have actually done.. The classes at Michaels were great I thought, so was the class fee. And the best thing was getting all those goodies for a discount so long as you had your class receipt!!! icon_wink.gif

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sunlover00 Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 11:22pm
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I took all three Wilton classes also, but not until I'd been doing cakes for about 3 years. Although I found that I knew how to do many of the techniques already, I also learned some new things but mostly tips on how to improve the cake overall. It was also nice to see how others decorated and pushed me to improve and be better! I would recommend the classes. They can't take you back, only bring you forward. thumbs_up.gif

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CIndymm4 Posted 24 Apr 2005 , 11:26pm
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I've taken Course I, II and have one more class in III.....I have actually learned more here from this site though......my instructor is okay, but not what I would consider a expert.....I'm glad I have taken the classes though, it proved to me that I do have a natural talent and I want to learn more. I'm with the others, if you have an opportunity to take some classes, do so, I don't think you'll be sorry you did.

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AgentCakeBaker Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 1:14am
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I have taken three Wilton courses. They were lots of fun. I want to take more classes but I think I can get most of my skills from talking to other users on this site.

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tcturtleshell Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 1:16am
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I've taken all 3 Wilton classes too. I enjoyed them~ Now I want to take gum paste classes!

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SweetieShell Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 1:32am
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Tonight I finished Course I. I'd like to take Course II and the Wedding Cake course offered by my local bakery. I also took a rolled fondant class last week, it was just one session. I'll have to agree w/the others in that taking the classes can only help you. It's one thing to look in a book and understand the fundamentals of tip placement/angle and direction, it's another to have someone be able to show you how much pressure to assert, when to stop and pull away.

Look around your area to see how many different places do offer classes. I didn't even think of Hobby Lobby... I'm going to look into theirs for price/dates and times, to see if they're more convenient for me.

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stephanie214 Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 1:47am
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I am in Wilton II now and will finish next Sunday. I am not impressed much with my Instructor. Alot of things I've learned from you here on this forum and Wilton's forum. I think that I will try a different place for Course III. Meeting the students was fun. But hey, give it a try, you might luck up and get a really good instructor! thumbs_up.gif

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zoozieqv Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:25am
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I took all three Wilton classes and I loved them. I think I needed them for the confidence of having someone SHOW me the basics. Plus, I loved going and chatting with the other ladies while we worked. It was like a girls night out with strangers....until the 3rd class and we all knew eachother. I vote go for it!!!

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cakeconfections Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:27am
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I have taken course I and II of wilton and two classes at a community college that pretty much covers all three wilton courses plus more. I have also started teaching classes for wilton at a Michaels store.

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AngelWendy Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:41am
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I have taken the first two Wilton courses. There isn't a Course III in my area til fall. I have to say it did inspire me and pushed me to get the equipment.. Once I had spent so much on all that I felt I really had to practice more often! The classes were frustrating to me because of being too rigid. I'm glad they are over as I'm having more fun playing and doing what I want now.


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NEWTODECORATING Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:48am
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I am going to be finishing Wilton class I this Sat. I LOVE IT! Not only for the instruction, but for meeting new people with a simular interest and getting their advice on problems they have run into.
I am signed up for class II. My classes are at AC MOORE and the first class(four Sat evenings)cost $15.00. Classes after that are $25.00 for each set of classes with a gift upon completion of the class

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cakeconfections Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:50am
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sorry to hear your class was so rigid. I do not take what I teach to serious at all. After all, they are there because it is fun and they want to be. So i teach what is there, and if they get off course or ask about something else, I am more them happy to help. I have to bee there to. so i want to enjoy my time also.

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cakemommy Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:51am
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I have never taken the Wilton courses. I took three months of classes by an independent decorator and member of the San Diego Cake Club and ICES. She's been decorating for over 30 years. She's been requested to make cakes for political functions in D.C. over the last 14 years. I think I'm good to go with what she taught me. I was told by several of the members of SDCC who teach that I don't want to learn the Wilton way so I didn't.


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cocakedecorator Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:52am
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After 10 years of cake decorating, all of which I have taught myself from books,internet etc. I decided to take the wilton class. I am on week 3 of class 1 and I am having a ball. I am brushing up on my techniques and learning new tips etc. I plan on taking all three classes. It is fun and I have meet alot of great people.

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CakesbyKimmie Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 2:57am
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When I was little my neighbor taught me how to make the roses and other flowers, but I primarily learned through the Wilton classes that I took from the local Michaels stores. My teacher was great and I might even take the class again as a refresher and each instructor teaches new tricks and techniques. I would highly recomend it.

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ump107 Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 3:57am
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I havent had the chance to take any classes as of yet my busy schedule prevents it. If I ever get a chance to take a class I will. I know my local Michaels offers Wilton classes, Ill have to see if maybe I can find a class at the community college. I am enrolled for a non-baking program but maybe there is a culinary/ cake-decorating elective I can use to fill in some of my credits with.

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RhondaK Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 4:00am
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I just graduated from the Wilton I class this past Saturday. I plan to take the II class, but I'll have to wait a month, because there aren't any Saturday classes available next month and I work second shift, so I can't do anything during the week after 2pm!!! (Booooo!!!)

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oceanneyez Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 4:19am
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I am in the middle of my Wilton II course and it's great! I am making my first baby shower cake tomorrow for someone at work. The only thing I am worried about is it tipping over on my ride to work! I am making the 3D Rubber Ducky so hopefully it will be fine icon_smile.gif

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sweeterbug1977 Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 4:43am
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I have taken all three Wilton classes offered at Michaels. I am in the process of teaching myself how to do gumpaste and sculpt figures from fondant since I cannot find a class on those things here.

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SarahJane Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:35am
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I took all three courses. I found them very valuable. I am a real visual learner. I had tried to learn flowers and stuff on my own and totally failed so I finally broke down and took the Wilton courses. I did it with a group of about 6 friends, and 2 of us made it all the way through the third class. It was a lot of fun. It was a night out everyweek with out the kids and I didn't have to cook or do dishes that night. I would recommend finding a friend who is interested too and taking the class together. icon_smile.gif SARAH

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tanyascakes Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:46am
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I never took any of the classes. I was taught to do the shaped pans by a firend and self taught the rest. I would like to take the classes, though. I really need some work on some of the flowers and the lace techniques. I think that if I had a friend to go with that would help alot. But now I will have to wait until I get back to the States again!! This is going to be a long 3 years!

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Beecharmer Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 5:42pm
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I have finished Wilton Course I & II and will start on III next week. I learned a lot from them, especially when I didn't get teh instructions. The instructor was very helpful and worked with us one on one if need be. I have learned so much from this website though. I'm embarrassed icon_redface.gif to say I only thought you could decorate with one kind of icing until I got on this website. I believe I've read elsewhere on this website (and I agree) it is definitely advertising for Wilton.

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diane Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:05pm
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i'm self-taught. i started in 1995 or earlier, can't remember, but can you tell looking at my cakes?? icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif

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diane Posted 25 Apr 2005 , 6:05pm
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i'm self-taught. i started in 1995 or earlier, can't remember, but can you tell looking at my cakes?? icon_confused.gificon_lol.gif

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