How can I get started with cake decorating?
I would like to find some basic Wilton classes. Any recommendations for a starting point?
Of course, search Google online for Wilton classes. Most AC Moore Michaels have them regularly. This should give you a start. Hope this helps.
Is there any one class I should start with? Like a cake decorating 101? I found a lot of classes in my area but they seemed so random. I know there is a lot to learn in just making the cake and getting it ready to frost. :-)
Usually when you call to schedule a class they have the information available. I went to the first class of Wilton only, that was back in 2004 (lol just a reminder of how much older I am now:( ) Anyway, there is a "starter" class etc. etc. Call the store where the classes are and ask. They should have the information. Do not get lost with many different ones, just keep it simple, ask for Wilton basic decorating 1st class.
Start with Wilton's Course 1 Building Buttercream Skills. It's been a loooooong time since I took mine, but I believe the formats are still the same (4 weeks of class, one class per week). Supplies usually aren't provided, so look into that.
I found the courses and I will be signing up. I'm really looking forward to it :-)
Sadly, as of March 2017, Michaels Arts and Crafts is no longer offering Wilton full courses and will only have single 2 hour lessons which will change every 2 months. I suggest seeking other similar stores in your area and perhaps a private cake decorating supply store will offer a full course. In person classes, though, are the best. Good luck. If you are in the Austin, TX area I will be happy to give you private lessons.
Classes are good but you can also go to youtube and type in buttercream borders, buttercream recipes, buttercream flowers, buttercream piping, buttercream cakes, Russian piping tips,wedding cakes, fondant, etc. Most of them will show you which tips to use to make the different borders and flowers and how to hold tips, etc. Make buttercream or buy it in big tub at Micheals just for practicing with on sides of cake pans or wax paper, Practice and practice till you learn how to squeeze with correct pressure when making borders and buttercream flowers.
This is how I learned how. It does however take lots and lots of practice. Take picts of your cakes and you will see that your cakes get better and better the more you practice!! You can do if you set your mind to it!!!
Check out your community college or technology center.