I have been wanting to take some proper lesson on cake decorating so just when I thought work is not busy I went on to sign on for one. Things took a turn when work went crazy with me knocking off work at 2am, 10pm, leaving me practically with no time to “enjoy” my lessons. No time to practise and I had to prepare my buttercream like 5 days ahead and leave it in the fridge, no time to bake the cake despite buying the 8″ cake tin and Wilton bake-even strips.
The reason for me writing this 5 part entry is I find little information on what to expect of the class. I hope this will give those who will like to attend a better idea. In addition, I will not name where I took the class from so please don’t leave comment here asking, simply because I’m not given any commission … er .. no .. that’s not the reason but it’s subjective to each and individual if the course benefit one. And do not expect much pictures cos I was busy listening and watching!
You will be given one set of student kit that includes these :
- Course 1 Book
- 2 x 10-inch featherweight bags
- 1 x disposable piping bag
- 2 x Standard couplers
- #7 flower nail
- Tips Round #3 & #12, Star #16 & #21, Rose #104, Drop Flower 2D and Leaf 67
- Practice board set
- Small straight spatula
- Tip brush
- Decorator brush
But … that’s not enough! Despite I thought I’m quite well equipped with baking tools, I end up spending another bomb buying more tools. These are what you need (not exactly what I buy thou)
- Turntable! Yes … you need a turntable to frost the cake. IKEA’s lazy susan is the best deal so far thou I will very much prefer a higher one, easier to work on.
- Angled Spatula – easier to frost the cake
- More piping bags for many many buttercreams you need to prepare
- Wilton Cake Leveler – you want a nicely cut, even cake layer right?
- Wilton bake-even strips – you want a perfectly bake level cake so that your cake can be nicely frost.
- Many colors – Try to get the Wilton Icing Set which is the best deal since you won’t be adding tsp of colorings to your buttercream. Just a tiny bit will do.
- Wilton Flower Lifter – you use this to lift your rose up before putting on the cake
- Extra piping tips especially Star #16 as in the Rainbow cake, you have 4 colors to work with and you won’t want to get yourself busy changing and washing tips.
- Parchment/Greaseproof Paper – for cutting 4cm x 4cm square to pipe rose, to trace your rainbow.
- Wilton Small Derby Clown Topper – you will learn how to pipe a clown in the 3rd lesson.
- Shortening – Loads of shortening
- Icing Sugar – Bags of icing sugar which I approximately use 3kgs of icing sugar.
- Piping jelly
- Meringue Powder
- Flavourings – to flavour your buttercream
- 8″ buttercake x 3
sorry i don’t quite get you. so your purpose of writing this post is to give more information on those who wanna attend the class yet at the same time you’re not gonna disclose where you took the class. is it abit contradicting? or you mean don’t ask you via comment section but can email you to ask?
Hi Jacquelyn, the purpose of the post is to give readers a more indepth view of what is expected of the class, what you need to buy etc. But I prefer not to name the school as it is subjective if the school is good. I hope this clear the air.
Wow, seems like I gotta prepare a big budget if I wanna attend this course. I’ve been hestitating because of $.
Hey there Elyn!
I see you found IKEA’S lazy susan too!! I was so happy when I found it coz it was so cheap and worth it!! 😀
Elyn, I didn’t spent a single cent when I was doing this course. In fact, the school that I attended even provide cakes and cream.
I learn wilton1 from a school … over there I have to prepare everything… hence quite hectic…I thought initially all school will be the same.
after that I attended wilton 2 & 3 from Phoon Huat and they provide alot for the students and I was impress… now I finish wilton3 by this saturday and glad I chose Phoon Huat in the end.
next year will con’t with them for other courses.
hope this info helps for mui mui
I think I know which school you are learning from. Same thing. Bad experience. And I was literally being ignored as the teacher focused on the other 2 ladies. Every session was a nightmare to me as I had to borrow eqipments from others to prepare the buttercream. I refused to buy anything extra as I went for the course purely for the love of doing decoration . . . i think that sort of pissed them off.
But seriously, I am glad to change to Phoon Huat for my subsequent wilton courses. Even though the class size is bigger, the teacher is def more patient than the previous teacher I had. And it is nice they prepare the cakes and cream for you 🙂
I’m going to enrol this Wilton course but im worry the sch im attending are the one you all are talking about so could u please email and inform me which is the school name.
Agreed with Elyn. I attended Course 1. Doubt whether we were in the same school. The teacher would focus on those sitting in front of her , or those foreigner students, ignoring those sitting further away from her. We got to buy list of items (quite costly) for the nxt lesson where the students could just share among each other . I wld go to PhoonHuat for my future courses. Tks 4 ur adv
Becos the foreign students will be more willing to spend? For my case, the trainer kept communicating in her dialect with some students so we don’t understand what is going on.